The Caves of Nottingham


Useful Information

Image: The pub Ye olde Trip to Jerusalem.
Location: In the city centre of Nottingham.
 Location by UK Streetmap
Open: The Caves of Nottingham: Mon-Sat 10-17, Sun 11-17.
Brewhouse Yard The Museum Of Nottingham Life: Mar-Oct daily 10-16, Nov-Feb Sat-Thu 10-16, Closed 24-DEC - 01-JAN
Fee: The Caves of Nottingham: Adults £4, Children £3, Students £3, Seniors £3. [2003]
Brewhouse Yard The Museum Of Nottingham Life: weekdays free, weekends and Bank Holidays Adults £1.50, Children £0.80.
Classification:  Cellar sandstone
Light: electric
Dimension:  
Guided tours: The Caves of Nottingham: D=40min.
Brewhouse Yard The Museum Of Nottingham Life: selfguided
Photography:  
Accessibility:  
Bibliography: Tony Waltham (1992): Sandstone Caves of Nottingham, Mercian Geologist 1992, 13(1)
Graham McEwan (1994): Crypts, Caves & Catacombs, Subterranea of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire,
S Baring Gould (1911): Cliff Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe, 324 pp illus. This is the first book on Euroean troglodytes and covers, Nottingham, Shropshire, France, in fact most of Europe.
Address: The Caves of Nottingham, Drury Walk, Broad Marsh Centre, Nottingham NG1 7LS. Tel: +44-115-9241424, Fax: Fax +44-115-9241430
Last update:$Date: 2013/04/25 23:00:13 $
Image: The outside of Castle Hill shows some holes. Some caves are hidden behind facades.

History

 
1189Ye olde Trip to Jerusalem opened.
1250Pillar Cave and Tannery built.
08-MAY-1941caves used as air raid shelter.
AUG-1994the Caves of Nottingham opened as a tourist attraction.
MAY-2003reopening of The Caves of Nottingham after a renovation.
Summer 2004The Caves of Nottingham will be closed while the overlying shopping centre is expanded.

Description

Beneath the city centre of Nottingham, the soft Sherwood Sandstone allowed the digging of cellars, even with medieval technology. So in the last 750 years more than 400 caves where cut out. They were used as storerooms, factories, pub cellars (Ye olde Trip to Jerusalem), dwelling houses or air raid shelter. The city of Nottingham has recently been renamed City of Caves.

Most of the caves are personal property. Some of them were destroyed during several centuries of city development. But some caves are protected and can be visited as a tourist attraction. Still, the so called Caves of Nottingham are not the only possibility to see the caves.

Image: Inside the Museum Of Nottingham Life, exhibition about the usage of the caves as air raid shelter.

  1. The Caves of Nottingham
    This set of man-made caves was almost lost forever when the modern shopping centre was built. Thanks to local voluntary groups, the caves were saved and are now open to visitors. Despite the caves, several sights were made up, which makes this place a typical British attraction.

    Attractions included:

    Following the termination of the lease with Caves of Nottingham Ltd, it is now under the jurisdiction of the local Gallery of Justice Museum. A £50,000 upgrade to the tourist attraction was undertaken in April 2003, followed by a grand reopening in May, with full-time interpreters wearing costumes representing an archaeologist, air raid warden and tanner.

  2. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
    This pub is called the oldest pub in Britain, as it claims to have been established in 1189 AD. We do not know if it is really that old, but it is definitely very impressive inside, as maybe half of the pub is located inside a cavern. But it is not the oldest pub in Britain, this is either the The Old Ferry Boat in St Ives, Cambridgeshire or Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans.

  3. Brewhouse Yard: The Museum Of Nottingham Life
    This museum is very impressive. Many aspects of Nottingham's daily life in the last hundred years are shown. The Brewhouse Yard was built at the rocks below the castle and used the caves behind to store beer from the brewery. Today an Air Raid Shelter exhibition shows many details about World War II.

  4. Mortimer's Hole
    This is a 100 metres long tunnel between The Trip and the castle. It is visited as a part of a castle tour. The tunnel is named after Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (25-APR-1287 Wigmore, Herefordshire; 29-NOV-1330 in London). After leading a successful rebellion against Edward II, was for three years de facto ruler of England. In 1330, men loyal to Edward III used this tunnel to capture him. He was conveyed to the Tower in London, condemned without trial and ignominiously hanged at Tyburn.


The Caves of Nottingham Gallery

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