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Hellfire Caves
West Wycombe Hill Road
West Wycombe
Buckinghamshire

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Supposedly of ancient origin these unique caves were extended in the 18th. Century by Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the notorious Hellfire Club. His aim was to provide an extraordinary addition to his landscape gardens whilst providing employment to the villagers following a succession of harvest failures. The achievement is a true feat of engineering and quite remarkable. Long winding passages lead deep underground for over half a mile, through the great Banqueting Hall and past various chambers in which are scenes of famous members of the Hellfire Club such as John Wilkes, Lord Sandwich and Benjamin Franklin. The final destination is the Inner Temple which is reached by crossing the River Styx. Above ground is a delightful café and visitors can enjoy walking on West Wycombe Hill which is surmounted by the Church of St. Lawrence with its famous Golden Ball. Ample free parking.

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Months Open: Weekdays (April - Oct) 11 - 5.30
Sat, Sun, BH Mon & School Holidays: 11 - 5.30 (or dusk)
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes - Nearby
Admission Price: Adults: £5
Children: £4
Family (2+3): £15
Gift Shop: Yes
Catering: Café

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