Chislehurst Caves

Miles of mystery and history beneath your feet

Chislehurst Caves

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Old Hill

Chislehurst

Kent

BR7 5NL

Phone 020 8467 3264


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  • Do I have to go on a guided tour?
  • When are the tours?
  • What times are the tours and how long do they last?
  • How many people go on each tour?
  • Are the caves suitable for children?
  • Do I need to wear special clothing or footwear in the caves?
  • Can I take a pushchair or wheelchair in the caves?
  • Can I eat or drink in the caves?
  • Can I take my dog, cat, pet goat or llama in the caves?
  • Is it dark in the caves?
  • Can I take photos or videos on the tour?
  • Can I take a torch in the caves?
  • Is it cold in the caves?
  • Are there any toilets in the caves?
  • Are there any seats in the caves?
  • Has anyone ever got lost in the caves?
  • Are the caves haunted?
  • Are there discounts for students, unemployed or disabled etc?

Frequently asked Questions

 

  • Do I have to go on a guided tour?

Yes, the caves are a labyrinth of dark mysterious passageways which you would be unlikely to find your way through unaided; besides the tours are fun!


  • When are the tours?

Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays (except Christmas and New Year), everyday during local school holidays.


  • What times are the tours and how long do they last?

Every hour on the hour, the first at 10am and the last at 4pm, they last for approximately forty five to fifty minutes.


  • How many people go on each tour?

Depends who turns up, there is no minimum and at busy times we try to limit the tours to a maximum of 40 people.


  • Are the caves suitable for children?

Depends on the child, most of them find the caves great fun and our birthday parties are very popular. The caves may not be suitable for those of a very nervous disposition or with an acute fear of darkness. We do not recommend them for children under three years of age and please remember that unaccompanied children wiil not be admitted.


  • Do I need to wear special clothing or footwear in the caves?

Sensible footwear (boots or trainers) are recommended, stilettos are definitely not advised (even for the ladies)! Otherwise standard clothing is fine, remember, in summer the caves are much cooler than outdoors.


  • Can I take a pushchair or wheelchair in the caves?

It is possible with a suitably strong pusher, 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.


  • Can I eat or drink in the caves?

No, there is no wildlife in the caves and if litter is kept to a minimum it will hopefully stay that way.


  • Can I take my dog, cat, pet goat or llama in the caves?

No, why would you want to? However Guide or Hearing dogs are allowed.


  • Is it dark in the caves?

Yes, very! You can't take a torch but we will provide each family group with an Oil Lamp, it's surprising how much light they give. Please treat the lamps sensibly and don't give them to children. The lamps are hot at the top and may be dirty underneath.


  • Can I take photos or videos on the tour?

Only during the first part of the tour in the lit areas, once you go into the dark you will need to put your cameras and mobile phones away. Thoughtless use of flash can cause temporary blindness in the darkness of the caves.


  • Can I take a torch in the caves?

No, all our guides are experienced in using torches underground, inexperienced users may inadvertently shine their torch in other people's eyes which can be quite painful when your pupils are fully dilated in total darkness. Our Oil Lamps create a far more pleasant atmosphere.


  • Is it cold in the caves?

The caves are a constant temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) all year. You may find them a little chilly in summer, but quite warm in winter.


  • Are there any toilets in the caves?

No, so please go before your guide gathers your tour.


  • Are there any seats in the caves?

No, but there are frequent stops during the tour while your guide explains things to you. However those with walking difficulties may have some trouble keeping up as you will be walking almost a mile.


  • Has anyone ever got lost in the caves?

Not yet, please don't be the first! It is essential that you remain with your tour group at all times, if you have any problem doing so please inform your guide.


  • Are the caves haunted?

They are reputed to be; many visitors and even some of our guides claim to have seen or heard strange things down there!


  • Are there discounts for students, unemployed or disabled etc?

No, we try to keep our prices reasonable for everyone, however there are reduced rates for pre-booked groups and senior citizens are charged at children's rate.



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