Open Friday to Sunday
11.00am - 4.00pm
Last admission 3.30pm. Pre-booking advised.
Caves closed for general admission from 29 November to 30 December for our Christmas wonderland.
Child (4 - 16 yrs)
Children 3 and under go free! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Concession includes: over 60s, students, registered disabled, armed forces (both serving and veterans), NHS and services.
Family includes 2 adults and up to 2 children.
Members go free!
Thinking of visiting us more than once a year? Membership might be for you! Click here for more information.
How to find us
1 Northdown Road
Margate, CT9 1FG
We have excellent road links, with the M20 and M2 motorways close by providing easy travel from London. Try these helpful route planners from the AA and the RAC.
There is limited one-hour parking outside the Caves. Our nearest car park is Trinity Square, which is very near. The postcode is CT9 1QY.
The Caves are on the Loop and No 8 bus routes, with stops right on our doorstep. For more information, see the Stagecoach website.
Margate is connected on the High Speed service from London St Pancras International.
Trains run regularly from London Victoria and London Cannon Street.
Our nearest Eurostar station is currently St Pancras, which is linked directly to Margate by Southeastern rail service.
To plan your journey by rail, visit National Rail Enquiries.
Due to the nature of the Caves we’re afraid they are not accessible to wheelchair users or to anyone with significant mobility problems. Access is via two sets of stairs, both with handrails, followed by a steep, narrow, low-ceilinged tunnel. Once in the Caves, the floor is uneven and there are steep steps to access certain areas.
Assistance dogs are welcome of course, but no other dogs are allowed in the Caves. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the garden.
The visitor centre – including shop, café, toilets and community rooms for hire – is widely accessible. We have large-print versions of our exhibition available to download here.
We have fiddle kits and ear defenders available for those who may benefit from them. Just ask a member of staff on arrival.
Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions we haven’t answered, or require any assistance once on site.
We are always endeavouring to improve accessibility at the Caves, so please check back before your visit for any updates and see below for our full accessibility statement.
We have relaxed openings throughout the year- find out more here.
We have lots of exciting events and activities coming to the Caves this Winter! Find out what’s happening underground in the coming months!
3-5, 10-12 & 17-23 Dec
Meet Father Christmas and his winter wonderland friends as you head underground and experience the Caves as they set the scene for a Christmas adventure.
£9.50 /child. Pre-booking required.
Christmas at the Caves
3-5, 10-12 & 17-23 Dec
Explore the Caves Gift shop for those one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, and enjoy wonderful homemade food and a lovely cup of coffee.
We offer group rates for parties of 10 or more people – prices below. Group visits qualify for a 10% discount on our admission prices, require pre-booking and are subject to availability; we may be unable to accommodate bookings at busy times.
We welcome group leaders free of charge in advance of your booking, to help you plan your visit. Free entry is also offered for coach drivers and there are coach drop-off points nearby.
During Your Visit
Large groups will be divided into smaller parties of 30 or so. Whilst one party visits the Caves, the rest of the group can be in the gift shop or café.
Our group visits are self-guided, which allows you to explore the Caves at your leisure.
However, we do have Caves Guides underground who are always happy to answer questions. We supply maps and information sheets free of charge.
Please see our Accessibility information for more information on access to the Caves for people with disabilities.
Please contact us to book your visit.
At the Caves we can touch upon many areas of the national curriculum, including art and design, the natural world and geology. Creative learning is at the heart of what we do and the nature of the Caves makes for an exciting visit for all ages.
Shop & Café
Linda and her team prepare home-made treats to delight the whole family. From savoury lunch options to a selection of wonderful cakes, there’s something for everyone.
We take utmost care in preparation and always have gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan options available across our range. Please do speak to a staff member about any dietary requirements you may have.
Food can be enjoyed in our cafe, garden or taken away.
Menu includes homemade burgers and pizzas, hot dogs, paninis, a selection of sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and of course Linda’s famous cakes!
We have limited seating in our cafe as well as lot's of seating in the garden, items are also available to takeaway.
Daily specials are also available, including soup of the day and warming meals in the colder months.
Pay a visit to our shop to buy a memento from your trip, or discover the perfect individual gift for a special someone. We have a variety of ranges, including our latest addition, a bespoke hand-thrown pottery range from Violet Shaw ceramics. Mail order is possible.
Opening Times 2021
Friday to Sunday
11.00am to 3.30pm
No pre-booking required.
For more information, contact us below.