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Self Guided Cavern Tour with Blue John Stone Polishing Activity
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Self Guided Cavern Tour with Blue John Stone Polishing Activity

By Treak Cliff Cavern
Recommended by 91% of travellers
91% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 60–90 minutes
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  • Use of workshop equipment
  • Slice of Blue John Stone
  • Self guided Audio Tour (on your own Smartphone) of the Cavern
  • Entry/Admission - Treak Cliff Cavern
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  • Treak Cliff Cavern, Buxton Rd, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WP, UK
    Treak Cliff Cavern Buxton Road
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Service animals allowed
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 114429P12

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Expect steep slopes and steps due to the natural environment of the area. Dress for the outdoors and weather conditions
    • See our website for access information
    • Treak Cliff Cavern is situated on Buxton Road close to the west end of the village. Follow the brown tourist signs ‘Castleton Caverns’ and ‘Treak Cliff Cavern’ Postcode For Sat Navs : S33 8WP What3words ///hammer.named.glad We have a large FREE parking area.
    • Expect steep slopes and steps both up and down
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 114429P12

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    • You'll start at
      Treak Cliff Cavern
      Buxton Rd, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WP, UK
      Treak Cliff Cavern Buxton Road
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      Treak Cliff Cavern
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      Treak Cliff Cavern
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      Treak Cliff Cavern
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Treak Cliff Cavern
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      Castleton, England
    • tiranans2020
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Really enjoyable afternoon
      We enjoyed our visit, really interesting cave to visit and bonus for us was that you could do a self-guided tour so we could go at our own pace. And dogs allowed in too! Nice little shop and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Fab location, just a shame the weather was too bad to explore the beautiful outside surroundings.
      Written 10 April 2024
    • mrs_denman1705
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great staff, they make it!
      Thank you to the staff today for making our day great! We were first into the cave today, welcomed by the very knowledgeable staff! The kids enjoyed an egg hunt inside the cave too. The staff were very patient with our autistic daughter who struggles making her mind up when choosing a gem stone in the gift shop! The kids were fascinated by the fossils and the highlight was the stalagmite ‘seven dwarves’. Really lovely staff, highly recommended!
      Written 30 March 2024
    • Fearless53238970222
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very beautiful show caves and great entrance fee.
      There are several caves in castleton, these look to be the cheapest, have free parking and are by far the most beautiful. I will definitely come back here. The staff were very friendly. I have seen a lot of show caves in england, and this is one of my favourite. Just stunning inside.
      Written 16 March 2024
    • B1422AXtinaw
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Full Day Experience - Simply The Best!
      My son Conor and I had nothing short of the best day ever yesterday! We arrived at Treak Cliff Cavern, dressed warmly, change of clothes, wellies, packed lunch. Prepared for the day ahead as advised on the website and booking communications. The steps up to the visitors centre are challenging, but again, we knew they were there, so we just took it easy, stopping for a look at the beautiful view and a to catch our breath on the way up. Met by our hosts and a welcoming chat, we decided to do the self guided tour first to learn about the site. Having preloaded the app, as requested, this lovely wander around the exquisite cavern was informative, interesting and just at the right level for us. Leaving the cavern we found ourselves at a spectacular view point with my personally favourite kind of information board, which tells you exactly which hills and places of interest you are looking at across the view. Back to the visitors centre, welcomed into the workshop with a cuppa it was down to suiting and booting for the trip back in to the areas of the cavern where we could look for our own Blue John delights. Coveralls and helmets donned, we didn't know how much fun it could be, digging through the mud (recently rained a lot) or surrounding rock looking for that special piece. Reluctantly going back to the surface for lunch, then it was down to work again. Cleaning the rocks we had retrieved, learning what was considered good Blue John and not. What were the other rocks? How was the Blue John processed? Making our chosen jewellery pieces. Hands on every step of the way. Cutting, grinding, shaping, polishing and creating bespoke items. The shop is a testament to the skill of these people, just stunning. We could have spent days with the staff. So friendly, informative, fun, creative and helpful. Thank you so much to the whole team, for your enthusiasm, hospitality and knowledge sharing. It really was simply the best day!
      Written 9 March 2024
    • Kimmy J
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Made me want to visit more of the area.
