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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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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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Overpriced and hasn't really moved on or updated since the 1970's

Took my son to Speedwell for the first time since I went as a child in the 1970's. Staggered at the price, and to be honest in terms of things to see there is very little down... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Neil H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took my son to Speedwell for the first time since I went as a child in the 1970's. Staggered at the price, and to be honest in terms of things to see there is very little down there as compared to the other nearby show caves. Yes floating down a partially flooded mine adit is fun, but that's about it.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been meaning to have a look every time I'm in Castleton. This time I did and took my 4 year old on. He loved it, we both did! There are a lot of steps to walk down to get to the boat, so don't go if you've a dodgy leg. It is small and get very tight. It takes... More 

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Milton Keynes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in Derby and googled what we could do.. We were not disappointed we had a really fun time learning about the miners who worked in the cavern a long time ago. Out your tour guide Luke was very fun and entertaining. All the staff at the shop were pleasant and helpful would highly recommend this tour especially if... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my husband in September not really knowing what to expect. There is something fun and intriguing about climbing down so many steps into the unknown. You're sat in a boat and then the guide takes you along the mining tunnel to the little cavern at the end. Some people are giving this trip bad reviews but for the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can understand some of the negative feedback but for the unique experience and history lesson from the guide I thought it was worth a visit. If I go back to Castleton with the grandchildren I would take them here just so they could experience something different.

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Thank Darren H
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

only me and my oldest son visited this as we have a disabled son who understandably couldn't visit the cavern. really friendly staff. to many stairs after christmas overeating :). was really nice tho and my son loved it.

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Thank sarabr63
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Well worth a look if your clostraphobic not recommended as the tunnel you take in the boat is low and i had to stoop down a bit but a very interesting tour with thd caves at the end

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Thank Glenn J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

I went to speed well cavern, and it was well worth the money and travel. I would go again, mainly for the tour but also the sightings on way to Castleton. The place is so pleasant, great for a family visit.

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Belper, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

a unique attraction, travelling by boat under a mountain. BUT loads of steps and NO stalagtites etc...this is an old mine I've been a few times and it never fails to satisfy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Very good experience while moving underground on the boat. Nice guide with many interesting stories!

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