Unearth Nottingham’s Hidden History with New Cave App & Trail


They’ve been used as shelter from falling bombs, housing extensions, and secret passageways over the years, now – for the first time ever – a new app gives you the chance to virtually explore Nottingham’s extraordinary man-made caves.

Nottingham’s a city built on caves, and the carefully chiselled, sandstone excavations that sit below the city centre are filled with history and intrigue.

For a long time, these caves have been hidden mysteries, sealed off from the public, and completely inaccessible.

So it’s no surprise that there was a real sense of excitement in the air at Nottingham Castle on Friday – as a brand new smartphone app was launched, designed to provide users with a virtual insight into what lies beneath.

The app is free to download, and is available to download on both Apple Store and Google Play Store. It gives amazing access to the city’s sealed off caves, featuring detailed fly-through videos, which have been created using high-tech archaeological scanning devices.

The app can serve as your complete guide to the caves of Nottingham, whether you want to read the history of a storied cave like Mortimer’s Hole – which was used by Edward III to secretly raid Nottingham Castle and capture Roger de Mortimer – or visit the City of Caves attraction, to explore the various uses for the city’s sandstone labyrinths.

An accompanying paper walking trail was also launched on Friday, which will take you on a tour around the top-10 caves in the city, and recommend some great places to stop off – pick up your copy now from Nottingham Tourist Information Centre, or download here.

The app and trail were launched by some well-known faces, with two Robin Hoods, and Madame Parboiled getting to grips with the easy to use app, which is available on Android and iPhone.

These knowledgeable, entertaining tour guides are on hand to lead you into some of the caves featured in the app, and give you a fantastic introduction to the often grisly history concealed within.

If all that doesn’t satisfy your cavey cravings, be sure to take a look at the cave section of our website to find out more about the underground wonders across Nottingham, including Europe’s most Northerly cave art.

There’s never been a better time than now to dive deep into Nottingham’s hidden history, and head underground to learn a little more about what lies below the surface here.

Posted on 03 November 2015
Featured author: Alistair

Originally from Preston - but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

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