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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 Attractions 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
65 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Speedwell Cavern is different to most underground caves in that you travel by boat. It is great fun and well worth a visit. The roof is low but you wear a hard hat, so if you bang your head, it won't matter too much.

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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

There are an awful number of reviews, I note, in which people complain about the darkness, the dankness, the crampness, and the expensiveness of Speedwell Cavern; and I say to you, with the exception of the latter, what did you expect; for you have entered a cave! and by their very nature, caves are dark, damp and cramped. Imagine, for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Whilst visiting Peak Cavern. The guide had asked us if we had visited speedwell before coming here. That was next on our list. We had done some research before heading into Speedwell and we knew the cavern went under the mountain and you were transported on a boat. The queue outdoors was very long as around 15 people can go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

When I heard this was a boat trip I thought it must be an underground lake like caves I have been in abroad. But no! Won't spoil what it is for you. Just go. Great guide called Andy made it fun. Good day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Very good all round, worth a visit. The escort was well informed. All aspects were spot on. Everyone should experience this trip underground.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

What an interesting visit,made very special by the tour guide Andy who was brilliant at his job,knowledgeable and funny. Myself and my partner where the only ones on the boat so it was extra special,a brilliant little trip.Thanks Andy

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

We were a party of four and we paid around £60 for joint tickets (for this and the devils a*se). Buying them separately would have cost in the region of £80ish if I remember correctly. The 'tour' starts with a descent down a narrow stairway- make sure you've got your hard hat on because the arched ceiling is really low.... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The cavern was flooded the day before, but we decided to try it the next day. Fortunately it was open and we were able to get the full tour, which was well worth it. Our tour guide, Tommy, was excellent. He was both informed and funny. Amazing evidence of the old mine works and a step into a beautiful cavern... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

Informative, funny and interesting. The guide (Josh) was excellent and knowledgable. A very enjoyable afternoon out. It was unique being 200m below ground in an old lead mine on a boat travelling through the mine workings!

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Selby, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Steep steps down to the boat, wear sensible shoes. Hard hat provided. Guides very careful of your safety. Zip your keys/wallet etc. into your pocket if they fall overboard they've gone...happens apparently!! Steep steps back up again.. I am unfit. Whew. Nice people guides and shop people, hot drinks available in shop which has a nice selection of Blue John... More 

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