Average time spent – 1 hour
Things to do at Chiselhurst Caves review
Chiselhurst caves is not what you’d expect to find in the middle of Kent next to a pub, but there it is. It’s easy to get to and there is free parking. Children are welcome, but pushchairs and wheelchairs may struggle on the uneven ground. You will also need a hand free for a lantern.
There is a cafe, gift shop and exhibition above ground with various things to eat and drink. You have to go on a guided tour which you don’t need to book for. They leave on the hour every hour in peak season and last about 45 minutes. Suitable footwar is advised.
The tour takes you through the history of the caves which go back to mining, through to a blitz shelter and then a concert venue. It does feel a bit creepy and my five year old was a bit apprehensive. I don’t think it’s a place for toddlers and babies.
You get to hold a lantern as you go round. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told stories at different points. There was a spooky story about a miner shut-in and a lady of the lake ghost! Not for the faint-hearted. One of the main uses of the caves was as a blitz shelter during world war 2. They had mock-ups of how they stayed down there and what it was like, you could really imagine it. My Mum remembered going to a concert in the caves, the acoustics must have been incredible.
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Important Information Chiselhurst Caves
Eating – There is a cafe, serving hot and cold food.
Facilities in brief – Guided tour around man-made caves where you have to carry a lantern. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *Cheap.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap. An adult ticket is £7 and £5 for a child, under 3’s are just 1p to book online. Parking is free.
Opening: Chiselhurst caves is open Wednesdays to Sunday, on Bank Holidays (except Christmas and New Year) and every day during local school holidays, For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? – Only guide dogs are permitted
Address: Caveside Cl, Old Hill, Chislehurst BR7 5NL, Kent, England. Phone: 020 8467 3264
Category – Caves – Indoors – mostly suitable from children aged 3-4+.
Guest post with thanks to Jenny, writer at Midwife and Life
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