Exploring The Caves

Everyone wanting to explore the caves must join a lamp-lit guided tour. The caves are a labyrinth of dark mysterious passageways which you would be unlikely to find your way through unaided.

Tours leave every hour on the hour and last for around 45-50 minutes, please book a tour before you visit. Tours do leave more frequently during peak times.

The number of people on each tour depends on demand and there is no minimum number for a tour to take place. Normally at busy times we limit the tours to a maximum of 40 people, during Covid we are limiting tours to 20 people.

We recommend wearing sensible footwear (boots or trainers) and standard clothing is fine, but it is worth remembering that in summer the caves are much cooler than outdoors.

The Caves may not be suitable for those of a very nervous disposition, an acute fear of darkness, claustrophobia or a fear of mannequins.

Prices

Adult rate – 16 to 60 – £7
Senior rate – over 60 – £5
Child rate – 3 to 15 – £5

Children under 3 are admitted free on public tours.

By arranging a group visit you get a tour guide to yourself rather than it being a group rate.

Discounts – We try to keep our prices reasonable for everyone so do not offer any further discounts.

*Group Bookings

We ask that large groups do book click here for more information.

There is free coach parking available in the car park.

Open Times

The caves are open Wednesdays to Sunday, on Bank Holidays (except Christmas and New Year) and every day during local school holidays, please don’t hesitate to telephone the caves during school holidays to check.

CAVES – Open from 10am and the last tour is at 4pm.

TICKET OFFICE – Open between
9.00am-5pm.

GIFT SHOP – Open between 9.00am-5pm.

CAFÉ – Open between 9.00am-4pm.

Children Visiting The Caves

Children are welcome, but children under 3 may find the caves a little intimidating and unaccompanied child will not be admitted. A child must be accompanied by a person 21yrs or older.

See the link to the fun facts page for children to complete after they have visited the caves – click here to download. Other quiz’s are available at the Caves, please ask for more information.

Accessibility

Pushchair and wheelchair users may have difficulty in negotiating the caves due to the natural uneven floor surfaces which are rather like cobbles.

It is permitted to take a pushchair or wheelchair in to the caves, but due to the uneven floor surfaces in parts of the caves it can be quite hard work and it will be a bit of a rough ride! Please bear in mind that you, or someone in your group will also need to carry a lantern.

Guide dogs are permitted in the caves.

Parking and How to Find us

How to Find Us
Caveside Close, Old Hill, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5QX

The entrance can be found in Caveside Close near the “Bickley Arms” public house.

By Road
Take the A222 between the A20 and A21. At the railway bridge by Chislehurst Station, turn into Station Approach, turn right at the end then right again into Caveside Close.

If using a Sat-Nav, the postcode BR7 5QX will put you at the entrance in Caveside Close.

By Rail
The Caves are a short walk from Chislehurst Railway Station, which is only 30 minutes from London Bridge. There are regular trains to Chislehurst from Charing Cross and London Bridge, from the station turn left into Station Approach and follow the above directions.

By Bus to Chislehurst Railway Station
The 269 runs between Bromley and Bexleyheath and the 162 runs between Beckenham and Eltham.

Car Park

There is free car park and coach parking for visitors to the caves.

Gift Shop

There is a gift shop which sells a variety of gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your trip to the Caves.

Eating

Café
The café serves breakfast, lunch and tea, a variety of hot and cold drinks, ice creams as well as homemade cakes and light snacks.

There are children’s options available and if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know.

Picnics
There are outdoor picnic tables for visitors and groups to use if you bring your own picnic.

CLICK HERE – for menu options.
*Menus are a guide and can be subject to change.