Two interesting visits in Reigate – The Holmesdale Museum and Reigate Caves

13th August 2022, 13:00 - 19:00



The Holmesdale Museum and Reigate Caves
Saturday 13 August 2022
1pm – 7pm




The Holmesdale Museum is not generally open to the public but one of the Society’s members has kindly organised for us to visit this collection.

The Surrey town of Reigate is well known for its ‘caves’ which riddle the town centre, although these are in fact largely old sand mines. We will have a tour exclusive to the Society.

The Holmesdale Natural History Club Museum promotes the study of natural history, local history, archaeology and geology in the area of Reigate.

It has a well-stocked library and extensive museum collections, some of which was collected in the eighteenth century. There is large collection of stuffed birds, local history and archaeological collections. The herbarium specimens include material collected by James Brewer for the first Flora of Surrey which was published by the Club in 1863.

The castle mound overlooking Reigate town centre is composed of soft sandstone and has been mined over several centuries. The castle has long gone but the mound and many of its excavations still remain. Known locally as the “Reigate Caves”, tours include the Barons’ Cave in the Castle Grounds and the East and West Caverns in Tunnel Road. Your view of Reigate might change once you have experienced what lies beneath your feet!

We have organised for everyone to have a cup of tea or coffee or cold drink and a piece of cake or scone at a local café between the two visits. PLEASE STATE ANY DIETARY REQUIREMENTS IN THE COMMENTS BOX WHEN BOOKING.

You are advised to bring a torch for the caves visit. Please wear closed shoes with non-slip soles. It can be chilly in the caves so make sure you bring a jumper (warning in case it is a hot day!)

There is a quite steep short flight of steps into the Barons Cave which would make it impossible to access for those with mobility issues. Please bear in mind there are also some steps in the cave and the floor is uneven in places.

This event is not suitable for children, wheelchair users or dogs.

Cost to Members: £22
Cost to Non-members: £25
This cost includes a donation to the museum, the entry fee to the caves and refreshments.

Deadline for booking  6 August 2022.

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