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Address: Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
Phone Number: +44 1433 623018

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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Not my favourite cavern

The boat ride sounds like an interesting prospect and it was this that sold us on visiting Speedwell over the other caverns in the area. Though the guide was interesting, there... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Ossett, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked our tickets the evening before online and I'm glad we did because it was busy when we arrived and we went to the front of the line. The experience itself was interesting and was made great fun by Chris the tour guide. He told us all the facts about the caves and tunnels and interjected with lots of... More 

Thank Wendy F
Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The boat ride sounds like an interesting prospect and it was this that sold us on visiting Speedwell over the other caverns in the area. Though the guide was interesting, there isn't really that much to see- the boat ride itself is entirely enclosed, and at the end of it is just one small chamber which you stand in for... More 

Thank Lenwood207
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are at all claustrophobic do not consider this trip. Your entrance is down 110 steps to access the boat. Then you go on a small boat (holding about 15 people) on about 300m run in a tunnel barely large enough for the boat and your head!! (Helmets are issued to be worn on the boat). At the end... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The visit to the cavern takes approximately 45 mins. The journey is in a boat that's powered by electric so there are no fumes. The guides are local and the banter is witty. The setting is at the bottom of a spectacular gorge called Winnats pass which I'd recommend driving up for the views.

Thank rick l
Knonau, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked down about 104 steps to get into a small boat in a flooded ex-mine. It is not the first time I have visited this cavern, the first being in the 70's, but not much had changed apart from the boats now having a motor. In the 70's the guide lay on his back and walked his feet on... More 

Thank Deborah C
Exeter UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very much enjoyed our tour. Our tour guide was very entertaining. We got a joint ticket with Peak's Cavern and it isn't cheap but what attraction is now! The Cavern at the end of the boat journey is interesting but not the most impressive Cavern going. The enjoyment is the boat journey in the narrow tunnel. Certainly not something I've... More 

Thank Katyed
Birchover, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small boat ride along a tunnel where you have to wear a hard hat so you don't bump your head off the rock above. Very dark and I can't say I enjoyed it. Guide was funny but that's were the enjoyment stopped. Totally overpriced. Much better going to Poole's cavern in Buxton.

Thank RMD2667
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As tours go, this one was excellent. Interesting history of the cavern/mine told with amusing anecdotes and much humour. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Jo B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guides were amazing. Ollie & Jamie, made it fun and exciting. They were full of knowledge and humour, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would definantly reccommend.

Thank Jude R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great experience! Well worth the £11 per person. Around 20 people to one boat and an hour tour each. Hard hats required as some of the tunnels are quite low and definitely not suitable for the claustrophobic! Our tour guide Tommy was informative, enthusiastic and well spoken- couldn't of asked for more. Amazing experience, so glad we went.

Thank Lizi B

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