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Tour of Royston Cave

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Explore this unique heritage site with a guided tour. Delve deep beneath the streets of Royston and unearth the cave’s mysterious past.

About this event

- Mask wearing is compulsory.

- Entry by guided tour only.  Each tour is limited to 8 people.

- Tours last approx. 30 minutes.​

- Tickets are only available to book online. Online booking closes the day before each tour.

- Children must be accompanied by an adult.

- Students require valid I.D.

- ​The cave may be closed without warning.

- We reserve the right to refuse admission.

- Filming, recording and commercial photography is strictly prohibited.

For more information, visit roystoncave.co.uk/visit or email info@roystoncave.co.uk

Accessibility

The cave can be slippery and uneven underfoot. Access includes 21 steps and an incline to be ascended and descended. Visitors are advised to take care, use the handrail provided and wear appropriate, sturdy footwear.

​There is no wheelchair or pushchair access. 

No pets allowed except for registered assistance dogs.

For full access information and resources, visit roystoncave.co.uk/visit.

About Royston Cave

Royston Cave is an enigma. No records of its age or purpose exist. Some theories suggest it was used by the Knights Templar, others that it was a private chapel or hermitage.

Discovered by accident in 1742, Royston Cave has baffled visitors for centuries. Man-made and beehive shaped; the cave is cut 8 metres into the chalk that lies beneath Royston’s ancient crossroad, Ermine Street and Icknield Way.

The cave is decorated with low relief wall carvings, some of which may have been originally coloured. The carvings are mostly Christian in depiction and medieval in style. They include representations of the Crucifixion, notable saints including St Catherine and St Christopher, and the figures of a horse and an Earth Goddess, believed to be Pagan fertility symbols. In addition to the carvings, the contents of the cave included a human skull, an unmarked piece of brass and fragments of a drinking vessel.

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