Beit Guvrin is a National Park and a historical site in the Lachish region of Israel. It’s about 20 minutes from Bet Shemesh. What’s more important is that there are caves, and my kids love the caves in Beit Guvrin.
While you can walk around the site, it’s better if you can drive around, since the caves are quite far from one another. The first caves that my kids love going to are the pigeon caves. On the wall you will see many pigeon holes. These holes are where the Romans used to keep their pigeons before using them in ritual sacrifices.
Putting dead pigeons aside, the caves themselves are great. When you think of caves you think small dark hole in the mountainside. If you think that about the Beit Guvrin caves, you would be wrong.
Once you manage to climb out of that cave there is another one close by that is much bigger, and my kids enjoy more.
The cave is large, cool, and fun for the kids to run around in.
Once done in the cave, take the other stairs out because it’s fun to come out somewhere else, and plus the pictures are great.
After finishing with the first set of caves, you get in the car and drive to the next set. While there is another cave at this second location, I will focus on their favorite cave. Their favorite cave is the Apollophanes cave.
With an amazingly picturesque entrance this cave was used as an ancient burial chamber, and is a lot of fun to play in.
My kids normally play in this kid for a half hour easy if not more!
When your finally done, with those caves it’s time to head to the Bell Caves.
The Beit Guvrin Bell Caves are probably the most famous and the largest caves in Beit Guvrin.
Exploring the different areas of the cave is fun and easy as it is stroller accessible.
Here not only will you find caves, but you can find a batload of bats as well! Depending on your kid, this will either terrify or delight them.
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Don’t forget to take the long way back so that you can enjoy the scenery and a few hidden caves as well.
Now, there is more to do in Beit Guvrin. There is the Roman Amphitheater across the street and more, but, by the time we finish with the Beit Guvrin Bell Caves the kids are done, so that is where we normally stop.
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“I’ve been here with you and with school. Let me show you around. Also, the bats are scary”
“The caves are so cool and fun”
“Did you see me running in the cave…also, can I take off my shoes”
“I enjoyed this trip immensely, particularly the Apollophanes Cave. Also…bats! “