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Royston Cave

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Attraction Information

Royston Cave is unique in Europe. Believed to date from the 13th Century, it is a man-made cavern in the shape of a beehive, with a small aperture at the top for ventilation. Its most remarkable feature is an extensive range of wall carvings.

The carvings are medieval in appearance and some studies of the Cave have drawn comparisons from the wall carvings and other sources to indicate that it may have been used by the Knights Templar. Other studies point to the existence of Masonic symbols within the Cave that could link the Cave to James I who was himself a Freemason and who maintained a hunting lodge at Royston.

Others believe the Cave is a spiritual centre where two significant ley-lines cross whilst other studies indicate that the Cave may simply have been a hermitage or a prison.

What is certain though is that there is very little hard evidence to support the various theories as no records exist as to its use or purpose and dating is very difficult for a number of reasons including the lack of organic material and contamination since the Cave was re-discovered.

The Cave is a mystery and a visit to see for yourself and make up your own mind is a must!

Opening hours

31st March - 30th September
Saturday to Sunday 14:00 - 16:30
Bank Holidays 14:00 - 16:30

Wednesday 14:00 - 16:30
Saturday to Sunday 14:00 - 16:30

Last Entry

30 minutes before attraction closes



Melbourn Street,
SG8 7DA,

Phone number

01763 245484


General Admission
Adults: £5.00
Kids (5-15): £2.00
Seniors (60+): £4.00
Under 5's: Free


FAQ & Additional Information

Additional Info


On the rare occasion the Cave floods it will be closed without warning for health and safety reasons.


The Cave can be slippery underfoot. Visitors are advised to take care, use the handrail, and wear appropriate footwear.

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