Venture beneath the woods in Chislehurst to a labyrinth of man-made caves. Created when chalk and flint were dug from the ground from the 13th century onwards, the Chislehurst Caves have been a place of smuggling, murder, a wartime munitions store and air-raid shelter, plus a latter-day concert venue. now it’s time to explore them in their full beauty. The tours are perfect for an adventurous day out or can be done for an educational trip as the cave has played a key part in history for all eras!!
First, open to the public in 1900 as a showplace, the guides told the Victorian history of Romans, Druids and Saxons, Smuggling and Murder. The last 100 years have added munitions storage for the Woolwich Arsenal in the 1914-18 war, Mushroom growing in the 1920 and 1930s and becoming an underground town as the largest deep air-raid shelter outside London, protecting over 15000 people every night during the Blitz. Now the caves are open as a tourist attraction and education centre with a gift shop and Café catering for visitors, group outings, private functions, and children’s parties.