While many of our country's finest landmarks are above, well, land, there is a whole world to be discovered beneath the surface of the UK & Ireland. Some of our quirkiest, most off-beat and (dare we say it) secret experiences happen beneath where the crowds of tourists roam, and offer everything from fine wines to history and hauntings. So while we do love to do a loop of the London Eye and have a Selfridges shopping spree, our underground experiences are sure to give you a more unusual, but equally exciting, taste of the UK.
Private Underground Wine Cellar Tour and Tasting
Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant has traded in the same shop since 1698, and holds two Royal Warrants - for H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales (impressive!). In 1967 the company's cellar became the first independent wine merchant to incorporate temperature-controlled technology, and there is still a strong emphasis on embracing the modern age, while keeping traditional values alive. With an expert wine advisor, explore the historic cellars and learn about their fascinating past - from wines served on the Titanic, to sheltering Napoleon III, a visit is full of colour, quality and character.
Visit the Caves in Wales
Visit the underground caves of King Arthur's Labyrinth, deep below the mountains of southern Snowdonia. You will get swept by private boat through the magical veil of an underground waterfall, entering into a world of myths and legends. Discover the stories of King Arthur and the tales of the ancient dragons as you are led through a mystical world of fire and fable with a knowledgeable guide.
Edinburgh ‘City of the Dead’ Tour
Bravely venture beneath the streets of Edinburgh to discover the city's darker side (literally) on a goosebump-inducing ghost tour. The legendary South Bridge Vaults (also known as Edinburgh's 'Underground City') were a hotspot for the homeless and criminal activities during the 18th century, and according to rumour, body snatchers used to store corpses there overnight. Paranormal experts say South Bridge is one of the most haunted places in the UK, due to the sheer number of disturbances recorded there, which include voices and apparitions. A perfect example of Edinburgh's weird and wonderful history - venture down to the vaults, if you dare…
An Archaeological Experience in Bath
Scratch beneath the surface of historic Bath with an archaeological experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Venture out onto the rolling hills that surround the city and walk through miles of ancient woodlands and secluded valleys, where rustling leaves and babbling spring waters replace the urban drone. Along the way, discover an Iron Age camp, ruined Victorian gardens, roman and medieval mine workings, standing stones, the Kennet and Avon Canal as well as bombed out pubs. The walk's elevated position offers new perspectives of Bath, so enjoy the spectacular views on offer while learning about the area's fascinating history.
Forgaging in Ireland
Dig beneath the undergrowth and forage for delicious seasonal ingredients off the coast of Ireland in County Clare. Go on a 'wild food walk' on land and by the shore to identify a vast variety of edible plants, such as watercress, pignuts, samphire, seaweed and ramsons. This is a great way to engage with nature and spend time in the great outdoors, while learning about the nutritional value and delicious taste of the food you have foraged. Finish off with a delicious lunch to enjoy the fruits of your labour, overlooking the beautiful North Atlantic Ocean.
Explore the Labyrinth Below Euston Station
Explore a century's worth of history beneath London's Euston Station. A maze of dark and dusty passageways lie beneath the bustling city streets, which were once used by the travelling public. When it opened in 1837, Euston was the first inter-city railway station in London, and remains the country's fifth busiest station, taking thousands of people all over the country (as far as Scotland!) every year. Learn about the station's humble beginnings, to its exciting future as the London terminus for the brand-new high speed line up to the Midlands, and see a gallery of preserved vintage posters which have been hidden for over 50 years.