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Can I have my £5.50 back?
Caves of Nottingham
Member Name: mattconnect
Caves of Nottingham
Disadvantages: Waste of time and of money, I know people living in Nottingham who have never been here + don't care
Having handed in all our coursework and have three months of summer ahead, we decided to go check out the Nottingham 'City of Caves' given we are going to be here studying a while, we might as well check out the attractions.
Paying £5.50 for a student ticket, we were thrilled to explore the caves, spurred on by the woman at the counter who told us it is 'not what you'd expect down there'. WOW. Let me just start by sharing my expectations.
I have previously seen a map of the sprawling caves around Nottingham and I've even been shown a video scan imaging of the caves during one of my lectures so I assumed we would be going on a trek like tour around these sprawling caves all over Nottingham.
So wearing my sturdy trainers, equipped with an audio guide (lasting 35 minutes) and a group of friends, we descended the steps...
Faced with a giant black curtain swaying in the wind, we froze in fear. We read at reception that there would be live actors. But none were to be seen so we calmed down and just shuffled along down a few another flight of steps.
Following the arrow, we were eager to explore the caves ahead and decided to ignore the audio guide and just pick up bits and bobs whenever. Peering into holes, nooks and crevices, we wondered where they would lead, but they were only small openings. And the stench of piss and poo began to creep up our noses.
After witnessing some tanning pools and a few alcoves, we turned a corner and entered this warzone area. And at the end of this corridor was the exit. What? The audio guide was still talking about war by the time we reached the end. WOW.
We were completely shocked at the swift 'exhibition' that these caves were. What did I learn? Not much. And what unexpected feelings erupted indeed!
The most fascinating thing I probably enjoyed the most was being able to hear the trams up ahead whilst waiting in the queue to get the tickets for this.
Avoid it like the plague- you can probably watch youtube videos and find pictures which are more stimulating than the cave experience itself.
Summary: Just look at pictures > the experience
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