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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FAQ and Further Information Chiselhurst Caves
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe, serving hot and cold food.
What are the main things to do?
Guided tour around man-made caves where you have to carry a lantern. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*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.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.
When are they open?
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.
Only guide dogs are permitted
Are they accessible?
Guest post with thanks to Jenny, writer at Midwife and Life
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