Discover a world underground

Fancy an otherworldly experience? The ground beneath our feet hides a multitude of jaw-dropping sites and an underground tour can reveal so much about England’s history and the formation of the English landscape. There are miles of caves to explore, boasting awe-inspiring stalagmites and stalactites. Take a sewer tour – yes, really – to gawp at the subterranean architecture and marvel at Victorian ingenuity. For a less aromatic experience, disused coal mines now offer the chance to descend 140m underground on a mine tour to confront the vivid realities faced by the men, women and children who have toiled in them through the ages. These are hidden gems indeed.

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Take a guided tour through a Cumbrian mine

Take a guided tour through a Cumbrian mine

Explore the relationship between the geology of the Lake District area and the quarrying of local limestone, sandstone, granite and slate in Cumbria.

Location: Threlkeld, Cumbria

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Discover an underworld city of caves

Discover an underworld city of caves

With more than 400 caves carved into the soft sandstone rock beneath the city, Nottingham has been known for its caves for centuries.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Explore the hidden Victoria Tunnel beneath Newcastle

Explore the hidden Victoria Tunnel beneath Newcastle

Hidden beneath the city, the Victoria Tunnel is a place to immerse yourself in WW2 and Victorian history, uncovering stories and secrets at every turn.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Military history
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Heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham

Country park and caverns set in 60 acres of woodland.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

Attractions
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Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial heritage and folk music in Northumberland.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Underground Choir Singing

Underground Choir Singing

Inside Britain's largest natural cave entrance.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

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Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Dare you walk the tar tunnel where a black treacle-like substance oozes from the brick walls? Don a hard hat and go underground.

Location: Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire

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Potholing and Caving

Potholing and Caving

An underground Yorkshire adventure

Location: North Yorkshire

Activities
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Mersey Tunnel Tour

Mersey Tunnel Tour

Take a look underneath and behind the scenes of this most famous of English rivers.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Hidden in a beautiful limestone gorge you'll find some of Britain's only known Ice Age art.

Location: Creswell, Nottinghamshire

Archaeological sites
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Experience underground shopping at Scarborough’s vaults market

Experience underground shopping at Scarborough’s vaults market

Under Scarborough’s streets lies a treasure trove of antique and craft stalls, where artists and jewellers sell their wares.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Experience the Blitz spirit at Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Experience the Blitz spirit at Stockport Air Raid Shelters

See how Britain survived the Blitz as you negotiate this dark labyrinth of tunnels at Stockport Air Raid Shelters.

Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester

Military history
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Join the Bat Patrol at Cheddar Gorge

Join the Bat Patrol at Cheddar Gorge

As the sun sets, the silvery moon lights up Cheddar Gorge making it the perfect time to join a bat walk.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Release your Tarzan and journey to the centre of the earth on an epic double adventure in Derbyshire’s beautiful Buxton.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

Forests and woodlands
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Find out what lies beneath Exeter's Underground Passages

Find out what lies beneath Exeter's Underground Passages

Explore a subterranean world beneath the city streets in Exeter's mysterious underground passages.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Peak District Mining Museum

Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

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Experience the wonderful underground world of Wookey Hole

Experience the wonderful underground world of Wookey Hole

There are legends a-plenty about Britain’s biggest caves, where you’ll find a secret river and bewitching caverns.

Location: Wells, Somerset

Price: From £39.99

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Solve the mystery of Margate’s Shell Grotto

Solve the mystery of Margate’s Shell Grotto

Explore atmospheric underground passages, marvel at walls covered with millions of shells, try to work out how it all began.

Location: Margate, Kent

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Blue John Cavern

Blue John Cavern

Take your own journey to the centre of the earth in search of Blue John.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

Rainy day ideas
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Visit England’s highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel

Visit England’s highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel

All aboard! Take a seat on the glass topped boat and take a journey into the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in the country.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

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