City of Caves

Underground cave dwellings in Nottingham

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.

Take a tour to 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

Opening Times

Mon - Fri

10:00am - 4:00pm

Sat - Sun

10:00am - 4:00pm


Easter Sunday, 24th-26th December and 1st January

How to find us

City of Caves

Upper Level, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre

How to book

Taken an archaeological journey under some of Nottingham’s most famous streets...

General Admission Prices:

Adults: £7.95
Under 18s: £6.95 (Under 5’s go free)
Students: £6.95
Over 60's: £6.95
Family ticket £24.40 (max.2 adults)

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 or call 0115 952 0555 to find out more

Group Bookings For bookings of 10+ please call our Bookings Coordinator on 0115 99 39 811
School Bookings Find out more about school visits
We recommend booking in advance wherever possible. See full booking terms and conditions here

Access information

City Of Caves, Nottingham is accessed at the upper mall level of the Intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre 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 provide a virtual reality presentation that is situated within the shop area which is free of charge to view.

Facilities: There is a gift shop on site. Visitors can use public toilets in Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. There are also various cafes and places to eat within the shopping centre.

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

Read our full access statement here

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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.

We are located within a shopping centre in Nottingham City Centre so there are many places to eat and drink nearby.

Gift vouchers

What's On

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance?
You can turn up on the day. However, we strongly recommended 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.

What time are the tours?
Monday – Friday: Doors open at 10:00am. Audio Tours run from 10:30am – 4:00pm.
Weekends and school holidays: Doors open at 10:00am. Guided tours run every half an hour from 10:30am – 4:00pm

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

Where can I park?
Nearest car parks are Broadmarsh car park and Lace Market car park.For further directions including public transport recommendations please click here

Do you offer tours in foreign languages?
All of our actor led tours are delivered in the English language. Foreign guidebooks are available to purchase for £1 to enhance the visit for our overseas visitors. These are available in French, German, Spanish and Chinese.