Royston Cave, 2022: A Year of Discovery

Royston Cave, 2022: A Year of Discovery

Spring has sprung! And we’re into month three of our ‘Year of Discovery’.

This month we’ll be publishing the very first study of Royston Cave, written by Dr William Stukeley; a famous historian who visited the cave in October 1742, two months after its discovery. His book, which explored the theory that the cave was Lady Roisia’s private chapel, was printed the following year and included the very earliest recording of the cave’s carvings, illustrated as beautiful etchings. Though not entirely accurate, his sketches are a brilliant comparison with the carvings that still exist today – 280 years later! The full book and its drawings will be available to view online.

On the 24th of this month, we’ll also be celebrating the accession of James I as King of England by exploring his involvement in Royston. We’ll take you on a journey around the town to discover the remnants of his Royston palace with detailed maps and a stunning watercolour recreation of the royal estate, and look at the significant events that happened here during his reign, and that of his son King Charles I – from the Gunpowder Plot to the English Civil War!

And, at the cave itself, we’ll be introducing Activity Packs for our little (and not so little) visitors! With puzzles to solve, clues to uncover and exclusive stickers to win, now even our youngest explorers can get involved and learn about the cave in more fun and creative ways.

Tickets for the 2022 season go on sale on 1st March!

We’ll be open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 2nd April – 25th September.

Online booking only. For tickets and visitor information, see