Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton: Hours, Address, Treak Cliff Cavern Reviews: 4.5/5

Treak Cliff Cavern
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Started as a Blue John mine over 300 years ago, Treak Cliff Cavern continues to mine, process and manufacture ornamental items and jewellery from Blue John Stone today. On the 40 minute guided tour visitors can see the most abundant veins of Blue John Stone in the world and some of the 'finest stalactites' in the Peak District. We also have a shop with a vast array of rocks and minerals from around the world. Visit our free to enter museum and read about the history of the mine and see some beautiful antique Blue John ornaments, after which you can enjoy a slice of Blue John cake and refreshments from our on site cafe while admiring the view down the valley.
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Zottle
187 contributions
Family
We walked past this whilst on the way up Mam Tor and checked to see if there were any spaces available (having not booked). The man behind the desk was very friendly and accommodating and slotted us into the caverns within 20 minutes. We ate an ice cream whilst waiting for our time slot. Of the caverns in this area, this one is the cheapest. It cost £42 for 2 adults and two children (age 11 and 14). The cavern is a self guided tour via an app on your phone. This is a good idea as you can go at your own pace and you can hear easily what is being said as the audio was clear and you can rewind if you miss a bit. It can get a bit annoying if several other people have their audio going in the same bit of the cavern as you. Luckily this didn’t happen much. The audio information given was interesting. The caverns are fascinating. They aren’t huge and took about 40 mins to go round. You could do it much quicker if you weren’t listening to the audio although it is lovely to look at so surely you wouldn’t want to rush around it much quicker? It was 11 degrees down there. Dogs are allowed.
Written June 7, 2022
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A_Cyclist
Ledbury, UK24 contributions
I can't wear a face mask, but they accommodate Covid rules by allowing entry by 'bubbles' separated by 10 minutes - so advance booking is advisable (website or phone). They can thus suggest no mask within the cave to stop glasses fogging. Flash photography and videos are permitted - though much better without flash and, with newer LED lighting, the blue john veins in the rock look the correct colour.

The visit takes an hour, but you can stay as long as you like (within reason). If another group catches you up, you simply let them pass by.

Although their website asks you to download a phone/tablet app in advance as a 'tour guide', a printed guide is available on request for those like me who didn't want to risk damaging a tablet in a dripping cave!
Written July 6, 2021
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Pioneer10858416351
Thank you for your excellent feedback. We do try to provide alternatives for visitors.
Written August 1, 2021
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Kerry B
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3 of us visited with a dog after booking online (which was straight forward). I’ve visited a few caverns and I have to say I really enjoyed this one. There was a lot of Blue John to see and the passages were comfortable to walk through - yes, you do have to bend as you initially walk in however, I am a curvy 40 odd year old woman and I managed it without any difficulty! Even the initial walk up the steps to get to the entrance was fine - there are a few information boards on the way up which is a good excuse to have a breather!
The audio was really interesting and was easy to use. Once you open the app, it automatically plays each stage as you move through the cavern so the information is relevant to where you are. We used one telephone and didn’t use headphones so that we could all listen.
I was unsure about taking our dog, however, as the passages were a good size and there was sufficient lighting, she managed fine.
Written April 19, 2022
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Jack & Cait
Cyprus7 contributions
Couples
Completed the self guided tour today. We enjoyed the caves and thought it was a cool place which had amazing sites around us, even though it was misty. However we found the app experience quite boring and too long. There were interesting facts being shared, although the woman seemed to ramble on therefore once you walked through one bit of the cave, it would automatically cut to the next audio recording without the other finishing. On the recordings, children were also heard in the background which was quite distracting. It would have been better to of had boards up with the information rather than the audio recordings, or make both optional. Also walking around constantly changing things on your phone took away the experience a bit. Some people even played theirs out loud, causing distraction from ours.

Personally I also thought it was too expensive for what you got. We completed it in 20 mins (advertised as an hour), and we weren’t exactly rushing, in fact many people passed us. Around £7 would be reasonable in our opinion.