      Was a lovely visit, has made me want to explore more of the area. Friendly staff happy to chat about the cavern if you have any questions. Also, after the climb up the stairs was surprised to find a small gift shop, cafe, museum and toilets. I’ve added a few photos of the stairs and tunnel floors if you’re thinking of visiting with any kind of walking difficulties. Going at this time of year, in the week it was quiet and you did not feel rushed you could take your time on the steps.
      Written 6 March 2024
    • danielledA8643VF
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic school trip
      The staff were excellent and extremely friendly. The tour guide we had was very knowledgeable and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I would highly recommend Treak Cliff Cavern for a school trip (or a family trip- I did a pre visit with my children and they loved it too). What a brilliant place with incredible views. Would recommend.
      Written 1 March 2024
    • ladybiker2012
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome caves, really interesting
      An amazing way to spend an hour. You buy your ticket and download a guide to your phone, then self guide round the caves. The tour is about 45 minutes and very interesting. Dog friendly too, what a treat to be able to visit with them! As tourists with no choice but to have our dogs with us we really appreciated being able to visit. Lots of steps up and down, not suitable for anyone with difficulties getting around.
      Written 14 February 2024
    • Companion07390360476
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting tour with app based audio guide, but don’t book the last time slot
      Booked a tour online whilst out on a family walk. We booked the last available time slot at 3.30 as shown in the website. On arrival at 3.20 we had a few minutes look at the small interesting museum and then headed into the shop/entrance. We were told the tour would take 30 to 40 minutes and the gentleman was very keen to get us in asap at 3.25! Using the downloaded audio guide app and having a proper look, the tour did take over 30 mins and towards the end another gentleman came to follow us/usher us out. I can understand that it was a last minute booking for the last time slot (and the staff made it clear that they wanted to go home!), but we felt rushed and this marred what would have been a great little tour. Having spent £48 on a family ticket therefore felt a bit shortchanged. Otherwise, the cavern itself is great and the audio app is informative and so I would recommended the tour. However, I’d allow at least an hour so book no later than 3pm.
      Written 14 February 2024
    • Laidbackliebs2
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Self guided informative tour
      Excellent self guided tour that immerses you in the awe of the cave. The self guided tour allows you to travel through the cave at your own pace. We were the only people in the cave during our visit and listened to the clear, well articulated audio at our leisure, pausing and rewinding when required! The cave is stunning and steeped in history and mystery. The steps up to the cave are a workout, but there is a halfway bench for those who need the rest. The cafe and shop and reasonably priced with lots on offer including a tiny but informative museum. FYI, The cafe doesn’t do takeaway drinks so if you’re walking up to Blue John like we did, it’s about a 10 minute hike without hot liquids! Wrap up warm if you’re going in winter, it’s mightily cold up there!!! Worth the visit and the view on the exit is spectacular
      Written 26 November 2023
    • helenb377
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A little gem of a place.
      Little gem of a place. On the outskirts of the village with free parking. Not easily accessible, lots of steps up to the entrance and lots of steps and slopes once in the cave. The little shop was packed with not only Blue John Mine but lots of other gems and fossils. These we're all sold at very reasonable prices. The little cafe did great hot chocolate! Before you enter you can download an app which you can access in the cave to hear about each part of the cave, which was very interesting to listen too. There is no time limit to the amount of time you can stay inside, which was nice, as you could have a really good look around. There were some great features, as well as the Blue John, there were some fantastic stalactites, stalagmites and fossils. The views once you exit (higher up than the entrance, so more slopes and steps to walk down) were beautiful. The entrance fees were very reasonable, especially compared to some others in the area. The staff were lovely and helpful.
      Written 26 October 2023
    • elliebob297
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very Disappointed
      We booked and paid for a self guided tour on 19 Oct 2023, travelled by car a short distance to the location. When we got there, following the brown signs that there were and instructions given to us, we could not locate it. We asked at the local TIC and a local person taking his dog for a walk and they were not sure how to get there either. By this time we had missed our time slot and the will to persevere, so went home very disappointed as we were really looking forward to the visit. All in all a waste of time and petrol and entrance fee. We suggest you re-evaluate your brown signage and make your instructions more user friendly. On contacting the attraction we were offered an alternative date and extended use of the tickets. However we were going back to Cornwall next day and it would have not been feasible. The reply did not address the problem of getting to the location which was the crux of the matter.
