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Speedwell Cavern

Winnat's Pass | Castleton, S33 8WA, England
+44 1433 623018
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Ranked #15 of 19 attractions in Hope Valley
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of Castleton. You go down 106 steps and board a boat that... more » Owner description: Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of Castleton. You go down 106 steps and board a boat that takes you through the workings of a 230 year old lead mine. Your guide recounts what it must have been like to carve out these tunnels using only the most primitive hand-tools, and tells you the story of the mine which opens into a huge natural chamber, the Bottomless-Pit Cavern. Speedwell Cavern is open daily throughout the year (except Christmas Day). Tours leave at regular intervals through the day, and last for between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Like most caves in the area it is not suitable if you suffer from Claustrophobia. There is a discounted Joint Ticket available with the nearby Peak Cavern. There is a gift shop on site selling a wide range of souvenirs, minerals, rock and fossils together with jewellery set with the local Blue John Stone. There is a pay & display car park on site (currently £4.00. Cavern visitors get a £2 refund voucher redeemable off ticket purchases). Tickets are transferable with Peak Cavern's car park for those on a Joint Ticket. There is more information on the Cavern's web site. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Andy, our tourguide, was amazing!!! His knowledge and enthusiasm was brilliant and the dry sense of humour made the experience. The cavern itself was a bit lacklustre but Andy was worth the ticket price in himself! A treasure to the company :)

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Blyth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A hard hat, a walk down about 160 steps then into a small boat in an extremely narrow & low tunnel and off you go ... Our guide was a young guy named Harry who was well versed in the history of the Cavern and it is another "Must Do" if you are in the area ... Cheaper Tickets if... More

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Cornwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was amazing a boat ride in a underground cavern was made perfect by the guide Conner he was very knowledgeable and was very funny with the stories he came out with would recommend a visit

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Great place to go with the family or friends. Good day out. This place has got everything action, great stories and a deep history.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Amazing place, incredible history. You will be amazed by this place and its history, and it really is a slice of history that lives on.

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We have been done many caves but never a lead mine. Amazing history in such a hard working environment. It was good for the kids to see how hard children had to work and in such a cold conditions. We had Peter as our tour guide and he made it fun with lots of jokes and a good knowledge of... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This attraction is not worth the money. It is interesting as a mine but no attempt was made to bring it "alive" for the visitor. Our tour guide, Lucas, tried telling stories but these were designed to be more theatrical. His jokes too were predictable and fell on deaf ears. No attempt was made to put this cave in historical... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

There were 6 in our party.The 21 person boat was full for the tour.There are a lot of steps but for us they were managable.The boat ride travels for approx 0.5m along the mine tunnel.As advertised if you are claustrophobic it is best not to take the trip.There is a lot of the same until you get to the cave.Our... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is worth a trip on the family ticket, as a very unique experience, 150meters under ground sailing through an old (200yr old?) lead mine tunnel, however not for the claustrophobic and tbh the actual cavern (mid point) is no where near as spectacular as marketing pictures would suggest. That aside a unique and worthy trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Not very exciting but when you stopped to think about the conditions the miners worked in, it made the visit more meaningful

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