Swan Mine, nr Batheaston, Wiltshire

An early start in May to Swan mine, this trip was intended for us to get back up to Wiltshire and get underground. It’d been a while!

An old friend tagged along this time as he was curious as to what we got up to on these long days out! I don’t think he’ll be coming again..!!
We’d not explored Swan Mine (also known as Kingsdown Quarry) before, it’d always been on our list but there was just always something bigger and better to be getting on with in the area.

We were pleasantly surprised. Swan is a fantastic little mine. Perhaps a little more unstable than some of the other mines in the area but plenty of history, quarryman’s tools, horse and cart prints and a superb crane still in situ. There’s even a guestbook for cavers/miners & explorers alike to sign. Charming!

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  1. Liam says:

    Does anybody know if it’s still accessible?

    1. wormster says:

      AFAIK yes

  2. Fish says:

    Went in here a couple of weeks ago, pretty easy to enter although a couple of the roof falls look quite recent. Still a popular place for an explore as many cavers were in here.

    1. SloppyJesus says:

      Still open as of November 2018, I went there today. East 1 is still easily accessible, as is The Gulch.

      Don’t park in the Swan Inn car park though, You’ll get complained at by the owner

    2. Donnie says:

      Went in just before Christmas. Easily accessible and a fantastic place to visit. The owner of the pub is fine with you parking there as long as you buy something before you go in (we only bought a coke & a pickled egg) and park the right way round!

  3. m says:

    Me and a few of my friends went down there today for the second time. It’s a bit dangerous down there now a lot of the tunnels have started collapsing if anyone does decide to go down there just take care on where you step and where you place your hands

    1. dave says:

      Hi there! Would love to check this place out soon could you possibly tell me where I could find the entrance please? Thanks.

      1. m says:

        Hi Dave there is 2 entrances to get under there and they’re right opposite the pub and there’s a rabbit hole that goes from the mine to a opening on someone’s land it’s a good day out though.

    2. seb peson says:

      Hi mate do you know of the postcode near here?

  4. Simba says:

    I can confirm that the mine is still open as have been today

    1. idd says:

      Hi Simba could you tell me how to get to it?

  5. Simba says:

    Does anyone know if this place is still open as keen to explore today?

    1. cretin says:

      Hi me and 4 friends wanna go today too
      have found location for entrance but unsure if it’s open or not

      1. The Urban Explorer says:

        Your best bet is to just go. Swan has always been “open” and I can’t see it’s changed recently. Even if you can’t get in there’s some great “plan b” locations in the immediate area.

  6. Harry brown says:

    The Urban Explorer, do you know if the entrance is still there?

    1. The Urban Explorer says:

      As far as I’m aware it is, although there’s only one way you’re going to find out for sure, mate.

      1. Harry brown says:

        Would you say it is safe for me to go

        1. The Urban Explorer says:

          No, I wouldn’t say it was safe for anyone to go unless you have experience of being underground, have all the relevant equipment, maps and possibly a guide too. Being in an underground space is serious business.

          1. Harry brown says:

            Ahh ok I’ll give it a miss then. I’m trying to look for some abandoned places in Oxfordshire but not many at all.

          2. Chris says:

            Could you please email a little info on the whereabouts please.

    2. Adam says:

      Harry, me and a friend went yesterday, can still gain access (15/10/16). Got many pics, was amazing! Finished off with a beer from the pub afterwards.

      1. Harry says:

        Great I look forward to seeing any new ones ?

    3. wobwibbly says:

      Do you know if it is still possible to access the Midford ammo store/mine?

  7. BigBaller69 says:

    Hi. Are the entrances to the mine directly opposite the pub? I’m looking on google streetview and cant see anything only a heavy wooded area.

    1. The Urban Explorer says:

      Yeah, that’s the area. You won’t see anything from Streetview.

    2. Adam says:

      Hi big baller, we found your name in the signing book :-)

  8. Rhys says:

    Hi I was trying to access the map but its unavailable.

    1. The Urban Explorer says:

      Apologies Rhys, the link should be fixed now.

  9. Jay says:

    This is a nice little mine that’s easy to locate & explore, got around the whole place in about two hours. Take UV torch with you to shine on the Calcite (white bits on walls) makes for some interesting photos.

  10. Jane Hussey says:

    Hi, lovely pictures, but could a retired girl like me visit the Swan mine where my gt. grandfather was ganger master and also ran the Swan Inn opposite the entrance to the mine up until 1908. I would like to gain a sense of history of the place and have a map of the mine from the Wiltshire Record Office as I am a keen family historian, but I would be too scared to go very far into it. How do you get into it? Do you need permission? Having spent many a family holiday on Kingsdown I had always thought that the entrance was blocked up.
    Grateful for any advice.

    1. The Urban Explorer says:

      Hi Jane, thanks for your comment.

      If you have a map you’ll be able to see the entrances on the roadside. I believe I took the EAST1 entrance and exited via the shed. It’s a bit of a squeeze if I remember rightly to get in, but once you’re in there’s plenty of room to walk around. Obviously I’d recommend that you don’t go alone, and always let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be out.

      If you need any more information or advice, feel free to e-mail me.

  11. Izzy Able says:

    Do you need to have caving gear such as hard hat when exploring these quarries? I am a bit of a novice and wondered what the suggested safety gear is.

    1. The Urban Explorer says:

      Generally yes. I know a lot of people who don’t wear hard hats but I always wear one. Also usually have a compass in my bag just in case and two copies of a map in case one gets damaged. Wellies, overalls, torches & at least one spare set of batteries.

  12. Mart says:

    Great Pictures! Went in Swan Mine this evening but only about 30ft in, done some light painting images and took a few of the first open area, Definitely going back for some more exploring! Is it advisable to take a map in this mine or is it easy to find your way back out again? I know box mine is very complex but is this one a bit easier to navigate?


    1. Hi Mart,

      Swan mine isn’t very big, and you could probably navigate it without a map but I wouldn’t advise going in any mine without a map. The map above isn’t very technical but it’ll help you if you find yourself going round in circles or off the main routes.

  13. Seb Higginson says:

    If you’re still exploring I’d be absolutely delighted by the chance to join you – I’m based near Bristol. I’m sure you get a lot of requests like this but hope springs eternal!

    1. Hey Seb,

      Sorry but I don’t really do meet-ups with complete strangers… my Mum brought me up right! Ha! ;)

      But… the good news for you is that there’s LOADS of exploring to be done in your area! Get searching man!

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