      Written 24 October 2023
    • BlightyEngland
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Definitely worth a visit…especially if it’s raining!
      There are several caverns in the Peak District and as we were staying at a local YHA I asked one of the guides there which one we should go to.He said this one because it has a good internal structure,it’s not bad value ,there’s free parking and most importantly it has a coffee shop and a good gift shop.Well we were not disappointed. The tour of the cavern lasts about 30 minutes .It’s not guided but you can scan the Q code when you get there on your phone and plug your own earphones in to get the audio tour.If you book on line you are guaranteed a time slot.If you don’t and you just turn up,be prepared to wait for the next slot………could be ten minutes……could be two hrs………depends on how busy it is. Definitely worth a visit but if you have teenagers keep them away from the beautiful jewellery that is made at the cavern shop.
      Written 24 October 2023
    • Yorkshiregirl29
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Visit
      While staying in Barber Booth decided a visit to one of the cavern's as must do, we plucked Treak Cliff as it was self guided, you download the app, then as you walk through it tells when to play the audio for that particular are of the cavern. You can take your time listening then having a look round before moving on so much better than a guided tour as others do. Lovely view over the Hope Valley as you exit cavern. Staff are friendly and welcoming, great experience especially as we had it to ourselves. We did the early bird offer of £11.50 each very good value. Highly recommend.
      Written 1 October 2023
    • Y4186SYtj
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great trip to Treak Cliff
      We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Treak Cliff Cavern. We replayed the audio tour when home so that we could absorb more of the details of what we saw. It had been over forty years since either of us had visited as children, and we'll make sure we come back again sooner to admire the rich variety of geological treasures. It's a unique and beautiful feature of the landscape.
      Written 26 September 2023
    • MelburyB
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super audio guide and visit to rather special cavern
      Such a great tour of the cavern, the audio guide was so interesting and helped lead you through the journey of the cavern! Really recommend a visit and loved that our doggo could join too! Wasn’t too long and could go at own pace, we were lucky and had the whole cave to ourselves:) Staff were friendly and helpful, lots of lovely bits to browse in the shop .
      Written 10 September 2023
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    Yvonne B
    Yaxley, UK22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience for the whole family.
    The booking process through Trip Advisor was really straightforward although I believe it's just as easy through the venue website.
    Friendly staff and a great set of caves.
    As each group has a different time slot and is self guided with audio from an app downloaded to your phone it felt very safe fr a Covid perspective.
    Stunning stalactites and great lighting.
    The polishing experience was great fun and the 2 teenagers enjoyed it. Nothing rushed, enjoy the caves in your own time and we were made to feel very welcome.
    The cafe is great. A good selection and plenty of tables outside to admire the views which even on a grey and cloudy day are amazing.
    Definitely recommend the blue John cake. Delicious.
    Written 4 September 2021
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    Thanks for a detailed and whole--hearted reccomendation
    Written 21 September 2021
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    emma r
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The whole experience was fantastic definitely above 5star. At the time of visiting we managed to find car parking close to the steps up to the mine. I have a disability but managed them.
    There is a lovely little museum and a very well stocked shop (unfortunately not all the items are available in the online shop - though this means a repeat trip up the steps it's one that will be made) with lots of items.
    The mine is definitely well worth visiting. Absolutely stunning, there are handrails and nonslip strips. The audio guide was very informative and if you missed a bit or wanted to check a detail you could replay and not miss a thing.
    The staff were extremely helpful, friendly and more than happy to answer questions and share their enthusiasm for the wonderful place.
    A return trip is definitely going to happen.
    Written 30 January 2022
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    H_Alst0n
    London, UK117 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun cave which kids enjoyed and nice not to have to be part of a tour group. Can head up to Mam Tor directly from the cave too, which is nice. But well over £40 for a family of four for 20 minutes in a cave felt pretty punchy. Shame the cave operators haven't got together to enable you to see eg 2 or 3 caves for a discounted price as going all that way it's a shame to be able to only see one.
    Written 2 August 2022
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    Thank you for your review. I'm glad to hear the children enjoyed the cavern and that you liked that you weren't part of a large group. Our cost reflects the huge amount of work we have to put in so that you can go around by yourselves and part of that is the 45 minutes of audio to guide you around the cavern. If it has only taking you 20 minutes in can only imagine you didn't listen to all the audio which is entirely your own decision. Many thanks TCC
    Written 26 August 2022
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    Flisstara
    London, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great alternative to dragging the teens up a big hill in the Peak District! The staff were super helpful with the Crystal polishing - we all got really beautiful pieces with stripes and great colours. The caves were interesting and are still being mined. Got to sample the blue john Victoria sponge cake at the café! Highly recommended.