Overall it was a cool cave system with an interesting history. Although, the app experience let it down and took away the caves appeal a bit. I give this a 3 star because although it was interesting and cool, it wasn’t unique and as good as it was advertised and we believe it wasn’t worth the price we paid. Having said that, it is great for families and for something to do when it’s raining.
Written July 31, 2022
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Travels-with-family4
East Midlands, UK41 contributions
This was a great experience. We hadn’t booked ahead and arrived with half an hour before the next available tour so we enjoyed a snack from the cafe and waited in the winter sunshine enjoying the views. Once in the cavern, we had a really interesting tour. Our guide was Ben and he was full of interesting information. He answered questions but also kept the pace going. The steps were a bit hard going at times with a dodgy knee but it was totally worth it. The natural cave was breathtaking.
We really felt that this tour catered for adults and children alike and we would definitely recommend to others.
Written January 19, 2020
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Salenalh
Ancaster, UK151 contributions
Family
We were truly amazed by this experience. It was fantastic from the start to the end. Although I suspect that the current social distancing measures have been the making of its success.

We arrived early as it was the bank holiday and with the pre book conditions we did not want to loose any money due to tragic. We were greated well and informed that if they could and if we wanted to we could do our tour early.

We started with a drink from the cafe and then did the stone activity. Great fun for children and adults. Only £4 and you get to take the stone home at the end of the session.

They managed to get us in early which was great.

So to be frank we had to have a smart device and we needed to download their app before we go there. But all this meant that they could send us in as a family unit without a guide only the guided tour in the phone. This was brilliant. There was another group ten minutes either side so we did not come into contact with them.

The tour was really informative and clearly signed as to when to hit play for the next bit.

Definitely worth keeping to this format even after social distancing comes to an end.

We really had a great time. Thank you.
Written September 3, 2020
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choc4basil
Kent183 contributions
We visited the cavern as part of a day in Castleton.

A little apprehensive initially as the tour was via the downloaded app but everything worked very well. We were warmly greeted by Ben and the system explained. I had my doubts the Bluetooth would work ok underground but it was very good- informative but also friendly narration.

The cavern isn't that big by others, well not the part the public sees anyway, but it was wonderful to wander at leisure. Your phone will vibrate as it gets to another part of the narration. Don't do as we did and put it in your pocket - trying to carry it and a camera and not break my neck (was only given two hands...) as it can interfere with the app. We thought it was going wrong but it was us!

We loved the Blue John seams and the tiny fossils embedded in the rock.

Points to think about:
do as the website says and download the app beforehand. Staff will ask you if you've done it. It could be expensive data otherwise...

it's quite a steep and exposed gradient up from the road to the visitor centre. It may not be too pleasant if the weather is bad.

the toilets were only open to visitors on the day we went, needing a member of staff to unlock them

parking nearest to the cavern can get quite busy. We parked along the access road as did many others so it's luck of the draw. It does add to the (uphill) walk though, especially if you've already walked around Castleton!

masks are to be worn in the centre and its shop. We took them off underground as it was only us and the ghosts around...

This was a great experience and recommended.
Written August 30, 2020
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Anita251991
Worcester Park, UK640 contributions
Couples
Visited here on Sunday morning with my boyfriend for the self guided tour of Treak Cliff cavern.
We went for the early bird discounted tickets for 9:30am and there was barely anyone else around.
They have hand sanitiser units placed around and good signage.
As it is self guided tour we downloaded the app which talks you through the route, which was fascinating.
It took us around 30 mins to do the tour.
It was interesting and would do again.
The gift shop is also very reasonably priced.
Written August 12, 2020
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Mrs_Lewis
Castleford, UK83 contributions
Couples
Fantastic Self Guided Tour, cafe and museum. Literally no one else in the caves because of social distancing. You can follow the route at your own pace with a brilliant audio tour on your phone. Fascinating history and fantastic caves. The Gentleman on reception/gift shop is very knowledgeable and can't do enough for you. The cafe is great with fantastic home bakes and friendly staff. Lovely museum and shop if you like crystals and stones, or some beautiful locally made jewellery and ornaments. We really enjoyed this and will return with the kids. Tip- wear solid footwear, the floor is wet as is everything in the caves, not slippy as they have put proper flooring and grip covering but it's not for sandals.
Written June 27, 2021
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Pioneer10858416351
Thank you! Good tip about footwear, I find my feet get too cold in the cave if I wear sandals !
Written August 1, 2021
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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK413 contributions
Treak Cliff was a very interesting place. We visited it during our return hike from Mam Tor to Castleton. The audio guide was informative but as we were walking while listening to it, there were times that the next track would start before the previous one finished. The place wasn't very crowded when we visited and the whole tour took us less than the recommended time. The viewpoint at the end of the tour was great too!
Written January 14, 2022
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