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“Mine all mine!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern
Castleton | Hope Valley, Derby S33 8WP, England
44 1433 620571
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Ranked #7 of 19 Attractions in Derby
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Owner description: Started as a Blue John mine over 300 years ago, Treak Cliff Cavern continues to mine, process and manufacture ornamental items and jewellery from Blue John Stone today. On the 40 minute guided tour visitors can see the most abundant veins of Blue John Stone in the world and some of the 'finest stalactites' in the Peak District.
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“Mine all mine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We missed the last tour and talked to the owner who was cashing up and she very kindly arranged a tour just for us. My husband had been interested in Blue John stone since he was at school 50 years ago and he wasn't disappointed in the mine which was well worth the wait. The mine and caves were enthralling, the guide was a mine of information and made the trip very interesting indeed. The tourist information told us this was the best cave to visit in the area and are so pleased we managed to see this rare mineral in this cave.

Visited February 2013
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“Great visit, great staff, worth doing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We went on 24th Feb and it was well worth it. We actually thought we were at a different set of caves and caverns (around the corner) but so pleased we decided to stay and visit Treak Cliff. The staff were really helpful (my sister got claustrophobia and came out but a different member of staff offered to do a 1 on 1 tour if it helped and helped her join back up with us), the guide extremely knowledgeable passing on lots of great information as well as little anecdotes on the way making it more personable and the caverns themselves were amazing!

Great trip, would recommend.

Visited February 2013
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“Enjoyable visit, beautiful caverns and stones!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Wintery conditions meant we were the only ones on the tour. I am glad they let us have the tour, as I thought they were closed or closing due to the snow. We had a nice tour with John, and he showed us around the different cave rooms with very beautiful "blue john stone" and rock formations. I LOVED the gift shop. I love rocks and fossils, and there are so many in this shop.

Visited January 2013
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“Very enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We were taken round as a party of 4 only as it was on a day with thick snow. Despite this our guide John was enthusiasic and happy to show us the caves and tell us all about the mining work that is being undertaken and the Blue John still in the cave and how it is thought to have formed. We all really enjoyed the tour which was not rushed at all, plenty of photo opportunities and lots to see. A lot of steps to entrance and inside, not a problem for us but need to be born in mind.

Visited January 2013
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“Christmas carols at the cavern”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We went as a family with grandparents to sing at the family christmas carol service that they have within the caves. It was snowing and quite hard to walk up the slope to the visitor entre where you then had a warm drink of either hot chocolate or the mulled wine. We then lined up and walked down into the caves which, although advertised to warn you of the steepness, were more steep than i had predicted and caused my grandparents some difficulties in places trying to keep up with the group. We then went into a large cave where all the group sang together around six carols from song sheets and then Santa came to hand the children little gifts - it was a lovely atmosphere and for that part i would rate it 10/10. We were then shown around the caves with a tour guide explaining each of the stallegtites and mites (excuse the spelling!), and then we walked back down the slope after having a litle look in the gift shop (lots of good pocket money value things for the children to buy which is rareity these days it would seem - nice to see plenty for under £5 on show and the shopkeepers happy to watch children pick up a few items when choosing instead of being over cautious about them breaking them - was very child friendly). Overall i felt the steepness needed to be explained a little more and also a warning about the fact you would be expected to keep at a pace with the group rather than take your time to get into the caves - the guide explained to my parents that they could take thir time but with a large group of people all waiting for you, it was a little intimidating so we felt a little rushed through at times....but come next year i will be buying tickets again as it was sooooo nice to have a traditional carol singing event with all the family in such an unsual setting! You should try it!

Visited December 2012
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