Chislehurst Caves

Miles of mystery and history beneath your feet

Chislehurst Caves

Caveside Close

Old Hill

Chislehurst

Kent

BR7 5NL

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

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  • Barbara

part-time guide

 

  • Chris

part-time guide



 

  • Paul

full-time guide

 

  • Jason

cave manager

you are here ~ about us

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  • Brian

part-time guide

 

  • Chrissy

part-time guide

 

  • Jeff

part-time guide

 

  • Rod

part-time guide

 

  • Wolfgang

full-time guide

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  • 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.

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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.
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