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Address: Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
Phone Number: +44 1433 623018
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Description: Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high...
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.
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Different, best of the two "Joint" caves.

Pitfalls: 1. Expensive £34 for a family ticket 2. Long waiting time. Over 1 hour. The cave is serviced by two boats seating about 16 people each. Each trip takes about 15 minutes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Pitfalls: 1. Expensive £34 for a family ticket 2. Long waiting time. Over 1 hour. The cave is serviced by two boats seating about 16 people each. Each trip takes about 15 minutes from boat to the far end. You are then deposited at the far end in a cave while the group waiting there gets in your boat and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

this is an interesting cave where u have to travel by boat to get through it.Its fun for adults and children .The guides are very informative.its placed at the bottem of Winnats pass which is a twisting road (like a snake) with mountains either side.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It was pricey but we went for the joint fee with Peak Cavern the day before. 106 steps down (and back) before getting into a small boat. Tom was our guide. He was very knowledgeable and witty. A credit to the Cavern for sure. He made the trip so much more interesting. Not for the claustrophic !! A great experience.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

After queuing for an hour and at a cost of £10.00 each this attraction is not worth the money. The old lead mine has a boat ride but that is the only redeeming feature. With nothing to say the guide rambled on about nothing and generally ran the place down. At the end of the boat ride there was an... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Having visited some of the other caverns we thought we would give this one a go, it was novel to travel by boat along a low narrow waterway made fun by having a great guide poor fellow though was 6ft plus and had to lay on his back almost the entire way. The cavern itself was a little disappointing compared... More 

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I cannot praise this enough. It was interesting and different as we travelled on a small boat really learnt a lot. added to this, the people who worked there are so friendly we even took our 2 dogs on it. Downside is there are 106 steps which are quite steep down to the boat and if you suffer from claustrophobia... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

my first time in a boat in underground caves, but really there's nothing much to see, a flight of steps and a bumpy ride in a dimly lit cave, the guide tried to make jokes and keep things interesting, but really it was dull, there was another couple with us, and they didn't speak or laugh at anything that was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Decided to come here on a day trip, paid £32 for a joint ticket for two adults (£16 each) giving us entry into Speedwell and Peak Caverns and paid £4 for car parking. We were lucky that as we were early there was no queue and we were able to go straight onto the boat tour at Speedwell. The guide... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Having been as a child and with special memories we took our 3 year old on the tour on this wet and windy day. The guide was inexperienced and had limited knowledge of the cave and it's history which was a great shame. It wasn't entirely his fault, but it was a little frustrating. I got the distinct feeling that... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Very disappointed with what can only be described as a bumpy ride along a passage only slightly wider than the boat. The advertising leaflet is misleading as it shows pictures of the bottomless pit which is not seen on the trip. There is just time to get out of the boat and have a quick look around one open cavern.... More 

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