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Address: Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
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+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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Must-see if visiting Castleton

I've been visiting Castleton for years, but only recently visited Speedwell Cavern and it was a great experience. Our tour guide was called Luke and was very knowledgeable. You... read more

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I've been visiting Castleton for years, but only recently visited Speedwell Cavern and it was a great experience. Our tour guide was called Luke and was very knowledgeable. You start by putting on your hard-hat and walking down 100+ steep stairs to your boat. It's a very dark, dingy and slippy tour, as you would expect, but if you go... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent activity to do and very enjoyable. There are about 50 odd steps going down into the cavern where you then get on a small boat with your guide. You are then taken along a long underground water passage until you enter a large cavern that is lit up with coloured lights. The guides gives good facts and figures and... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here whilst in Castleton for the day. The caves are a nice 10 minute walk from the centre of Castleton but there is also a car park over the road. The visit takes about an hour and is good fun and informative, the only thing is that at 10 each its very expensive.

Thank Puppet_mongoose
Waddinxveen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had Ben as a guide and he's a good storyteller. Really informative and a pretty dry sense of humor. The cave itself is not quite spectacular. It's an old ledmine. They will tell you about the circumstances the miners would work and how they would do it.

Thank mirjam252017
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting tour and the boat aspect makes it all the more exciting! Would recommend getting the duel Speedwell and Peak cavern ticket as both great tours but completely different!

Thank Louise U
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great afternoon spent 200 metres underground. Very friendly guides with good storytelling skills and great sense of humour (very dry). Overpriced but the guides do a good job at making it fun and interesting. Before going down to the boat it clearly states that there are steps and yes it is cold and you are in a tight space (you're... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I chose this one because I thought the boat trip could be funner than walking. How wrong. It is literally just a boat ride through a cold tunnel, to a cavern. The cavern is interesting with the old ropes, and a presentation of where the caverns go, but the bottomless pit is just a lit up pond and then once... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went midweek in may and there was only three of us on the tour.on of the less spectacular caverns in this area but nonetheless interesting. wouldn't fancy it with a full boat and a tad expensive for what it was.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a tour on the boat down in Speedwell Cavern, it was awesome! Not recommended if you have trouble on stairs or if you are claustrophobic, but other than that it was a unique experience. I wish I could remember our tour guide's name, but he was very funny and informational.

Thank Jesse K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great guide...be mindful if you are a bit claustraphobic. Good to remind us how people used to live and work all those years ago

Thank Andrew R

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