Cave Escape: Carfax

By | March 20, 2019

by Cave Escape (website)

63 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FN

Nottingham

2-5 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Deaf friendly - contact the venue for details
Your eyes begin to focus through the dull light. The croak and groan of the Russian cargo ship, The Demeter, makes you feel uneasy. You sense that a terrible event has occurred - the crew are missing, presumed dead. Only the body of the Captain is later recovered, found horrifically bound to the helm of the vessel.
You have been called upon by Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the noted Dutch Metaphysician and his former student, Dr. John Seward who's patient, the aristocrat - Lucy Westenra, is presenting a series of bizarre symptoms. She seems to be drawn under the power of an unknown force which yolks her strength, day by day. What is causing her decline and could it be in some way connected to the eery appearance of the deserted ship upon Whitby's shore? Only you can find the truth!
show full description
Thank you for helping keep Escape the Review up to date!
Let us know what needs changing:




If you own or manage this company, you can also claim the listing and update it yourself

Overall rating

Rated between 4 and 4.5 out of 5

based on ratings from 62 users
combined with 8 pro reviews

Your review

Player reviews

spbc expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 24 Nov 2018 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulstory-drivengreat hosting
Spanishfleas experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 13 Nov 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-driven

Great addition to Nottingham. It didn’t do anything particular different or clever. That being said it flowed nicely and felt immersed in the story. Worth a play. 

Mrs G expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 3 Time taken: 36.28 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivequite easy

Having not heard much about Carfax we played it back to back with monuments and in my opinion it is just as good! Fully immersed from start to finish. If you are heading to Cave Escape to play monuments I would definitely recommend Carfax too! 

Jess_keds expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 1 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 41:39 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulcleverintricate👻scary

Wow, just wow! After over 70 rooms, carfax is officially top of my list. Clearly made with love and wit, and great attention detail. I personally love a room which requires ‘out of the box’ thinking, which this rooms definitely caters to. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say this room re-filled my cup, and restored my faith that rooms will continue to surprise me. Well done cave escapes and a huge thank you to Chris who was an excellent host. Very few rooms have ever earned 5 stars from me, but this room is highly deserving. Can’t wait to see what comes next. Good luck! 

matt_keds expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 1 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 41:39 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivestory-driven

#69

Our new favourite room! So much fun, and some unexpected twists and turns. The whole thing feels like a movie set, and a creepy ending really finishes it off with a bang. Very well utilised space, each part is incredibly well themed. Best room in Nottingham IMO.

Jemileh experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
abooth expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 22 May 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 37 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivestory-driven

Amazing. The spaces are just used so beautifully. It's like being in a film. Host was absolutely brilliant as well and a great laugh.

Pagan Hollis experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 19 Feb 2020 Team size: 4 Time taken: 49:16 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalfamily friendly
Anna Baillie experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivengreat hosting

Great fun from start to finish.

Good flow and signposting.

I wouldnt say this room is scary at all, just a little eerie.

Lovely GM, very welcoming and friendly.

Showing most recent only - see all ratings & reviews

Reviews by escape room review sites

There are lots of ways to build atmosphere in an escape room, with lighting, audio, props and effects; but some venues just start off with an unfair advantage - such as Cave Escape, whose games are indeed inside an actual set of caves beneath Nottingham. From their attractively gothic lobby, players descend stairs to the game area underground; they currently have two, of which the first is Carfax, inspired by Bram Stoker’s original Dracula novel.

With such a gloriously atmospheric location read...

A true rival for Curio in Nottingham, Cave Escape is a fantastic game that takes you on a journey through the underground world of Nottingham.
Carfax is a great room and it excelled in room design. Surrounded by the natural stone walls of the cave, the rest of the set was used to enhance this already impressive setting
Gothic, spooky theme and adventure fans will love this room especially - but it is not a scary room. The dim environment - especially near the end - is atmospheric but more creepy than terrifying! Definitely suitable for older children and teens. The effort gone to in both rooms at this venue by the team is top-notch. Highly recommended.
This game’s unique selling point is that it’s set in a cave – but that’s not why it’s a fantastic game. Carfax has a wonderfully immersive and minimalist set that beautifully unveils the games story. A brilliant game.

A unique setting in the caves of Nottingham backed up by a well formed story full of adventure

Lists

This game is part of the following user-created game lists:
  • Best UK escape rooms 2022 by Escape the Review virtuoso
    These are the 100 highest rated escape rooms in the UK, as of 31st Dec 2022, based on combined ratings from enthusiasts, bloggers and experts - every game here comes highly recommended. 
  • Best UK escape rooms 2021 by Escape the Review virtuoso

    These are the 100 highest rated escape rooms (out of 1600) in the UK, as of 31st Dec 2021, based on combined ratings from enthusiasts, bloggers and experts - every game here comes highly recommended. 

  • Best UK escape rooms 2023 by Escape the Review virtuoso
    These are the 100 highest rated escape rooms in the UK, as of 31st Dec 2023, based on combined ratings from enthusiasts, bloggers and experts - every game here comes highly recommended. 

See also