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Address: Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
Phone Number: +44 1433 623018
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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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Very interesting day out

A really interesting experience. I'd previously visited Blue John but we decided to stop here instead. We thoroughly enjoyed it. You can park opposite the cavern entrance or in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Barton-upon-Humber, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A really interesting experience. I'd previously visited Blue John but we decided to stop here instead. We thoroughly enjoyed it. You can park opposite the cavern entrance or in the town if you fancy a slightly longer walk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The story behind the cavern is interesting but I didn't enjoy the boat ride. The person who guide the tour (Chris) very entertaining. But the tour it self bit boring and nothing more than floating on a boat in the dark and not worth for what you're paying.

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Thank Sameera G
Ilford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely guide and a great tour in the boat. I was a bit scared to go on the goat but it's very safe and you're well looked after during the whole tour.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the least favourite cavern I visited. That's not to say it wasn't good because it was. The guide Simon was very knowledgeable and very funny. The trip down to the cavern starts with a queue outside because there is only room for twenty one people in the boat the staff were all very nice and kept you informed... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this cavern while in the area doing a lot of walking, so it provided a welcome change of scenery. I have not seen the other three caverns in the immediate area but this one appealed due to the boat journey. You reach the cavern by some long stairs and board a boat that takes you along the old... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my first experience of a boat underground and I loved it. Our guide was very informative and fun which was just as well as the motor didn't work on the way back so the poor guy had to lay on his back and push us back with his feet. This only made the experience more special. Great fun!

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Ossendrecht, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waited for 1.5hrs to finally get into the cave...the only joy was being let in....then we quickly discovered how cold it was and uneventful. The guide didnt stop talking anout non interesting stuff. Got to the cave of 10m2 which was of no interest of all and then had to wait 20min to sail out because of lack of boats.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a way to pass a couple of hours this cavern is ok, just be warned it is more of a boat trip along a disused mining tunnel than an underground river trip to a spectacular cave.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't visited Castleton for almost 30 years, and today we took the grandchildren. We decided on the Speedwell cavern as it was the one we hadn't previously visited. It's not even a Blue John mine, the cavern is small and extremely uninteresting and we were desperately waiting for the boat to collect us to get out. The boats are... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yesterday I went with my son and his young children to visit Speedwell Cavern. I have been a couple of times previously and thought the children would enjoy the excitement of not only being underground, but also to travel in a boat underground. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially as the engine to the boat was found to be faulty... More 

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