Chislehurst Caves, Caverns In South East London, Air Raid Shelters

Welcome to our Chislehurst Caves page. If you've visited this or similar attractions in the Bromley area of Kent we'd like to hear from you. Our feedback information is at the bottom of the page. For more places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page. Follow this link if you're looking for Margate Caves.

An ancient network of caves may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about the leafy suburbs to the South of Bromley but this is exactly what you'll find if you visit Chislehurst Caves.

There is a lot of myth and speculation connected with these underground caverns, some has penetrated local folklore and oral tradition to such an extent that it's hard to find completely authoritative information about the dates the caves were created, when mining first took place and who was responsible for creating these fascinating structures. According to Wikipedia the earliest evidence of flint mining at the caves goes back about a thousand years, but there are other conflicting accounts. In every case the lamp lit tours are actually quite exciting and enjoyed by visitors both young and old.

What we do know for certain is that during the second world war more than 10,000 people regularly travelled to the caves from across South East London and used it as a giant air raid shelter. This activity helped by special train services and the fact that the Caves sit almost next door to the local railway station. Things became so organized at this time the Caves became something of an underground town with a cottage hospital, cinema and a church.

Please note that under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. The caves are a very short walk from Chislehurst station but there is parking on site. Wheelchair and pushchair access is possible but the floors of the caves can be difficult to traversed with wheels, described on the website as being a little bit like cobbles.

Opening Times

  • The Caves are open from Wednesday to Sunday and the 45 minute guided tours start hourly. The first tour is at 10am and the last at 4pm.
  • During local school and Bank Holidays (except Christmas and New Year) they are open every day.

Location And Contact

  • Old Hill, Chislehurst, Bromley, Kent, BR7 5NB
  • 020 8467 3264

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