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Blue John Cavern

Address: Mam Tor, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
Phone Number: +44 1433 620638
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Ranked #6 of 8 Attractions in Castleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Shops, Nature & Parks, Shopping & Fashion
Owner description: This unique stone is mined and transformed here.
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Shops, Nature & Parks, Shopping & Fashion
Owner description: This unique stone is mined and transformed here.

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Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The tour guides give a real flavour of the lives and working conditions of the Castleton Lead miners as well as giving a good overview of the geological history; of the mines and the surrounding area. Our children (7 & 9) thoroughly enjoyed the tour and actually learned a thing or 2. Located in a lovely part of England, you... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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177 reviews 177 reviews
166 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Located near Castleton -A625 Derbyshire A very interesting mine - yes - a mine. Stairs -so not wheelchair friendly A rare mineral (Blue John Stone) was dug from the rock in the mine, the rock was then turned into dishes,vases. The stone is blue in places, clear or a white. It has a very pretty appearance. The tour takes you... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

There are many caverns to visit within a few miles (at least 5) and we consider ourselves lucky to end up at this one. We had a tour guide called Ben who was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate. He explained that the caverns were being actively mined and he was part of the team which gave him extremely rare knowledge and... More 

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Newcastle
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We arrived at Blue John's at opening time on a Sunday morning and there were 5 of us in the first tour. This was a plus side, it meant the guided whom I believe was called Jamie could give us more time and we could freely look around the smaller rooms with ease which was a bonus! Naturally seen as... More 

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New York, NY
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96 reviews 96 reviews
8 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

What is most attractive about this place is how little they go out of their way to dress it up for tourists. It's not the most impressive cave system I've ever seen, but it is one of the most unadorned, and the guide was straightforward and knowledgeable. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but just worth it IMHO. They spend... More 

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Midlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Good to visit on a rainy day. Very knowledgeable guide. Lots of steps to get down to deepest cavern. Seems quite pricey for the duration of the visit.

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Farnsfield, England, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This place is hilarious! You know that League of Gentlemen sketch where he does the cave tour guide? Well that was our man today! Mark Gatiss must have met this guy for inspiration for Stumphole Cavern! Full of torrential impatience, misguided tales, terrible answers to questions, a patronising manner and vague threats, this guy was a diamond! The sign saying... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Took a 15 year old and a 10 year old along. Lots of steps down and up again, but everyone managed fine. A bit slippy in places, but the place is kitted out with handrails etc. No hard hats provided but apart from a small section, not needed. They can be such a hassle to keep on when trying to... More 

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Yeovil
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80 reviews 80 reviews
37 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Visited this Cavern on a cold, misty day. A tour would be available after a short time and the assistant kindly pointed out that there were 245 steps down (and back up later), in case our elderly legs might complain. In fact it was an excellent tour with the guide giving detailed explanations and happy to answer questions. The tour... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We decided to revisit the Caverns with our two boys aged 10 and 7, my wife and had visited them years ago both as children and as adults. We were on the 12 o'clock tour and we all had a great time, made even better by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide CHRIS, he was happy to answer everybody's questions,... More 

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