Chislehurst Caves

Miles of mystery and history beneath your feet

Chislehurst Caves

Caveside Close

Old Hill




Phone 020 8467 3264


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The Caves & Cafe are open from Wednesday to Sunday and every day during local School & Bank Holidays (except at Christmas and the New Year)

Meet the team



  • Chris

part-time guide


  • Paul

full-time guide


  • Jason

cave manager

you are here ~ about us



  • Brian

part-time guide


  • Chrissy

part-time guide


  • Jeff

part-time guide


  • Rod

part-time guide



  • Chalky

the Cave cat


  • Desmond

part-time guide


  • Nick

part-time guide


  • Stefan

part-time guide

The caves at Chislehurst are a labyrinth of man made tunnels forming a maze covering over six hectares thirty metres below the woodlands above. They were dug for chalk used in lime burning and brick-making for the building of London, also for flints to fire the tinderboxes and flintlock guns of years ago.



First open to the public in the start of the 20th century as a showplace, the guides told the Victorian history of Druids, Romans and Saxons, smuggling and murder.

The last 100 years has added munitions storage for the Woolwich Arsenal in the 1914-18 war, mushroom growing in the 1920's & 30's and becoming an underground town as one of the largest deep air-raid shelters in the country, protecting over 15,000 people at the height of the blitz. In the 1960's & 70's as a venue for dances and concerts, presenting the foundations of Jazz, Skiffle & Folk music to the most famous names in pop and rock.

If you've been to the Caves, let people know what you think.

  • Emma

part-time guide

  • Wolfgang

part-time Guide


  • Darren                            -t

full-time guide

  • Darren

full-time guide

  • Terry G

part-time guide

  • Pete

part-time guide

  • Paul D

part-time guide

  • Dan

part-time guide

  • Charlotte

part-time office/sales