Chislehurst Caves
Chislehurst Caves
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Charlotte P
    1 contribution
    Wonderful birthday cave experience
    I booked a private tour of Chislehurst Caves for my teenager’s birthday, and really could not be more happy or impressed with the way things went. There had been some birthday-related stress and disappointment in the run up to the cave tour, but guide Darren turned it all around, going above and beyond the call to make the experience fun, informative, occasionally scary (in a good way), exciting and unique. Rarely have I seen such huge smiles on teenage faces as I did when my child and two friends returned from their tour. The three of them have spoken about their experience in the caves repeatedly and with great enthusiasm ever since. I cannot recommend Chislehurst birthday tours highly enough – and cannot thank guide Darren enough for making this one so special.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • sooty1953
    London, United Kingdom27 contributions
    Nice afternoon out.
    Went with my daughter in law & granddaughter on a Saturday. From the moment we arrived it was a great experience. Easy to park, nice had lunch which was excellent & very reasonably priced. £1 for a can of drink is amazing at a tourist attraction. Staff at reception & the cafe were friendly, efficient & caring. Peter our guide was brilliant. He made the experience of the history of the caves through time education & fun with his great knowledge for all 3 age groups. Thank you all for a nice afternoon outs
    Visited April 2023
    Written 1 May 2023
  • Ben
    8 contributions
    A good trip for families.
    Great tour today, knowledgeable and engaging guide with a good balance of making it a little bit spooky in the dark but never scary. My 4 and 8 year old loved it and came away with lots of facts and a new appreciation for shadow puppets. Well worth the entrance price. The cafe is also reasonably priced and good quality food.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 2023
  • HardikS84
    Mumbai, India11 contributions
    Great half day trip from London
    We visited the caves with young children (10 and 6). Chislehurst is very well connected to London by train and the caves are a 5 minute walk from the chislehurst station. Tours start on the hour and are very well priced. Our guide (Peter) was amazing. Very knowledgeable, engaging and funny. All the ave groups enjoyed the tour. There is also a nice cafe which is well priced and has lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Overall, the public transport connectivity and the quality of this experience make this a very well priced half day trip from London. Definitely recommended and will do again!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Carrieonsos
    Essex, United Kingdom291 contributions
    Fascinating
    So interesting, all the extra stories and info the guide gave us made some of the experiences (ww2) seem so much more real. We booked in advance and arrived for the 11am tour. Well organised. Slightly chillier in caves so take a hoodie. Good visit and value for money.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Chris N
    Worthing, United Kingdom61 contributions
    Excellent visit
    What a great place this was. Had heard about it a few years ago having seen it on Michael Portillos train journeys. We were in a group of about 25 people and led by our guide Peter, who was both interesting and entertaining. The tour lasted about an hour and then spent another 15 minutes talking to Peter afterwards. You could see he was clearly passionate about the caves. Ache family/couple in the group were handed a paraffin lamp to carry with them, although there is some lighting throughout. Such great value at £8 an adult. Excellent cafe on site and display cabinets of WW2 artefacts and old photographs of the caves on the walls. Would highly recommend a visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Vicky D
    Surrey, United Kingdom216 contributions
    Birthday treat.
    It was my daughters birthday treat with 7 of my grandchildren ranging in age 2 to 12. Peter our guide was very calm and informative on the history of the Caves. He sang Happy Birthday to my daughter which echoed through the Caves. After our tour he spent time talking to the grandchildren showing them how to light the flint. We enjoyed our day out. Thank you Peter.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Cat R
    London, United Kingdom78 contributions
    Cool caves and a great wee cafe!
    The tour is approx. 1hr long and very interesting, didn't feel as long as that though, I could easily have spent 1.5-2hrs. The carvings and paintings are brilliant, old and new, its a shame they cant hold events there any longer as its very atmospheric and would be great for small gigs. The still life scenes are creepy but really good, as was the kind (good not creepy). It was a bit cold but its to be expected underground, also weather was awful. Which brings me to the excellent little cafe- an outstandingly good bowl of french onion soup with bread and cheese (cheese and toast would be a great option too) followed by a piece of lime cheesecake and an espresso. Id go back just to visit the little cafe tbh as its really tasty and fairly priced.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Michelle C
    3 contributions
    Good Fun
    Went inside Chislehurst Caves for the first time recently, I was absolutely mesmerised and could hardly speak it was so breathtaking! Our wonderful tour guide Maria made it a very interesting and magical experience with that wonderfully loud voice! Can not wait to visit again child free so I can take more time to look at things in detail! Hopefully visiting again soon with my best friend! Wonderfully run by really interesting and kind people, thankyou!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Nick B
    1 contribution
    Nostalgic Visit
    Nostalgia is a thing if the past. Visited the caves this weekend after my last visit in 1966 when Jimmy Hendricks played there. Excellent guided tour and at £6 per head for “oldies” great value for money. Probably won’t leave it 50 odd years before my next visit when I take my grandson down there
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
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alreeve27
135 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Brilliant visit - Darren was an excellent guide, very informative and made the tour fun and interesting. I had no idea the caves were so extensive (22 miles in total!) and wide. Fascinating to see all the facilities down there and learn more about their history. A really fun visit and the centre has a cafe, shop, toilets and large free car park which was ideal. Would recommend.
Written 25 February 2024
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CjbMe
Rainham, UK114 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
A really interesting and fun place to visit. The entrance costs are very reasonable too.
Ample free parking. There is also a cafe on site which is good , homemade soup on menu the day we visited.
Written 14 February 2024
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iwouldratherstayhere
Kent, UK65 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Over the years we have been several times and enjoyed every previous visit. Today was absolutely dreadful. The guide obsessed about the war and told us nothing of the ancient history nor pointed out the old classics - the entrance that went up to someone's garden, the sacrificial alter, the fact that the original caves were hewn with antlers, the model of the flint napper going about his work, the big bang to make an echo - absolutely nothing. Such a shame. We won't go again as it was boring and the guide was not engaging at all, asking pointless stupid questions. As he finished and stomped quickly past us he let out a huge fed up sounding sigh - we felt the same!
Written 4 February 2024
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Orla Nothin'
London, UK15 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Bought the tickets in advance, but didn't get a confirmation from the venue - this was not an issue, the Caves are well organised and can find your tickets very easily!

