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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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Fantastic place to visit. Really stunning

Went here today and wow. Its beautiful inside the cavern. The guy leading on us on the boat was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
senorbadger
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South Normanton, United Kingdom
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A great experience!

I wasn't too sure what to expect but it was fabulous! Elliot was our tour guide and he was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Caroline B
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Boscastle, 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 3 days ago via mobile

Went here today and wow. Its beautiful inside the cavern. The guy leading on us on the boat was really good fun and we had a really good time. Only caution to bare in mind was the 100 steps down to the cavern. We earned...More

Thank senorbadger
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I wasn't too sure what to expect but it was fabulous! Elliot was our tour guide and he was hilarious, informative and enthusiastic. The trip was well worth it, travelling by silent boat down tiny tunnels with so much history peppered with eeriness! I'd do...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited the Speedwell Cavern today. Myself and partner. I have wanted to visit this from being a child (not going to lie, it was only to go on the boat underground!!!) 🙈 We stood in the line and waited for our turn, the steps...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An informative outing. The guide Elliot was knowledgeable and interesting. The children enjoyed the boat trip through a narrow passageway. It's always surprising to hear how hard life was for the minors. I would recommend.

Thank Rbecksr
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Speedwell is a disused lead mine which is accessed via 106 steps. Having last visited as children, we decided to have a return visit during a weekend trip to Derbyshire. The guide, Elliot, was very well informed and amusing and it was fun donning a...More

Thank Julie L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great way to go underground and visit old lead workings. A lot of steps down, an interesting journey by boat, with a stop off at the end then return by boat, and finally back up those steps! We had a knowledgeable guide who was...More

1  Thank polonthephone
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A walk down lots of steps to the boat, a ride through old mining tunnels with an entertaining host, deposited in a cavern at the end to wait for the boat back then back up the steps and a look at the shop. I've been...More

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Reviewed January 18, 2018

I am a slightly claustrophobic person so coming down here to see the cavern wasn't an easy thing but I was not going to miss on the occasion just because of claustrophobia. I just keep singing Italian songs in my head as a distraction. When...More

Thank Stella C
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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

I would pay to not have to do this again. Great for folk who like walking up and down damp steps, ride in a boat down a cramped tube to a yawnish cave with bare ducting and fuzebox. Spend 15 full minutes looking at nothing...More

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Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

Maybe we had too high expectations of the speedwell cavern, my partner and I went with our six year old. There's a really tight stairway to get to the boat. Once we got to the cavern their really wasn't much to see and we just...More

Thank Katie E
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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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