Chislehurst Caves - caves tour and a social

  • December 7, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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One of the most amazing things about London is the variety of things you can find here. From the most glamarous parties, theatres and shows to the underground world of Camden, from green and vast parks to... CAVES. Yes, there are caves you can explore just south of London!

We have visited them with the group last year and it was heaps of fun.

We could go for some drinks/food in town afterwards.

The price is £15 (+ paypal fees) and includes an entry fee and guided tour of the caves as well as a return train ticket from London Charring Cross.

The caves at Chislehurst are a labyrinth of man made tunnels forming a maze covering over six hectares thirty metres below the woodlands above. They were dug for chalk used in lime burning and brick-making for the building of London, also for flints to fire the tinderboxes and flintlock guns of years ago.

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First open to the public in the start of the 20th century as a showplace, the guides told the Victorian history of Druids, Romans and Saxons, smuggling and murder.

The last 100 years has added amunitions storage for the Woolwich Arsenal in the[masked] war, mushroom growing in the 1920's & 30's and becoming an underground town as one of the largest deep air-raid shelters in the country, protecting over 15,000 people at the height of the blitz. In the 1960's & 70's as a venue for dances and concerts, presenting the foundations of Jazz, Skiffle & Folk music to the most famous names in pop and rock.

Chislehurst is a delightful mixture of the quaint and the historic. Although the town is just 3 miles (4.8km) from the South Circular, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the heart of the countryside.

The inventor of British Summer Time lived in Chislehurst. William Willett was a builder by trade. On this walk you will pass his house, Cedars, which he built himself. It was while out riding in nearby Petts Wood one day that he was inspired by an idea to increase the hours of light in the day 'to improve health and happiness'. He soon became obsessed with the concept. In 1907 he circulated a pamphlet around Parliament and town councils, which argued that the many hours of light wasted while people slept in the mornings should be transferred to the evenings. Although it was met with considerable opposition, a Daylight Saving Bill was introduced in 1909. However, it would take another seven years to pass.

Had it not been for the First World War, Willett's idea may have remained on the shelf but, in 1916, a committee was set up to investigate ways of saving fuel. Consequently Willett's suggestion was given serious consideration. Indeed, it was introduced as a wartime economy measure in many countries on both sides. Sadly, William Willett never lived to see his scheme put into effect as he died in 1915. However, his summer-time legacy lives on and today, Britain keeps Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in winter and British Summer Time (BST) in summer.

 

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  • Caroline

    Thanks Tania, it was a really interesting tour, great to do something different!

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Exceeded my expectations being stuck in a dark place with a bunch of strangers with smelly oil-lit lanterns and a pack of Dungeon & Dragon nerds to go with the mystery of the experience.

    1 · December 8, 2013

    • Tânia Gil H.

      I'll take that as you loved the experience of shinning your torch and enabling a brilliant group of people to take pictures to things otherwise never seen by the human eye! You loved it confess!!! Eh eh! Hope to see you soon in some other adventures airforce cowboy ;)

      December 13, 2013

  • Tânia Gil H.

    Guys i will be waitting for everyone inside train station by the information desk.

    December 7, 2013

  • Maanas

    Hi.. Last moment but can I still sign up for this?

    December 6, 2013

  • Sharan B.

    Hi really sorry but can't make this now. Off to see my brother and family as he has just turned grandfather! I'll have to arrange to do the caves myself another time. Have fun all

    December 6, 2013

  • Beth P.

    Hello, any idea of return time back to London? Also, forgot to ask what time is the tour? Will we be having lunch beforehand?

    Thanks, Beth (with rumbley tummy!)

    December 1, 2013

    • Tânia Gil H.

      Hi Beth, I have booked us an earlier trip, so that we can have a bite after the caves instead but people who may have to leave earlier can, rather than having food first and then going for the caves later. Our guided visit is scheduled for 1,15. We will be taking the 12:09 train from London Charing Cross, which will arrive to Chislehurst at 12:48. That should give us a little bit extra time to grab a coffee on the way if we want to. We will be meeting at Charing Cross rail station at 11:40. Give me a bell if you need to on[masked] on the date. According to the guides the trip should last for about 45 minutes, after which we could go for a bite on a pub nearby, if you feel like it. Hope this is better for all! ;) Tania

      December 4, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Hi Tania, thanks for getting back to me. However, I am currently unwell and went to these caves a few months ago, so will not be coming to this one, have fun though! Beth

      December 5, 2013

  • Huw

    Tania, I may be in a similar situation to Elise. Could you clarify times.

    1 · December 3, 2013

    • Huw

      Thanks Tania. That's good for me

      1 · December 4, 2013

    • Tânia Gil H.

      Great!!! Looking forward for this!!!

      December 4, 2013

  • Elise

    I've just read your comment below - I thought it would start nearer 12; as said above! Are we meeting at 12 and the tour is at 4pm? Please can you clear this up for me? I have plans for the evening so don't know if I can make it!

    December 2, 2013

    • Tânia Gil H.

      Hi Elise, I have just called the Caves and booked us an earlier visit, to suit all. Our guided visit is now scheduled for 1,15. We will be taking the 12:09 train from London Charing Cross, which will arrive to Chislehurst at 12:48. That should give us a little bit extra time to grab a coffee on the way if we want to. We will be meeting at Charing Cross rail station at 11:40. Give me a bell if you need to on[masked] on the date. According to the guides the trip should last for about 45 minutes, after which we could go for a bite on a pub nearby, if you feel like it.

      December 4, 2013

    • Tânia Gil H.

      Hope this is better than the 4pm one as we can grab a bite later and if you need to go soon after the visit, you can and dont need to cancel your evening plans!

      December 4, 2013

  • Tânia Gil H.

    So I have just called the Caves and booked us an earlier visit, to suit all. Our guided visit is now scheduled for 1,15. We will be taking the 12:09 train from London Charing Cross, which will arrive to Chislehurst at 12:48. That should give us a little bit extra time to grab a coffee on the way if we want to. We will be meeting at Charing Cross rail station at 11:40. Give me a bell if you need to on[masked] on the date. According to the guides the trip should last for about 45 minutes, after which we could go for a bite on a pub nearby, if you feel like it. Looking forward to see you there!
    :)
    Tania

    December 4, 2013

  • anne f.

    Hey Kat, a wonderful idea and I have never heard of these cave, love to have come along but I will be in Gran Canaria that day, hope you all have fun and don't forget to tie a piece of string to you all so you don't get lost down there, try not to frighten the spooks either! x

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • nikki r.

    I would really love to attend - love Chistlehurst caves - but I will be in Tenerife - another time perhaps

    1 · November 16, 2013

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