Find twisted tunnels

Dark burrows, winding tunnels through trees and shafts that seem to go to the centre of the earth – are you brave enough to enter these places of little light? Here are some of the best, and scariest...

Children flying a kite

Allan Bank, Cumbria 

Wander through the woodland paths at Allan Bank, in Cumbria, to discover the viewing tunnel.

Path leading into China with view of Joss House

Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire 

There are hidden tunnels and pathways to explore at Biddulph Grange Garden, in Staffordshire.

Calke Abbey house with visitors in front

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire 

Enter a world of little light and follow the twists and turns of the brew house tunnel at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire.

Visitors ascend the main stair case in Castle Coole

Castle Coole, County Fermanagh 

Go on a subterranean adventure in the old servant’s tunnel at Castle Coole, County Fermanagh.

Tunnel from the Valley Garden to the Terraces at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele, Cornwall 

Take the secret tunnel from our formal terraces to our wild Valley Garden at Cotehele, in Cornwall.

Tunnel inside of Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Deep Shelter, Kent 

Explore long forgotten defences from the Second World War at the Fan Bay Deep Shelters at the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent. Opened for the first time in 2015.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire 

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.

Long brick tunnel leading to the entrance of the shaft

Levant Mine, Cornwall 

Descend the spiral staircase to the old miners’ tunnel in Levant Mine, Cornwall. You can retrace the miner’s steps along the underground route and brave children can now stand inside the old shaft, looking at the drop below their feet.

A tunnel at the Needles Battery, Isle of Wight in the snow

Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight 

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.

Sheringham Park in summer

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

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 tunnels at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex

Uppark House, Sussex 

Discover the echoing tunnels of Uppark House, in Sussex, which would once have been used by the servants.