Best Places to Go Caving in the British Isles

Below the surface of Britain, there is a dark parallel world of subterranean tunnels and deep caverns. Here are 5 top destinations if you want to go exploring Britain’s underworld.

Ease Gill Caverns, Yorkshire

The largest cave system in Britain, Ease Gill is made up of over 40 miles of subterranean passageways. Slip into these crevices and you will feel like you’re on the other side of the world.

Alum Pot, Yorkshire

This is an 80m open shaft drop. You can be led to it by caving experts via the underground streams, or by abseiling down to it.

Swildon’s Hole, Somerset

Located in the infamous caving district of the Mendips, here you can find the largest subterranean river network in Britain with a whole city of caves and crevices to explore.

Giant’s Hole, Peak District

This technical and complex caving network consists of narrow tunnels and unusual rock formations. It even has underground waterfalls to discover.

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Fingal’s Cave, Inner Hebrides

Described by Walter Scott as  “one of the most extraordinary places I ever beheld,” this majestic cave is like a natural, geological cathedral in which the ancient material of the Earth pays homage.