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Speedwell Cavern

Address: Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
Phone Number: +44 1433 623018
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Ranked #8 of 8 things to do in Castleton
Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of...
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Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
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.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Have been here many times over the years and still get nervous being so far underground, we realy enjoy the boat ride especialy the bit in the middle where the boats pass each other but the climb back out is getting too much these days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This place was recommended to us as we where rained off from outdoor activities. This is a great activity for older children & adults. After walking down the 100 or so steps you climb into a boat which takes you along the caves. The caves are very small and only as wide as the boat you are in. I wouldn't... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Not as good as some of the other show caves I've been too in the uk but guide Tom made up for this he was a top bloke and the information he gave was interesting

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Took my 10 year old niece on a wet cold day, it's certainly interesting visiting in a boat albeit somewhat staged and a little stale with the obvious jokes and anecdotes. That said its worth doing when visiting Castleton.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This underground cavern tour by boat is great for all ages and the tour guide was great! However there was about 15mins of waiting in the damp cold whilst waiting for the other boat which was held up by another tour guide which was quite frustrating. This trip is not recommended for people who suffer from claustrophobia.

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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Speedwell Cavern - a mine with a small cavern at the end This was excellent and the patter of our tour guide, Tommy, was very entertaining.  I'd never been down a lead mine before and the only time I've been on a boat underground was at the Seegrotte in Austria (also fascinating).  The only downside to the whole underground experience... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Be ready for lots of narrow, stone steps. Actually worse than that is, in the middle of winter, cold metal handrails. Gloves might be a good idea. The main event is a ride on a boat through a flooded mine tunnel, which is pretty spooky and memorable. It's all rather cramped and claustrophobic, but very atmospheric. You get a sense... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

My 4 year old thought this was a great adventure starting at the shop there's over 100 steps down into the Cavern and then a boat trip. No good for those who can't climb or are claustrophobic! Tommy our Guide was a real star, not only giving interesting information but delivering it in a fun entertaining way. Something different to... More 

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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Very disappointing visit. Although the guide was talking the whole time, they were most of the time jokes we foreigners didn't get at all. But even worse: there was not much to see. We think that everyone who was down this mine and came out has that smile like Paul Newman on his face: 'I ve been scr.wed....' This is... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We were lucky enough to visit in winter so did not have to wait long. The kids loved the boat journey as did we although being 6 foot tall I did clip my head on the tunnel. The steps down are a little awkward for kids but it is a mine and not a purpose built attraction so wet cramped... More 

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