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This tour is not suitable for anyone aged under 12. Those aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Nottingham City Museums and Galleries are pleased to present an exciting opportunity to explore Nottingham's largest cave system.

Rouse's sand mine off Mansfield Road was created between around 1780 and 1810 and has many fascinating original features created by James Rouse, as well as its later uses as a Victorian and early 20th century tourist attraction, and Second World War air raid shelter. Nicknamed the Mammoth Cave because of its vast size and winding passages, which make this cave system a labyrinth, this is a unique experience unlike any other cave tour in the city. Nottingham's City Archaeologist, Scott Lomax, will lead tours of this cave system and will provide a fascinating history of the caves, revealing many little-known facts and anecdotes. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes safety induction prior to entering the cave.

The meeting place will be outside the Arboretum café just inside the Arboretum from the Waverley Street entrance. Please note the meeting point is approximately a 5 minute walk from the cave entrance. This tour is not suitable for anyone aged under 12. Those aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. It is essential that all participants wear suitable, flat-soled footwear with good tread. Hard hats and torches will be provided (there is no source of light in the cave). The cave is entered and exited via 5 flights of concrete steps (67 steps) and is not suitable for those with limited mobility. Please note that the floor levels in the cave do change. If you have any concerns regarding whether any medical condition could be a problem, or would like further information, please contact Scott Lomax at scott.lomax@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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