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Visit the City of Caves
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.
City of Caves
(Bottom of the Steps next to the Nottingham Contemporary)
Thursday - Monday
Closed everyday until further notice. 24-26 December and 1 January
City of Caves
Garner’s Hill ,
(Next to Nottingham Contemporary),
Take an archaeological journey under some of Nottingham’s most famous streets…
General Admission Prices:
Under 18s: £7.65 (Under 5s go free)
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.
Joint tickets with the National Justice Museum are available
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Read our full access statement here: Access-statement-Caves
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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.
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.