In July 2014 while I was in London with my girlfriend we made a morning trip to a place called the Chislehurst caves. This wasn’t something I had planned on doing on this trip; I didn’t even know about it until she found it on some travel website. Once she showed it to me, we added it to the list. I have gone on cave tours before; ones that required some gear and a guide and others that were set up for walking groups like these ones. Both were great times and really interesting.
At £6 each for a walking tour that lasted about an hour lit by old paraffin lanterns, how could you not want to go?
The Chislehurst caves are limestone tunnels that network over 35 kilometers (22 miles for my American friends) of tunnels with thousands of years of history. People believe they date back over 2000 years before the Romans were even in England. One of the things that really intrigue me is that the caves were almost in continuous use for this entire period so there weren’t a lot of artifacts to be found. These tunnels weren’t closed off for a long period of time to be rediscovered like the pyramids or other tombs.