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Open daily to the 2nd June

10.00 am to 5.00pm 
Last admission 4.30pm

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 3rd June. 

Open daily for the summer holidays from 15th July to 1st September. 

(4 - 16 yrs)


Children 3 and under go free! Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Concession includes: over 60s, students, universal credit recipients, registered disabled, armed forces (both serving and veterans), NHS and services.

Family includes 2 adults and up to 2 children.

Visitor Resources

There will be a limited amount of maps available at the Caves; download one here before you visit.


Also available here is our large-print guide for the Discovery Room.

How to find us

1 Northdown Road
Margate, CT9 1FG

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By car

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.

By bus

The Caves are on the Loop and No 8 bus routes, with stops right on our doorstep. For more information, see the Stagecoach website.

By train

High-Speed Trains

Margate is connected on the High Speed service from London St Pancras International.

Southeastern Trains

Trains run regularly from London Victoria and London Cannon Street.

The Eurostar

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.

Find us


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.

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Group visits

Group Visits

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. To arrange a group visit, please email

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 20 or so. Whilst one party visits the Caves, the rest of the group may use the 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.

School Visits

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

Kirsten 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, vegetarian and vegan options available across our range. Please do speak to a staff member about any dietary requirements you may have.

Menu normally includes soup, hot dogs, paninis, and baked potatoes. Hot and cold drinks and of course our glorious homemade cakes! Menu is subject to change, so do ask our staff what we have available.

We have seating in our café, and in the summer, seating available in our enclosed garden

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. Mail order is possible.

Opening Times 2024

Open when the Caves are

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