We were shown around by Pete and, it being midweek, it wasn't busy, so it was the two of us and an apparent regular who'd been there several times. So, it was almost like a personal tour!

Pete knew his stuff!

The place is fascinating with so much history and it was all brought to life through Pete's wonderful story telling, mixing his own personal history with the place with the cave's own. He really made the atmosphere of the place come alive! We were shown around given information about things from millions to 30/40 years ago! The place is at times spooky, but also strangely comforting and you can tell how much it is cared for and appreciated! It is an amazing places for not only sight (or lack of it) but also sound!

Thoroughly recommend! But do wear sensible shoes and a coat - as Pete explained, it stays at 10 degrees all year round!
Written 25 January 2024
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Hoppityskip
Essex, UK13,875 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
What a great place. Peter was a fabulous guide and did brilliantly to cope with the parents who just allowed their noisy three year old to chat loudly continuously without attempting to quietened her!
Fascinating walk round a really interesting venue.
Would love to see more of it.
Written 31 December 2023
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Compass28164374459
5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Was staying in the local area for business had a day off so decided to visit as a lot of friends mentioned this location was a good experience
Written 31 October 2023
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Fiona L
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
The tour was good if you want a practical talk about WWII, but having been before I was hoping my friend would experience the absolute darkness and some spooky exciting fun. We didn't even get absolute darkness as the light was still very visible from the lanterns, I get more darkness with street lights on. A token talk on the pool and a speed move to get around back to the WWII stuff was not the spooky fun we were hoping for. The real upside that brought the rating up was the cafe which was really fantastic with a brilliant range.
Written 29 October 2023
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Emma G
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Fantastic experience, our guide Pete brought the story of the caves to life in his own unique way! Excellent value for money and a must if your in the area.
Written 29 October 2023
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hannahfletcher84
Gravesend, UK4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Just called to book up the caves. Spoke to an Australian guy who said his His name was Michael. He told me they were fully booked in a very rude manner, although last night there was ample space on every single slot.
I questioned the fact there was so much space last night and he was very rude to me. As a result I said based on how rude he was I don’t think we want to come here anyway and hung up. He then called me back and was very abusive to me and accused be of calling him a liar. I said he was rude, not a liar! All I done was called to make a booking. This is not acceptable behaviour!
Written 26 October 2023
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DayTrip60221000846
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Family
Excellent place to visit! The tour guide was brilliant and made the experience worth every penny. I liked holding the lantern also made it extra special.
Written 23 September 2023
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  • Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00