- Caves and Mines
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
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!
- Parking Available Nearby
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
15th April - 1st October 2017: Saturday to Sunday 14:00 - 16:30, Bank Holidays 14:00 - 16:30, Wednesday (in August) 14:00 - 16:30
Kids (5-15): £2.00
Seniors (60+): £4.00
Under 5's: Free
30 minutes before attraction closes
On the rare occasion the Cave floods it will be closed without warning for health and safety reasons.
Assistance/Guide Dogs only.
The Cave can be slippery underfoot. Visitors are advised to take care, use the handrail, and wear appropriate footwear.
There is no wheelchair or pushchair access.
The Cave is a 1 minute walk from the Town Hall car park.