Chislehurst Caves | Day Out With The Kids

Chislehurst Caves

4 star Rating 4 / 5 3 reviews

Chislehurst, Greater London, England

Attraction Information

  • Caves and Mines icon Caves and Mines

Ages: 4+

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

Deep, down underneath your feet is a labyrinth of history and mystery in Chislehurts Caves.

On this guided tour you’ll spend 45-50 minutes walking a mile through the dark and sinister looking caves. Armed only with an oil lamp, you’ll be led around corners, cervices and cracks. These man-made tunnels cover 6 hectares and are perfect for the most intrepid of explorers!

Dug out for chalk used in lime burning and brick making for the building of London, the caves were opened to the public in the 20th century to share the history of the Druids, Romans and Saxons. There are also tales of smuggling and murder down in this darkness and it’s been said that certain spaces are haunted, or it could just be Chalky the cave cat!

Unleash your adventurous side!

  • No need to book just turn up
  • Free parking
  • Gift shop and café


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Old Hill, Chislehurst, Greater London, BR7 5NB, England


Click here to visit Chislehurst Caves's website
020 8467 3264

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Term Time
Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

School Holidays
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Closed 25th December & 1st January


General Admission
Adults (16+): £6.00
Kids (3-15): £4.00
Seniors (60+): £4.00
Under 3's: Free

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only.

Clothing requirements

Sensible footwear (boots or trainers) are recommended, stilettos are definitely not advised (even for the ladies).

Guest suitability

Pushchair & Wheelchair users may have difficulty in negotiating the caves due to the natural uneven floor surfaces which are rather like cobbles. 


Brilliant and affordable

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Graceandco . 05.01.19

We went today (saturday 5th January 2019) arrived at 9.45am ready for first tour at 10am and were very lucky to have the tour all to ourselves! Our children aged 6 and 4 years absolutely loved it! I asked our son what his favourite activity was of the holidays - he said the caves - an experience we won’t forget. I wouldn’t suggest for younger children as dark and could be quite scary. Our tour guide was lovely and really informative. Family friendly and very affordable cafe on site. Great morning out!

Bad experience due to a rude guide

1 star Rating 1 / 5

Written by Harianand3 . 08.10.17

Bad experience due to a rude guide. Visited the cave with my 15-months old. We were told off by the guide because he made some noise while the guide was talking. We didn’t enjoy rest of the tour because we felt very unwelcoming by his tone. To be frank, I had asked the lady at the till whether the tour will be okay for my son and she said it will be fine. If young families are not welcome, they could have told that upfront. Anyway, a very unpleasant experience.

Excellent day out for the family

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Anonymous . 27.08.15

Really helpful guide, very interesting tour, kids loved it and so did us adults. Definitely worth a visit.