City of Caves in Nottingham

Deep below the familiar sights and sounds of the city of Nottingham, lose yourself in the unique and unforgettable City of Caves.

Where can I learn about underground architecture in Nottingham?

Explore a labyrinthine world's tortuous passages here in Nottingham! Witness the lives of those who found themselves living and working in a wet, gloomy, yet reassuringly safe environment.

Experience the amazing ambience of the historic tunnels dug deep beneath Nottingham’s city centre, which include WW2 air raid shelters and a mediaeval tannery.

Experience a realm beyond imagination and a genuinely remarkable adventure in history in the UK’s greatest network of caverns, with over 800 caves meticulously intersecting to create beautiful places.

For here is a site unlike any other, one that continues to draw tourists from all over the world and inspires fresh perspectives on our world.

We recommend that you book ahead of time to ensure that you get the time you want. Tours can fill up fast at peak times, so it’s always a good idea to book ahead of time. Schools and organisations must make reservations in advance.

Stoney Street and Lace Market car parks are the closest to the hotel.




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
Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Opening times may change outside school holidays.
  • Closed 24 – 26 December inclusive, and 1 January.
  • Car Park available for free


Item Gift Aid Price Standard Price
Adult Caves Admission £8.75 £7.95
Under 18s Caves Admission £7.65 £6.95
Under 5s Caves Admission (FREE) £0.00 £0.00
Family Caves Admission¹ £26.95 £24.50
Senior Concession (Over 60) Caves Admission £7.65 £6.95
Student Concession (Student ID required) Caves Admission £7.65 £6.95
City of Caves Guide Book (collect from reception) £1.50 £1.50

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Assemble + Schools of Tomorrow: The Place We Imagine

11 - 24 August, 2022
In 1968, the legendary Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi drew a fantastical playground. This colourful drawing imagines a series of vast structures in front of Museum of Art, São Paulo (MASP), which she had recently designed. They loom over the museum – as though imagined by children, rather than an architect. This was important for Bo Bardi, who wrote: “the young will be the protagonists in the life of the museum through design, music and theatre”. This utopian play-space was, however, never built. Today, the unrealised design prompts the question: how might we reimagine galleries, play and education? More than three years in the making, in summer 2022 Nottingham Contemporary will collaborate with the design collective Assemble to bring Bo Bardi’s vision to life. Inspired by the architect’s now-famous drawing, this ambitious project will realise a series of large-scale play sculptures, one of which was developed in dialogue with children from three local schools. At each school Assemble worked closely with a resident artist and children over time to explore themes around play. Children’s actions, ideas and responses were at the heart of this conversation; Assemble have created a design for and by the city’s children. So, let’s go and play.

Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS

11 - 24 August, 2022
Nottingham Contemporary presents Life on the CAPS, the New York-based Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani’s largest solo exhibition in the UK. Bennani’s acclaimed eight-channel video installation Party on the CAPS (2018–19) will be shown for the first time in the UK, alongside its newly commissioned sequel, Bennani’s most ambitious film to date. Bennani’s films follow the inhabitants of a fictional island in the middle of the Atlantic. Over three generations, what started as an internment camp on the island of the CAPS has developed into a bustling, geographically-isolated megalopolis where refugees and immigrants – who ‘illegally’ teleport across oceans and borders – are held by the state. The sequel – a collaboration with musician and producer Fatima Al Qadiri – continues Bennani’s exploration of displacement and biotechnology. Themes of privacy, protest and public gathering emerge through playful animation, with Bennani offering joy and humor as forms of resistance.

Laura Eldret, Reach, 2022

11 - 24 August, 2022
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11 - 13 August, 2022
Street Art Festival 2021 23rd July – 13th August Launch Party: Friday 22nd July, 6pm – 10pm This Summer at Surface sees the return of the most anarchic, the most spectacular show in town: the Nottingham Street Art Festival. This hugely popular exhibition supports and promotes Nottingham’s vibrant alternative art scene by showcasing some of today’s best local talent. The exhibition will again occupy our three-story building, and feature a salon-style hang with artwork packed from floor to ceiling. The central exhibition spills out onto the alley walls at the back of the gallery where you’ll discover work by some of Nottingham’s finest. The Street Art Festival launches with a DJ set from the enigmatic Osbourne Identity, and an old school new school set of jazz funk, hip-hop, soul and all stops in between. You’ll also be able to sample some authentic Caribbean street food from the awesome Dumplin Shack. As always, there will be a donations bar with a range of ales from local brewery, Pheasantry. Prizes will be awarded on the night by our panel of judges: Marcus Method, internationally acclaimed street artist, Chris Lawton, Skate Nottingham and Skateboard UK, and Finsbury Park Deltics, 2022 Street Art Festival prizewinner. The prizes will be announced by MC PJ Pete, probably the biggest voice in town. This is a great opportunity to pick up some terrific art at affordable prices. Free Entry: Everyone Welcome Launch Party: Friday,22nd July, 18:00–22:00 Tuesday to Friday: 12:00–18:00 Saturday: 11:00–17:00 16 Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL Website: Email: [email protected] Facebook: Twitter: @surfacegallery Instagram: @surfacegallery

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10 - 23 August, 2022
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Curious About Nottingham

10 - 23 August, 2022
Have fun discovering Nottingham with two self-guided, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy in booklet or instant download format & get curious! Are you curious about Nottingham? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Nottingham a fascinating place to explore! You’ll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Wells and the people that have shaped it. Buy in booklet or instant download format (to use on your mobile device or to print at home) from and explore in your own time. One booklet is enough for four people of all ages to enjoy. Enter code Fantastic20 at checkout for a 20% discount, when you spend over £12 on any purchases from Curious About.

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