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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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A group of six of us and a dog visited this weekend. We had to wait for around an hour before the trip as the boat could only take 21 people at a time so I would suggest pre... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A group of six of us and a dog visited this weekend. We had to wait for around an hour before the trip as the boat could only take 21 people at a time so I would suggest pre booking tickets. The guide Perry was very good and made the trip very interesting and fun, and the caves were lovely... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Could be very scarey and claustrophobic, but the patter of the guide keeps you interested and happy!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We went to Speedwell Cavern today as it was raining and wanted to keep the kids entertained. Thank goodness I pre booked tickets the night before. They can only take 21 people every 20 mins so the queue was already long enough for an hours wait. Having pre booked a time, we went straight to the front for our slot.... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Not impressed at all £20 for the 2 of us expected to see a wondrous cavern and awesome underground cave, instead you are crammed in a small boat with a waffling guide that you can't hear and taken down some dark tunnels to the end of the line to some dinghy small cavern that can bearly fit 30 people would... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

The boat ride sold this one to us, there is a boat ride- to a cave with nothing to see & a 15 minute wait for the boat to come back! The whole thing is overpriced & underwhelming, the guide was a decent guy & tried valiantly to fill time with time served jokes that he could no doubt recite... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very cold and cramped boat ride. interesting but not fabulous cavern at the end. Could be claustrophobic for some. needed the provided helmets.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Visited here whilst on holiday in the area. We had to wait almost an hour to gain entry into the cavern and to be frank once we were in we wished that we hadn't bothered. We were greeted by a perilous climb down over 100 wet and slippery steps whilst having to stoop most of the way as headroom is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went as a big group with small children. We had a great time! Our tour guide Lucas was very funny! We had one young boy get claustrophobic at the bottom of the steps so they went back. However, his little sister was fine. The boat ride is the main attraction as the cavern is quite small. Well worth the... More 

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

What ever you do, do not go anywhere near the toilets, the stench is absolutely dreadful. The souvenir shop is a total con with sub standard products at high standard prices. None of the staff know how to smile and as for the cavern trip, one word DONT.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Came here with my young kids for a visit Yes it's basically a trip on a boat through some tunnels then you wait in a main cavern for 20 mins then a boat trip back But let's be honest here it's a beautiful place to visit Taking a boat through a tiny tunnel is interesting and fun for the kids... More 

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