We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Speedwell Cavern

Address: Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
Phone Number: +44 1433 623018
Website
Improve this listing
57%
Ranked #8 of 8 Attractions in Castleton
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Owner description: Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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.

Hotels near Speedwell Cavern

Write a Review

303 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    57
    115
    57
    40
    34
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Derby, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
1 review
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Selby, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Must go with joint ticket to Peak Cavern. knowledgeable guides and trip at a good pace. Bit rocky getting in and out the boat!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I had no idea what to expect and I don't think any description could prepare you for what lies ahead. Our diminutive guide, Tommy, was confident and entertaining, important when you can't help feeling a little nervous at the *very* cramped conditions. It is unique because it was a very old lead mine which broke through in to a natural... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Odiham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
26 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

What to do with a 6, 13 & 15 year old that they will all enjoy. This really worked for us, the unknown of what was behind the door, the steps, the ducking in the tunnel and most of all the stories. Each on there own would probably not be much but the combo gave us a fun and memorable... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This was an amazing " experience" We have been in many caves, but this was just that bit different you could just imagine what it was like to have worked down there. Our guide was " Harry "who made the trip enjoyable. Lots of steps but well worth it. We definitely think you should visit this cavern.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

I loved it. The tour guides make it really funny and I learnt a lot. Andy was our tour guide and he made it really enjoyable, we laughed a lot :). Lots of information about the lives of miners and it was all very well organised.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Preston, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Had to queue a while but once we had descended 107 slippery steps an got on the boat the visit was really enjoyable. You sail with your guide and 20 others through dimly lit waterways following the route the lead miners took to a huge cavern where you get out for approximately 10 minutes. The guide was witty and informative.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Speedwell Cavern also viewed

Castleton, Hope Valley
Castleton, Hope Valley
 

Been to Speedwell Cavern? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Speedwell Cavern staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?