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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Did not like the £4 car park charge but you got £2 back if you go in the cavern. Short boat ride to small cavern .found dear for what was there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This has to be experienced, a long underground boat journey culminating in a cathedral like cavern, not for the claustrophobic person but you must try it good value at at around a tenner a head.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed this experience. Our tour guide was very witty and informative. It was very cold and obviously damp so I would recommend you wrap up and wear sensible shoes which I didn't and I was very cold. If you are fit and well the 160 steps are not a problem.We took our seven year old and he was fine... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A little pricey, but interesting for my 4 year old as we had to wear hard hat and could go on the boat. Its quite wet and slippery down the steps as was advised. The guide was quite fynnu, but as we were sitting in the back of the boat we could not hear what he was saying until he... More

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Brecon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I was really disappoined with this. It was mostly dark with an occasional light. On arrival at the central cavern,there was little to see. I found the guide (Lucas) immature and silly at times and my granddaughter found him a bit scarry because he was putting the torch in front of his face in the dark. Perhaps he could consider... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were visiting the Peak District for a weekend break and after looknig for something to do whislt there, cam across Speedwell Cavern. There's 106 steps down/up and I would advise sensible footwear and a fleece or jacket, it's cold and wet down there. The whole tour lasts about 60mins, and the majority of time you are sat on the... More

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Speedwell Cavern was an enjoyable experience purely for the boat ride. The tour takes approximately an hour but the boat ride takes up the majority of this. Then at the end of the ride is a not very spectacular cave. The guide was informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Who would have thought to make a tourist attraction of a trip in a boat down an underwater canal. However the cavern at the end is interesting, and the guide Chris (?) made the adventure worthwhile, mixing telling, poignant details about the miners' lives with jolly banter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Today we went on the boat ride in the cavern. Our guides were Andy and Tommy who were brilliant and gave a very upbeat and enthusiastic tour. There's 106 steps down / up and I would advise sensible footwear and a fleece or jacket, it's cold and wet down there. Depending on your experiences whether you think the price is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Not good if you are claustrophobic or have mobility issues. 106 slippery steps down into the cavern, you "board" a small boat that slowly goes through the tunnel with a witty guide. All year round constant temperature of 10c means take a fleece. Also, if you don't wear the hard hat, you WILL bump your head, a lot. Worth doing... More

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