Twisted tunnels

The tunnels at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex
Explore the tunnels at Uppark house and Garden, West Sussex National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

If you're looking for a family day out with a difference, why not explore the mysterious tunnels found at some of the places we look after?

Where to find tunnels to explore

  • Descend the spiral staircase to the old miners’ tunnel in Levant Mine, Cornwall. You can retrace the miners’ steps along the underground route. The bravest children can stand inside the old shaft, looking at the drop below their feet.
  • Go on a subterranean adventure in the old servants’ tunnel at Castle Coole, County Fermanagh.
  • Climb down the spiral staircase into a secret, winding tunnel at the Old Battery on the Isle of Wight. This ex-military tunnel takes you to a hidden searchlight position, giving a dramatic bird’s eye view, directly onto the rocks below.
  • Enter a world of little light and follow the twists and turns of the brew house tunnel at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire.
  • Wind your way through the tunnel in the rhododendrons at Sheringham Park, Norfolk, to the viewing tower. This route is especially striking when the plants flower in late May and early June. Some of the rhododendrons are thought to be over 100 years old and little tunnels have been created to allow access to them.
  • The Serpentine Tunnel, at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, was designed to give guests a gentle fright. It's still dark enough to be exciting today.
  • Take the secret tunnel from the formal terraces to the wild Valley Garden at Cotehele, in Cornwall.
  • In spring 2015 we re-opened the Fan Bay Deep Shelters at the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent - great to explore with the family.