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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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Interesting but limited inspiration

Got to Castleton early afternoon on the first day of the holiday and decided on Speedwell of the 4 caverns. An interesting trip underground although the content of the cavern... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Got to Castleton early afternoon on the first day of the holiday and decided on Speedwell of the 4 caverns. An interesting trip underground although the content of the cavern was somewhat limited. The guide was great and kept the attention well.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Upon arrival I thought £10.50 was quite reasonable for a bit of entertainment. Turns out I was wrong. The mines seem pretty extensive, but the tour only covers one shaft and one cave. Pretty uninspiring stuff. Kids may enjoy it a little more, but for mine it just seemed like a lot of time sitting in a boat waiting for... More 

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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the Speedwell Cavern in Castleton, Derbyshire recently and found it very disappointing, we had queued for over an hour as the trip underground involves a long cramped boat ride with limited capacity. At the end of the boat ride we expected to be starting a walk through a cave system but no, we were off loaded into a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Probably not one for the feint hearted or claustrophobic! Steep steps down to a flooded mine tunnel, then a boat trip along the tunnel to the cavern at the end, a real experience, and hard hats are a must!

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Bulkington, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the cavern with friends. We didn't have to wait long before donning our hard hats! There were about 10 of us on our tour. We went down some steps-quite steep and low ceilings but there were barriers both sides and we weren't made to feel hurried. At the bottom we got into a small boat before heading into... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

If you can't climb 150 stairs don't go there, the entrance is down a 45 degree staircase of approx 150 steps, this brings you to the quay side where you embark a boat for a journey through the old mine workings, eventually arriving at the bottomless pool, in a massive cavern, at this point you dis embark and the guide... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The guide made this trip worthwhile. It's also an interesting insight into what 18th century mining was like. But the cave itself isn't that impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

we visited today on spur of the moment the tour was very informative and took about 40 mins. Adult tickets are £10 I do think it is a bit pricey for what you get but the guide was good

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Atmospheric and a little claustrophobic trip. Funny and informative guide. Boat trip thru flooded lead mine - well worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We went here mainly for something to do with the kids in our extended family. The boat ride was interesting although you need to be careful if you are tall (I am 5.8" an bumped my head a few times). However there were only a few pinpoints which were pointed out to us and although our guide Ben interacted with... More 

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