Welcome to The Margate Caves

Originally dug as a chalk mine in the 18th century, the Caves have been welcoming visitors since 1863 but were closed in 2004. Since 2011, campaigners determined to save the Caves have gained major funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, boosted by lots of local fundraising including a Secret Postcard Auction and a Crowdfunder campaign.

The money raised has enabled the The Margate Caves Community Education Trust (TMCCET) and the Friends of Margate Caves to contract geotechnical engineers to conserve the Caves and ensure they conform to all modern Health & Safety criteria, while a specialist conservator has brought the site’s vibrant murals back to life, undoing years of damage.

Alongside the building and Caves works, our funding also supports an activity programme that takes the Caves out to the local community, the development of a learning scheme for schools and the formation of a volunteer training hub at the Caves.

At the heart of all this is our new Margate Caves centre. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Lottery Fund, the building’s dramatic exterior provides a new landmark on the route between Margate’s Old Town and nearby Dalby Square, Northdown Road and Cliftonville.

The building provides access to the restored Caves, and features a shop and community café. Here we tell the story of the Margate Caves and how landscape, ecology and geology have impacted on the town’s rich social and cultural heritage.

Don’t forget to check back on our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates as well.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to accept credit or debit cards, we are hoping that this will be resolved as soon as possible.


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