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City of Caves, part of The National Justice Museum




Visit the City of Caves

Book a daytime admission to the City of Caves 

Caves Audio Tour

Book a joint ticket with the National Justice Museum 

City of Caves is part of a hidden maze of over 500 original sandstone caves underneath the streets of Nottingham dating back to the dark ages.

Investigate the social history of the caves and learn more about the events that once happened inside these fascinating underground dwellings. As part of your visit you will see the only medieval underground tannery in the country, head to the Anderson air raid shelter where thousands of people sought refuge during WWII and explore the remnants of Drury Hill Victorian slums.

Find out more about the history of the Caves

City of Caves
Garner’s Hill
(Bottom of the Steps next to the Nottingham Contemporary)


Opening Times

Thursday - Monday





Closed everyday until further notice. 24-26 December and 1 January

How to find us

City of Caves

Garner’s Hill ,
(Next to Nottingham Contemporary),

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How to book

Take an archaeological journey under some of Nottingham’s most famous streets…

We highly recommend booking in advance especially during weekends and holiday periods 

General Admission Prices:

Adults: £8.75
Under 18s: £7.65 (Under 5s go free)
Students: £7.65
Over 60s: £7.65
Family ticket £26.95 (max.2 adults)
Joint adult ticket with the National Justice Museum: £17.60
Joint family ticket with the National Justice Museum: £48.77 (4 people, max 2 adults)

These prices include a  donation to Gift Aid, should you wish to make one. As we are a small charity, Gift Aid helps us to maintain the fascinating National Justice Museum and it’s collections, together with the historic City of Caves and an award-winning learning programme benefiting thousands of children and young people.

 See full booking terms and conditions here

See what’s on for our full programme of events and to book your ticket.

Joint tickets with the National Justice Museum are available

Contact caves@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk or call 0115 952 0555 to find out more

School Bookings Find out more about school visits

Access information

City Of Caves, Nottingham is accessed at the bottom of Garner’s Hill steps next to Nottingham Contemporary in the city centre.

Due to the historic nature of the caves, they are unfortunately inaccessible for visitors who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility. We do however have a free digital presentation that includes a snap shot of our caves and other caves around Nottingham.

Facilities: Visitors can use toilets in the National Justice Museum, just a short walk away. There are also various cafes and places to eat within walking distance.

To discuss any access requirements that you may have in advance of your visit please contact the customer services team on 0115 952 0555 or e-mail caves@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk

Read our full access statement here:   Access-statement-Caves

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Eat, Drink, Shop

Our gift shop is a great place to purchase gifts, souvenirs and mementos. Our range is carefully selected to ensure it reflects the themes of the Caves. Come and browse our huge range of specialised rocks, ancient fossils and crystals.

Open every day for visitors and shoppers.


What's On

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance?
We strongly recommend you book in advance to secure your desired time. Tours can get booked up very quickly during busy periods, so it is always recommended that you pre-book. Schools and groups must book in advance.

What time are the tours?
Thursday – Monday: Tours run from 10am – 4pm. Doors close at 5pm.
Weekends and school holidays: Tours run from 10am – 4pm. Doors close at 5pm.

How long do I allow for a visit?
Roughly 45 minutes

Where can I park?
Nearest car parks are Stoney Street car park and Lace Market car park. Further information on car parks.

Please be aware the City of Caves is a cave system with a lot of uneven surfaces and we recommend that you wear appropriate footwear when visiting.