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Reigate Caves

I've seen this posted as an event on a couple of other groups and thought as we are a Reigate based group we should go and check the caves out. All the details posted below are details from a website I found. So have a read through and if interested feel free to come along.

Reigate is well known for its 'caves' which riddle the town centre although these are in fact old sand mines. The castle mound overlooking Reigate town centre is composed of soft sandstone and has been mined over several centuries. The castle has long gone but the mound and many of its excavations still remain.

The Wealden Cave & Mine Society is able to arrange conducted tours of Reigate's historic underground heritage, known locally as the "Reigate Caves", which include the Baron's Cave in the Castle Grounds and the East and West Caverns in Tunnel Road. Your view of Reigate will change once you have experienced what lies beneath your feet!

Barons Cave

The Barons' Cave is believed to originate from the 11th Century and was known to exist at the same time as Reigate Castle. Local folklore has it that the barons held a secret meeting at the Barons' cave on their way to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta.

The guided tour accompanied by one of our experienced guides lasts around 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the party and will be conducted with lanterns.

Details of the history and preservation of the cave will be given and your guide will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Tunnel Road Caves

The Tunnel Road caves have had many uses during their long existence. During your visit you can see how they were originally mined and how the different uses have changed the caves.

The guided tour of the Western Caverns accompanied by one of our experienced guides lasts around 25 to 35 minutes depending on the size of the party. The cave is well lit and the floor fairly even. Details of the cave's history will be given and your guide will be happy to answer any question that you may have.

A tour is also available for the Eastern caverns although you are free to wander as you please, you should allow an hour or so for this. The cave is well lit but the floor is uneven in places so some care must be taken. Guides will be present throughout the cave and will be pleased to assist you in any way.

 

Prices

Barons Caves: Adult £2.00 Children/Over 65 £1.50

Tunnel Road (E&W): Adult £3.00 Children/Over 65 £2.00

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  • Adriana

    Great meetup! Really interesting to see what lies beneath the surface.

    August 11, 2013

  • Sarah E

    Thanks again for organising, Steve. Was a really interesting event and learnt a bit about area I live in.

    August 11, 2013

  • Tracey

    A very interesting morning exploring caves that I wasn't even aware existed with friendly people from the group. Thanks Steve for organising.

    August 11, 2013

  • Holly M.

    Looks like you had a long day yesterday Paul!
    Don't worry Don was clearly used to competition and the boys added to the morning entertainment whether in the target zone or hobbit hunting.
    Steve, thanks for organising , your daughter was great not only spotting the dinosaur but ensuring we had the eye lighting.
    For those with 5 mins do google barons cave and paranormal' (will make you smile not scared)

    August 11, 2013

  • Paul S.

    I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. I'm sure that Don had some interesting things to say, but I didn't hear too much of it because of the boys!!!
    Hope they didn't interfere with everyone else's enjoyment!!!!

    August 11, 2013

  • narinder

    Great - many many thanks for organising Steve

    August 10, 2013

  • Jody

    Everybody has to visit the caves at least once but even better every couple of years.

    August 10, 2013

  • Alison

    Very good, interesting and a place I've always wanted to go

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Adriana

    We are already here :)

    August 10, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Where are we meeting for coffee. Having problems viewing this site

    August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cafe Rouge.

      August 10, 2013

  • Alison

    Cafe rouge opens at 9am if anyone wants to meet for coffee beforehand.

    July 28, 2013

    • Adriana

      See you around 9:30!

      August 9, 2013

    • Gabi

      Will need coffee after night out. Only my second meet up so I'll be the person looking really lost.

      August 9, 2013

  • Wendy W.

    What a shame I can't make this now. Disappointed.

    August 9, 2013

  • Christine B.

    looking forward to meeting up tomorrow

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I figured out how to change my rsvp :-) i now have to work. Hopefully see you at another meetup soon

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunatly i cannot make this now as i have to work :-( but cannot see how to change my rsvp to no .

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good event guys. Do carry a jumper of something a little warm (NOT winter woolies), as the caves do get a bit chilly :)

    August 9, 2013

  • Rolf

    Sorry, plans already...

    August 9, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Hello all. I'm going to bring along the dustbin lids as I think they will also enjoy this activity.

    August 8, 2013

  • Robert

    Overseas and far away

    August 7, 2013

  • Wendy W.

    Looking forward to attending my first event.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve, how long are we looking at this for? I may be helping with some volunteering after. Thanks

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not exactly sure how long it will be. But it dose state on the website, if you wish to see everything arrive well before two and they close at four. So will be in the region of two to three hours I expect.

      August 5, 2013

  • Laura

    Hoping I can make this but will 100% confirm nearer time - it's weekend before I'm away so depends how sorted I am! x

    July 20, 2013

  • Adriana

    We look forward to meeting you there :)

    July 19, 2013

  • Ruth

    Sorry I can't do that day. Have fun!

    July 1, 2013

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