Nottingham City Museums and Galleries are pleased to present an exciting opportunity to explore Nottingham’s largest cave system, which has not been open to the public in many years.
Rouse’s sandmine 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 one hour, with an additional twenty minutes safety induction prior to entering the cave.
It is essential that all participants wear suitable, flat-soled footwear with good tread. Warm clothing is also recommended due to the slightly cool temperature within the cave. Hard hats and torches will be provided. The cave is entered via concrete steps and is not suitable for those with limited mobility. If you have any concerns regarding whether any medical condition could be a problem, please contact Scott Lomax at firstname.lastname@example.org
This tour is not suitable for anyone aged under 12. Those aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.