Chislehurst Caves A labryinthe of dark mysterious passageways
Mostly our adventures are run in the dark recesses of Chislehurst Caves in Kent, where we have several miles of cavernous tunnels available to us. The caves are a marvelous site for this sort of game; highly atmospheric and the site definitely adds to the excitement of a live role-playing adventure. Please bear in mind though, that these are natural chalk caves. The floors are uneven, the walls are uneven, and the ceilings in some places can be very low. Lighting in the desk and changing areas is good, and there is a central corridor running through the areas we use for the adventures which is also permanently lit, but the actual playing areas are usual completely dark. The safest form of light to use in the caves is a glow-stick, which are available at the desk.
Regrettably the site is not suitable for those that require disabled access, or those that suffer from severe claustrophobia, or those of a particularly nervous disposition.
The entire cave system is a labyrinth of dark mysterious passageways which have been hewn by hand from the chalk, deep beneath Chislehurst. There are over 20 miles of caverns and passageways (of which Labyrinthe has access to several miles), dug over a period of 8000 years. The vast complex of caves is a maze of ancient mines originally carved out in the search for flint and chalk. They are divided into three main sections, Saxon, Druid and Roman. Each section was later connected by digging joining passages.
The last time the mines were known to have been worked was around the 1830's when the Saxon section was used by a flint maker and lime burner. The local railway made the mines more accessible in 1865, and this aided its formation as a tourist attraction. The caves also became the setting for several underground concerts in the early 1900's.
During the 1914 World War the mines became part of Woolwich Arsenal, used as an ammunitions depot. A narrow gauge railway was installed to aid the transport through the passages. Up until the outbreak of the Second World War the mines were used by the Kent Mushroom Company. The war and the constant bombings over London turned the caves into a massive air raid shelter within easy reach from London and its main suburbs.
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Getting to the Labyrinthe Caves Location maps
Travelling to our cavern site is simple by train or by car. The British Rail Chislehurst station is only five minutes walk away and clearly signposted: Turn left out of the station, down the hill, then right at the bottom and right again immediately.
Trains generally run every half hour from Charing Cross station, stopping also at Waterloo East and London Bridge and they take about 25 minutes to reach Chislehurst.
For motorists, we lie between Bromley and Orpington in North Kent, just off the A222, and approximately ten minutes from either Junction 3 (Swanley) or Junction 4 (Orpington) of the M25. We are on Caveside Close, and quite un-missable. On a map it is probably easiest to find Chislehurst Station and navigate to there, following the signs for "The Caves"
Postal Code for Sat-Nav users: BR7 5NL