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Redcliffe Caves, Bristol

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Redcliffe Caves are a series of man made tunnels beneath the Redcliffe area of Bristol, England.


The Triassic red sandstone was dug into in the Middle ages to provide sand for glass making and pottery production. Further excavation took place from the 17th to early 19th centuries and used for storage of trade goods. There is some evidence that prisoners captured during the French Revolutionary Wars or Napoleonic Wars were imprisoned in the caves but it is clear that the local folklore that slaves were imprisoned in the caves during the Bristol slave trade is false. After the closure of the last glass factory the caves were used for storage and became a rubbish dump. The caves are not generally open but have been used for film and music events.


The explored and mapped area covers over 1 acre (0.40 ha) however several areas are no longer accessible and the total extent of the caves is not known.
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  • We visited here during the Heritage Open weekend when entry was free, and there were plenty of people enjoying the rare chance to visit. Technically, they are not caves but mines as they are man...  more »
  • We visited these caves during Bristol Open Doors weekend. They are amazing! They extend way back into the hillside and are really interesting to negotiate around. Don't forget your torch!  more »
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  • My first ever experience of "Bristol Open Days" event and I loved it! Have admit, was one of those in the rush and forgot to bring my own torch, but phone did a good job too! Queue seemed like it's not going to end, but staff did a great job and passed everyone through quite quickly. (Worth getting more staff - just to manage the queues better and keep everyone inform-I would say). Astonishing sound effects and overall walk plan. Don't blame volunteers for not knowing much and bless them for their patience in answering all never-ending-questions. Would definitely recommend, at least once to visit. A hidden secret and another bit of history of Bristol was discovered by all of us yesterday. Well done!
  • Way bigger than I expected, super interesting place! Make sure you bring a torch if you're going to an Open Day, it's really dark and my phone torch didn't quite cut it 🤦🏻‍♂️

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