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Speedwell Cavern

Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
+44 1433 623018
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Great tour for a rainy day

We enjoyed a tour at speedwell. Our guide Mantis was clear and entertaining. Would recommend this... read more

Reviewed yesterday
fromagegirl
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Very disappointing

Underwhelmed by the boat journey accompanied by a fairly pedestrian explanation of lead mining in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ShropshireladScotty
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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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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 Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed a tour at speedwell. Our guide Mantis was clear and entertaining. Would recommend this tour if your near the area.

Thank fromagegirl
Reviewed 2 days ago

Underwhelmed by the boat journey accompanied by a fairly pedestrian explanation of lead mining in the past. Just one small cavern at the end to see. Boat had seen better days and required passengers to step on the seats that others were then required to...More

Thank ShropshireladScotty
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fab visit, not for persons with disabilities or anyone who isn't reasonably fit. The 106 steps down and back up could be difficult still the boat ride was amazing even though it broke down. Ollie and Jacob kept us entertained and moving along. Would recommend...More

1  Thank Cara P
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a small wait but chatted with people in the queue. This is not a "bling" cave like others so you are not going to be awestruck by what you see. What you do get is a sense of experience of what life would...More

Thank Colin E
Reviewed 4 days ago

Thanks Olly and Jacob for the guided tour! We visited with family (four of us plus my 17-month-old daughter). Although the trip isn't suited for children so young, and many find it a scary experience, she was fine throughout our time below ground (which was...More

Thank chiefbrody2001
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took this tour with my 14 year old son. We only waited about 15 minutes before donning our hard-hats and descending the 100+ steps to the boat. It's a unique way to get a some history of mining, the region and workers rights. I...More

Thank jennCanuck416
Reviewed 1 week ago

Haven't been in 10 years so forgot a lot. Took a old school friend with me who doesn't see much outside London so I thought I'd show her some of the 'natural' wonders of Derbyshire! We were in the queue perhaps a little longer than...More

Thank Heather O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Other than the excellent commentary and insightful overview of the former lead mine by our 'guide and skipper' Ben (keep working on the humour though fella; long way to go yet), this was 1 and half hours that I will never get back! After queuing...More

Thank bazjonster
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in September 2017. Sounds an exciting trip underground by boat. But in reality was a little dull. The passage is very narrow so the boat could do with rubber buffers on the sides so the bumps against the cavern walls are not so severe....More

1  Thank Carolyn W
Reviewed 1 week ago

A trip that depends on a good guide. You have to walk down 106 steps then there's a boat trip along a very narrow tunnel and a short stay in a cave that was part of a mine. It's the history that's fascinating and the...More

Thank wendy s s
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Dean D
August 3, 2017|
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Response from Sophie O | Reviewed this property |
around 45 minutes to an hour. definitely recommend booking as we queued for almost 4 hours.
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Aileen H
May 21, 2017|
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Response from pixydust2010 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I didn't see any dogs travelling down on this experience. I wouldn't think they are allowed.
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adf926
May 21, 2017|
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Response from pixydust2010 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not However would suggest one of the other caves close by where there is part disabled access and unsure if there is a reduce cost for someone to only go part way.
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