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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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Great boat ride

The cavern itself is not as exciting as the boat ride. The guides bring it to life but there wasn't much to say about the cavern itself. Book in advance as it can be a cold and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The cavern itself is not as exciting as the boat ride. The guides bring it to life but there wasn't much to say about the cavern itself. Book in advance as it can be a cold and wet queue, people prebooked obviously get priority and there are only so many seats on each boat... They do go every 20 mins.

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england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

i always try to be positive about my reviews as i know how it can affect the people concerned, but this attraction just didn't cut the mustard for me .the venue is a "boat" ride through a 2 mtr tunnel which is about 500mtrs long in the Sandstone hills of the Peak district,ending up in a cavern and waiting for... More 

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Terlingua, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The tunnel lights failed about the time we set off in the boat (never came on again) so the only light was from the tour guides lamp similar to the old fashion bicycle lamp! Very claustrophobic going down to the boat, very little to see really. Felt it should be advertised as A Disused Lead Mine trip. Definitely quite unenjoyable... More 

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ealing,london
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Haven't been for years and years and was thinking about revisiting with husband. It sounds totally different to when I went. No parking charges. No large groups, only half a dozen allowed on the boat and a guide pushed the boat along by lying on his back using his legs along the cavern ceiling. I still have my Blue John... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Not sure what to expect when booking this but went on a full 10.30am trip with a charismatic tour guide. Boat trip was good fun and basically the highlight. Waiting around in the cavern at the end to catch a boat back not so enjoyable however worth doing as a tourist and steps not that bad!

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wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The steps were ok not difficult, the guide Chris (I think) was great fabulous sense of humour and very informative. It was £34 thought it was OK for the money as it's something I'll never do again, the loos were a bit grimm but that's customers not the attraction to blame for that. The kids enjoyed it so did we... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I visited Speedwell Cavern on Saturday 25th July and had a lovely time. There is a car park across the road which is £4 for four hours, but on entry into the cavern they give you a £2 refund which I thought was brilliant, you just hand them the half of your ticket with 'refund' written on... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Let's start positive: the tour guide, Simon, his humor in his commentary was the only thing that kept me awake. (really good; Simon start your own show in a local pub! You would please more people. ) The boat ride through the tunnel promised more in the folder than in reality experienced. Nothing to see, complete waste of money (34... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Waited about 30 minutes, very confusing as to what to do and where to pay. People in line were saving spaces for friends, as there is only 21 a boat it makes it unfair to people who stand and wait properly. A more organised way needs to be sorted juicy as giving numbers to the queue from 1 to 21... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The tour is essentially of a huge long tunnel in a boat with little clearance. If you are clostraphobic do not go on this tour. The tour was made worse by a guide who thought his poor jokes more important than local facts and history.

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Address: Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
Phone Number: +44 1433 623018
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Peak District National Park  >  Hope Valley  >  Castleton

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