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City of Caves Ghost Hunts



City of Caves
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire


Nottingham is famous for its dark and historic sandstone caves, having more man-made caves than anywhere else in the UK. During Saxon times, this area was known as 'Tigguo Cobauc' which comes from Old Brythonic meaning 'Dwelling of Caves'. To this day you can still see the original scratch marks on the cave walls, where men wielding pickaxes chipped away at the rock. Paranormal Investigations are rare at the City of Caves, but it is well-known to be a very haunted and active location, from the sounds of frightening screams and voices echoing the passages, to dark hooded malevolent figures that petrify guests and visitors. Would you be brave enough to go underground in the dark?



The area where the City of Caves lie was dates back to mid-Saxon originally known as 'Tigguo Cobauc', which is Old Brythonic meaning 'Place or Dwelling of Caves'. It was first referenced in an old manuscript called 'The Life Of King Alfred' by a Welsh monk and historian called Asser, Bishop of Sherborne, who wrote the piece in 893 AD. He also visited Snotingaham in circa 900 AD. Snotingaham or sometimes referred to as 'Snotta Inga Ham' or 'Snottingham', was the original name of Nottingham, named after the Anglo-Saxon tribe of the Snots.

These ancient caves were used for housing and dwellings as early as the 11th Century, with troglodytes (hermits) even being recorded in the 1600s. The City of Caves remain as some of Nottingham's oldest and well preserved caves, with excavations discovering broken pottery dating back to 1270-1300.


Many caves were inhabited until 1845, when the St. Mary's Enclosure Act banned the rental of cellars and caves as homes for those in poverty, although it wouldn't be surprising if landlords ignored this Act and continued the practice in secret.

During World War 2 in a turbulent time when Britain was being bombed by Nazi Germany, the caves were used has an air raid shelter to protect the citizens of Nottingham from night time bombings. Families, children, parents and adults, all were brought down here and sometimes in complete darkness, scared and terrified that they could be killed from direct impacts or from flying shrapnel if they stayed above ground.


What now stands is a visitor attraction called the City of Caves, a series of dark Brythonic and Anglo-Saxon caves and tunnels, with medieval wells, cesspits and the cellar walls of the former medieval Drury Hill that still remain intact today.


Every year, the City Archaeologists investigate and excavate parts of the cave system around Nottingham, only to find out new discoveries about this underground terrain and about our past. Now you too can investigate the City of Caves, albeit the paranormal way.


The City of Caves is famous for its ghosts, hauntings and paranormal activity, and with a dark, troubled past dating over 1,200 years, we can see why.

The spirit of a cloaked shadow man is seen wandering through the caves carrying a candlelit lantern, before vanishing into thin air.

An evil and negative entity is also reported to haunt the Caves, with the smells of Sulphur appearing whenever this evil spirit manifests. He is also said to cause violent poltergeist activity, like throwing stones and pushing people. Be careful you don't walk into him.

Voices of children and adults can be heard echoing around the Caves, more so in the old Air Raid Shelter, where panic and fear set in as you stare down one long passage, and turn ninety degrees to stare down the other.

In the Tannery, cold spots move around sending feelings of concern and dizziness running through you. It is also in this area where high levels of EMF suddenly manifest and then dissipate, as if someone or something has come into the atmosphere.

And as you stand silently still in the Caves with torchlights out, guests will feel as if someone is walking past in front of them, despite everyone not moving.



Your night of ghost hunting with Brookes Paranormal is guaranteed a fun, safe and spooky one. Experience this historic location with exclusive access after dark, as you explore the eerie rooms and areas in search for the ghostly spirits that haunt here. Here at the City of Caves, you will get to investigate the Entry Passage, the Tannery, the War Shelter, the Drury Hill Cellars and the Dark Cavern.

Our team are friendly, professional, approachable and knowledgeable with paranormal investigating, and we will guide and support you to make sure you get the most out of your investigation. We welcome everyone from all walks of life, as our events are a safe space for all who love and enjoy the thrill of ghost hunting. Whether you're a paranormal novice or an experienced investigator, you'll be well-looked after and treated like family.

This is an honest ghost hunting experience, so there won't be any fakery or trickery during the night. We believe that if activity happens, it happens for real.

On your ghost hunt, you will be split into smaller groups to give you the best, personal experience possible. You will also get hands on with various pieces of ghost hunting equipment and participate in interesting paranormal experiments.
​ While we encourage everyone
to get involved in the night's vigils, you don't have to partake in experiments like Ouija Boards and the Estes Method if you don't
want to, we have plenty of other equipment for you to use.

You will also have a couple of breaks throughout the night, where we provide you with unlimited refreshments and snacks.



  • Group photo of all guests which gets published to our page

  • Small group extended vigils

  • Refreshments and snacks like teas, coffees, hot chocolates,
    bottles of water, biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars

  • Full use of ghost hunting equipment like K2s, EMF Meters,
    REM Pods, Mel Meters, Spirit Boxes, Motion Detectors,
    Dowsing Rods, Laser Grid Pens, ITC Apps and SLS Cameras

  • Paranormal experiments like Ouija Boards, Glass Divination,
    Table Tipping, S
    éances, Estes Method and Human Pendulum

  • An introduction to ghost hunting equipment and techniques
    for guests new to the paranormal



  • All attendees MUST be 18 years or older

  • Heavily pregnant women are NOT allowed on these events

  • This location is NOT wheelchair accessible

  • This location has NO sleepover facilities

  • We operate a STRICT No Alcohol/Drugs Policy on our events, and if caught or believed to be under the influence of any alcohol or drugs, you will be removed from the event immediately and banned from all future events - No refunds

  • All attendees MUST bring a torch to the event, as we will be investigating in dark areas and low light conditions

  • Sensible footwear is required for the location's environmental conditions

  • In the colder months we advise to wear warm layered clothing, and bring a warm coat with you as the night will get cooler as the event progresses

  • History tours are NOT provided at this location, but we will talk briefly on the location's past

  • Ouija Boards are brought to events at this location, however we don't force you to take part in them

  • Please ensure you are able to attend this event; deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and full payments and remaining balances are non-refundable and non-transferable
    four weeks prior to the event date


ADDRESS: City of Caves, Garner's Hill, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1HF

EVENT TIMES: 9:00pm - 3:00am (arrive at 8:45pm)


  • Lace Market Car Park

  • NCP Nottingham Maid Marian Way Car Park

  • Local Street Parking


Please note parking charges may apply.

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