You don’t have to go far from London to explore England’s underground wonders — the magnificent Chislehurst Caves are just a short train ride from central London. The manmade caves comprise of a 22-mile (35-km) network of tunnels, dug out in the 13th century and used over the years for chalk, flint, and lime mining; mushroom cultivation; and ammunition storage, as well as being used as an air-raid shelter during WWII.
Access to the caves is by guided tour only (included in the entrance price) and visitors can explore the eerie underground passageways, while learning about the caves fascinating history. The 45-minute tours are led by lamplight and take in highlights such as the Caves Church, the Druid Altar, and the Haunted Pool.
The Chislehurst Caves are located around 12.4 miles (20 km) southeast of London and are open daily from 10am to 5pm. Regular trains run to Chislehurst from London Bridge and Charing Cross stations in central London. Entrance is by guided tour only and 45-minute tours run hourly. Adult admission is £6 or free with the London Pass.
Did you know?
During the 1960s, the Chislehurst Caves were also transformed into a music venue – David Bowie, Status Quo, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd all played on the unique underground stage.