Plan your visit
Immerse yourself in the winding passageways of an underground world. Discover the lives of the people who found themselves living and working in this extraordinary environment.
Soak up the extraordinary atmosphere of the ancient caves carved deep beneath Nottingham’s city centre, including WW2 air raid shelters and a medieval tannery.
Due to the confined nature of the site, we stagger entry times to the City of Caves and limit group size to allow for a comfortable visit. We strongly recommend booking your tickets in advance, especially for busy periods such as weekends and school holidays.
Our audio tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, and we recommend bringing headphones. This historic site has many steps, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes, and wrapping up warm in colder weather.
Buying a ticket
Journey around the winding passageways of Nottingham’s largest network of sandstone caves - we have a range of tickets for sale online. We strongly recommend booking in advance.
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Save on National Justice Museum tickets
Why not buy a joint ticket offering a reduced admission price to the National Justice Museum? Save money and discover a museum experience like no other.
|Joint adult ticket||£19.35||£17.60|
|Joint child ticket||£14.45||£13.15|
|Joint concession ticket||£16.95||£15.40|
|Joint family ticket|
To book a Joint Ticket
Add your desired tickets for the National Justice Museum and the City of Caves to your basket and the discount will apply automatically. These must be the same type of ticket, for example an adult ticket or a student ticket.
To book Joint Family Tickets
When booking Joint Family Tickets (4 tickets, max 2 adults), you will need to select 4 tickets and choose your entry time for the National Justice Museum and the City of Caves. To book Joint Family Tickets, click here. Please note, if you are booking additional tickets, you will need to book those separately.
Please note: where specified, ticket prices include a Gift Aid donation.
How to find us
The entrance to the City of Caves is currently at the bottom of the Garner’s Hill Steps next to Nottingham Contemporary. Use the post code NG1 1HF to locate the main entrance. Please note, Google Maps may direct you through the now-closed Broadmarsh shopping centre. When you reach Weekday Cross, continue towards Nottingham Contemporary. Stand at the entrance to Nottingham Contemporary and head down the steps down to your left.
Buses go to the Nottingham train station and around the city centre – both within walking distance of the caves.
The Caves are located 0.7miles away from Nottingham Train Station (a 10-15 minute walk). Taxis are available at the train station.
Leave the tram at the ‘Lace Market’ stop. Go to the Nottingham Contemporary and walk down the Garner’s Hill steps to the City of Caves.
From M1 north. Leave the M1 at junction 26 and follow signs for A610. Once in the city centre, follow the brown and white signs for the City of Caves.
From M1 south. Leave the M1 at junction 24 and follow signs for the A453. Once in the city centre, follow the brown and white signs for the City of Caves.
Unfortunately there is no onsite carpark. Nearest car parks Stoney Street and Lace Market car park.
|Monday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Tuesday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Wednesday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Thursday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Friday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Saturday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|10:00am - 5:00pm|
Final admission is 4pm
We have made every effort to try and make our sites, facilities and services as accessible as possible to all visitors. Our accessibility page contains lots of detail to help you plan an enjoyable and comfortable visit.
If you have specific access needs we strongly advise that you contact us in advance (0115 952 0555 or email@example.com) so we can help you to make the most of your visit.
Due to the historic nature of these ancient caves, they are inaccessible for visitors who use wheelchairs, are bringing prams, or have limited mobility.
Please note: There are currently no on-site toilets at the City of Caves. Please ask at reception for details of the nearest facilities.
Our gift shop offers carefully selected mementoes that reflect the fascinating themes of our caves and the city of Nottingham. Money spent in our shop goes back into our charity to support the delivery of enriching learning experiences for all.
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