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Royston Cave

Melbourn Street | Katherine's Yard, Royston SG8 7BZ, England
+44 1763 245484
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Very pleasant knowledgeable guide Nick. Only a small cave but very unexpected in the location. If... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
booboo2402
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Interesting and worthwhile.

Not something you expect to find under the streets of Royston. Worth it to see the cave drawings... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
clarkeym68
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Royston, United Kingdom
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Royston Cave is a bee-hive shaped man made cave cut into the chalk beneath Melbourn Street and decorated with religious and secular carvings on almost every wall. Some of the carvings are easily recognised as the Crucifixion, St Catherine, St Christopher and St Lawrence, but others still defy positive identification. Most do however appear to be medieval in style. There are numerous theories as to the origin and use of the cave although none are conclusive owing to a lack of hard historical evidence. The theories include the cave having been a hermitage, an early Freemason's lodge, a gaol and a secret meeting place for the Knights Templar. Interestingly, the latest research carried out by the curator at the Royal Armouries Museum indicates that the carvings are unlikely to have been made before 1350.
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Melbourn Street | Katherine's Yard, Royston SG8 7BZ, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very pleasant knowledgeable guide Nick. Only a small cave but very unexpected in the location. If your interested in Knights Templar, secret places. Then worth a visit.😀👍

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not something you expect to find under the streets of Royston. Worth it to see the cave drawings. Maybe a little pricey but I would recommend.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The price to get into the cave is only 5pounds which is not to bad. You can only go into the cave with a guide. Their is a audio and the guide will point out the carvings are you listen. A great discussion was had...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just to say that in August the cave is open Wednesday afternoons with guided tours at 2.00, 2.40, 3.20 and 4.00pm.

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

A really interesting place for Knight Templars Lovers. A real deal for £5.00. The sight is accompanied by a guide.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This is one of those venues that you can enjoy in a 30 minute visit. To be honest, no-one REALLY knows exactly why there is a cave under the high street in Royston.....did the Knights Templars dig the cave? Was it some local people from...More

2  Thank Garrett P
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

If you're interested in old history this is one for you. Its a bit tricky to find but go to the main crossroads in the town centre and the cave is below it!! Really interesting but get a guide book or better still a guide...More

2  Thank gardencity285
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

You can get anything even for the fussiest friend here it's full of lovely stuff! From pennies to pounds there is something for everyone's pocket.The staff are lovely and very helpful.

2  Thank Liz W
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

We visited the Royston Cave having watched a documentary on tv on the Knights Templar which spoke about the carvings. This is a hidden gem tucked away in Royston amongst the shops! If you are remotely interested in the Knights Templar, or even if you...More

3  Thank Gillian H
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Interesting bit of history but small. So don't expect a massive cave system. Connected to the knight templer . Great Guide and worth it . Carvings on chalk walls from that period. Spend the day relaxing in area and visit . Plus see the Town,...More

2  Thank luke1968948
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