|Location:||Bristol. Behind warehouses adjacent to Floating Harbour. From Redcliffe Hill turn into Redcliffe Parade.|
All year round after prior arrangement with the Harbour Master's Office and the guide.
See webpage below for more informations.
Also on Bristol Doors open day, normally a Saturday around 11th September.
|Fee:||per group GBP 25 plus GBP 1 per person.|
|Classification:||artificial sandstone caverns.|
|Light:||none, bring electric torch.|
Mr. Richard Smith, City Docks Manager, Harbour Master's Office, Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6XG
Axbridge Caving Group, E-mail:
Alan Gray, guide, Tel: +44-1761-452288, E-mail:
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.
|1186||reference to St John's Hospital.|
|1665||Dutchmen held as prisoners in the crypt of St. Mary Redcliffe Church.|
|1741||Spanish prisoners held in the caves.|
|1744||French prisoners held in the caves.|
|1784||reference about using the caves for storage by the owner Glassworks - Vigors.|
|1938||small parts used as air raid shelters during the Second World War.|
|1995||first visited by the Axbridge Caving Group (ACG).|
|1997||start of tours by the Axbridge Caving Group (ACG)|
A region near the river Avon, famous for its red sandstone cliffs, was called Redcliffe when this area became part of Bristol. This part of the river is called Floating Harbour. The name of Redcliffe Caves is derived from the name of the quarter.
The sandstone is soft enough, to allow the construction of cellars, but hard enough to be stable. So during several centuries numerous cellars, dungeons and subterranean storage rooms were built. The quarried sandstone was used to manufacture cheap dark green bottles and to make a slip for glazing pottery.
The owner of the Redcliffe Caves is the City Council, and there are no regular open hours despite the Bristol Doors Open Day. But in the last years, the Axbridge Caving Group (ACG) started to explore the caves an to make tours by special appointment. The times of the hurricane lamps - as described by Tony Oldham in 1972 (see below) - are over, everybody has to bring his own light!