What: Reigate Caves open day
When: Saturday 8 September, 10am – 4pm
Where: Tunnel Road caves, Reigate, and the Barons’ Cave, Reigate Castle
Cost: Ticket prices for children, adults and concessions are on the Reigate Caves website. (Note: one of the sites – the Barons’ Cave – is free on this day as part of Heritage Open Days.)
The two sites – both of which provide an insight into local history – are:
- The Tunnel Road Caves: these were opened up after Tunnel Road was built in 1823, as sand mines and for storing wines and beers. The caves were put to use in the two World Wars: in the First to store high explosive, and in the Second as an air raid shelter.
- The Barons’ Cave: located in the Castle Grounds, and named after an unlikely story that barons met there before the signing of Magna Carta. The date of the cave is unknown, although it was most likely used as a medieval wine cellar.
The Wealden Cave & Mine Society say: “Tours run every 20 minutes according to demand and availability of guides. To visit all the caves at a leisurely pace will take about 3 hours.”
More information, including, prices, accessibility and how to find the sites, are on the Reigate Caves website.
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