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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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Speedwell Cavern

Always wanted to go down Speedwell just the idea of been on a river and underground, I was not disappointed the guide Simon made the trip interesting and humorous (Thanks ) I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

£10.50 an adult for all of about half an hour in the metal boat bumping down a underground river. Main cavern was small and once you'd seen it that was it but had to stand around waiting for a return boat. I certainly won't be found again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Always wanted to go down Speedwell just the idea of been on a river and underground, I was not disappointed the guide Simon made the trip interesting and humorous (Thanks ) I recommend good walking boots/ shoes ( not the dolly shoes I saw someone in on my visit ) a coat as it is cooler down under . Mainly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Of all the caverns in the Peak District, this one is the least spectacular, no stalagmites or stalactites to wonder over but the history of the men and children who dug out the tunnels and the clanking of the boat along the sides as you travel along them gives an atmospheric eeriness - along with the guides attempts at humorous... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This costs around £10 and takes about an hour. Most of the time you are just sat in a boat going along a narrow dark damp tunnel until you reach the cavern. The Cavern itself is actually quite small although obviously deep and you only spend less than 5 minutes in the cavern itself. The guide does tell about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Really fascinating and enjoyable day for all the family with a fab and knowledgeable tour guide. Totally recommend for an interesting day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

we had a great guide and the history on how and why the tunnels were built was really interesting. Do be weary of the hundred steps down to boat and then back up to the exit. The cave at the end was a little disappointing but it is worth the experience nevertheless and it is always something I will remember

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The boat trip along the mine was intriguing if not a little claustrophobic! The guide appeared to be about 14 but was well informed and had a good patter. Arrived at the cave after the boat ride but not a lot to see. Really just paying for a boat ride along a narrow passage underground. If you want impressive caverns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We visited Speedwell with our 5 year old granddaughter. We paid for this and Peak Cavern together, getting a small discount. If you know ahead that you are going to be in the area, there is a 20% discount. Once down the steps (no problems for a 5 year old or her grandma who had a hip replacement last year)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Took my 6 year old for a day out. Had a great time. Didn't need to queue as it was very quiet. The guide who I think was called Simon was greatly entertaining. Well worth a trip. I have already recommended to a few friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A very good tour, guides inject a little humour into the tours. Lots of steps to go down the cavern so just bear that in mind and quite cool down there wouldn't advise shorts and t-shirts. The boys loved the whole tour and were rattling about it all through lunch. Well worth a visit.

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