By Parkdean Resorts on 02/02/2017
Britain is a beautiful place, and with its stunning countryside and breathtaking coastlines, you’ll never be stuck for something to do. There’s attractions to suit everybody, including hundreds of famous sites, museums, theme parks, and more.Better still, you don’t even have to stay above ground to have a great day out. If you head underground, you’ll see what exciting activities lie beneath land! From trampoline parks in Wales to abandoned streets in Scotland, we’ve unearthed some of the most spectacular underground attractions for you to visit on your next holiday with Parkdean Resorts
Bounce Below, North Wales
Deep in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, you’ll find Llechwedd Slate Caverns - which hold a world of fun inside. This beautiful site is the home to Bounce Below, a variety of trampolines set inside a cave.
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Known as one of Britain’s quirkiest attractions, this is the perfect day out for the whole family, and it’s under half an hour away from Ty Mawr Holiday Park. To get your adrenaline pumping there are three giant trampolines, linked by slides which are as big as 60ft. The cavern is twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral, so there’s no need to worry about banging your head on the roof!
If trampolining isn’t for you, there’s plenty of other activities going on at Llechwood Slate Caverns, including a number of zip-line adventures. Or, you can take a Deep Mine Tour, which gives you a glimpse into the lives of miners many years ago.
Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh
About an hour away from Eyemouth Holiday Park is one of Edinburgh’s biggest secrets; Mary King’s Close. You can take a tour around this maze of streets hidden underground, which were once a vibrant community over 400 years ago. This underground site got its name from Mary King, the daughter of advocate Alexander King - who owned many of the properties within the Close.
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Frozen in time, you’ll get the opportunity to explore this underground world - hearing the stories of Mary King and the struggles of the 1600s. This incredible experience is brought to life by the tour guides, who dress up in costumes to recreate the characters.
National Showcaves Centre, Swansea
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The National Showcaves Centre for Wales is the perfect place to go with the family, as there are 10 different attractions all in one place. Under an hour’s drive away from Trecco Bay Holiday Park, there are three mysterious caves to explore - but there’s also a fossil house, a shire horse centre, and even a dinosaur village.
Dan-yr-Ogaf, Cathedral Cave, and Bone Cave are all unique, and each have their own story to tell. On your tour, you’ll see beautiful passageways and stunning rock formations, and you’ll learn all about the history behind the caves, including the struggle for survival amongst bears and hyenas, and the discovery of human skeletons. One of the caves is also used today as a spectacular wedding venue.
Once you’ve explored all three caves, you can take a look at one of the world’s largest collections of over 200 life-sized dinosaur models.
Smugglers Adventure, Hastings
If you’re brave enough, then Smugglers Adventure in Hastings offers a great day out! Here you’ll get to step back through time in St Clement’s Caves, exploring mysterious tunnels and caverns which unearth deep smuggling secrets.
Just over half an hour away from Camber Sands Holiday Park, these tunnels will take you on a tour through time, and joining you along the way will be over 70 life-sized characters, spooky lighting and sound effects, and spectacular recreations of untold smuggling stories.
Although the tour can be a little eerie at times, there are interactive displays, games, and activities for children to take part in, making it the perfect day out for the whole family.
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The caves were formed during the last Ice Age, in around 14,000 BC. Over the years they have been used as a hospital, an air-raid shelter, and a ballroom, but they are now used as the backdrop for these smuggling stories and recreations from the 17th and 18th century.
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