- Caves and Mines
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Indoor
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!
Getting There and Contact Information
Melbourn Street, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 7DA, England
Click here to visit Royston Cave's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
15 April - 1 October 2017
Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays and Wednesdays in August (Tour Times) 14:00, 14:40, 15:20, 16:00
Entry is by guided tour only.
Child (5-15): £1.00
Under 5: Free