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Caves at the museum
Discover the network of man-made caves behind the museum and learn of their uses through the years...
The Museum of Nottingham Life provides a unique visitor experience. In addition to the wonderful reconstructed room settings, shop displays and vibrant galleries, this delightful historic site also enables visitors to discover a system of man-made caves.
Built behind the museum, into the base of Castle Rock, the caves provide much insight into the history of the site itself. Visitors are able to wander through the system that were once used for storage by the inhabitants of the cottages. They've also been used as a place for trade, as air raid shelters and even for cooking!
As you walk through them you will learn more about the caves and their history. See how they were used to store household items and discover how residents utilised this extra space. There is event the opportunity to sit in a reconstructed air shelter and imagine how frightened inhabitants would have been when the air raid siren sounded.
As the only cave system in Nottingham with wheelchair access, the caves at The Museum of Nottingham Life are a fantastic, accessible, piece of the city's history.