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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, Shopping
Owner description: This unique stone is mined and transformed here.
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Shops, Shopping
Owner description: This unique stone is mined and transformed here.

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New York, NY
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96 reviews 96 reviews
8 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This cavern was really interesting. Lots of steps to negotiate both ways, but the guide doesnt rush you and stops along the way for all to catch up. Not too many low or narrow sections. The interesting thing is that the cavern is still being mined as it's the only source off Blue John in the UK.

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West Midlands, UK
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Overall I was disappointed here possibly due to a false expectation from the rather misleading web-site background picture it depicts large stalagmites and stalactites with lovely coloured backround lighting. Admittedly on some pages, if you scroll down there is a small print warning about this which I hadn't seen as it is not the main introductory Home Page. Having said... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Although I hesitated in visiting these fascinating mines due to the fact of the 245 steps down and up again I did not regret it as the whole experience was certainly worth the effort!. We had a very informative guide who gave us lots of breaks to get our breath back during our climb back up again. The stone itself... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Random visit to cave but me and my partner both really enjoyed it. Found it so interesting and beautiful not something you do every day. Wasn't going to do it as though 10 pound for a cave each was expensive but once going in it was worth it. Wasn't busy one 1 other couple on our tour which was good.... More 

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