    Written 24 August 2021
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    heatherh2468
    Leicester, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Family
    We had a great time at Treak. The audio tour was easy to use and very informative. It may not be the biggest cave structure in the UK, but seeing the veins of Blue John was beautiful. one of us did the stone polishing and chose her own pattered stone. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, probably the friendliest customer service we've had in a long time. The perfect place on a baking hot day! Highly recommended.
    Written 20 July 2021
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    Thank you very much !
    Written 1 August 2021
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    Emma Lucas
    Kingston-upon-Hull, UK161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unexpected visit turned into one of the highlights of our trip!

    Eventually we had set off on a 4.5 mile hike which began at the base of the cavern, got near the cavern entrance and the heavens opened with absolutely no signs of stopping. The mud path trail at the back of the cavern became impassable and we snuck into the cavern entrance for shelter. Whilst there hoping for the rain to stop we started to look around and then realised that we were quite interested! Walked in, paid the £30 for us 2 and went in.

    We came away with some fantastic photos, we loved being able to touch the stone and we spent a good hour or so exploring. Would have spent some time once we’d climbed back down if a school trip load of kids hadn’t turned up on our descent 😂! But the views were fab, the staff were lovely and helpful and it was a great surprise trip.

    Not for anyone without a good pair of walking shoes and good stability. It is on the side of a hill, it is slippery, and it is steep. I had to descend one step at a time with my hand firmly on the rail - it’s not the fault of the place it is the location.
    Written 9 March 2023
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    Thank you for your fantastic review.
    Written 21 April 2023
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    Jen G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023 • Couples
    The cavern is family owned and run. They are all so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable with the whole experience.
    We visited the caverns first which were amazing, and then did blue stone polishing which we loved! The museum was also really interesting to see all the finds from the cavern including human skeletons!! This was a great trip and would highly recommend.
    Written 23 January 2023
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    Thank you for your 5* review. I'm glad to hear you have enjoyed your visit and stone polishing activity.
    Written 3 March 2023
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    travell_a_lot
    Salisbury, UK951 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021
    Visited with young family. App guide worked even underground! Self guided so not rushed and able to double back. Very interesting information on geology of the area. Small terraced cafe, shop and tiny display. Stone polishing was very casual but came away with small polished stone memento - could have been better organised. Note steep steps and gradient to entrance and to exit. Inside hand rails and uneven surfaces so not for infirm. Well lit and plenty of phot options. Friendly staff who were very accommodating. Pre- booked at time of visit. Worth the money.
    Written 17 August 2021
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    Thank you. Sometimes despite our best efforts too much can happen and we are not as organised as usual!
    Written 21 September 2021
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    convey766
    Southport, UK92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021 • Solo
    Tuned up without booking a tour and, as I was on my own and Happy to do a self guided tour they fitted me in. As a fifty-something female, I felt very safe on my own. The self guide was informative as I was able to go at my own pace (including taking necessary "breathers" between the stepped caverns. There are plenty of safety handrails and non-slip flooring guards. The caverns were amazing, I loved the fossilised sea crustaceans! I was shocked how high I had climbed whilst inside. Highly recommended
    Written 30 June 2021
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    Tim A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022
    All the staff I spoke to were very friendly and helpful.
    I was pleased that I'd looked into the number of steps; as I'm not the fittest of people.
    I took my time, taking regular breaks, to catch my breath. I was very impressed with the super grippy strips, on the wet slopes, in the cavern. There was one genuine 'wow' moment and I returned to one spot a couple of times, because there was so much to see. It took me a while to download the app and start the commentary, I also didn't realize that the next chapter started automatically and kept restarting the tour; then it dawned on me that you simply swiped to the left, to move onto the next page. I also enjoyed the souvenir stone polishing bit at the end and I'm hoping that I will soon be able to arrange delivery of several bottles of the next batch of Treak Cavern beer. They sold out over the Platinum Jubilee Weekend.
    The cavern is not spectacular; but it's definitely worth a visit. There's also a stunning view down the valley, when you exit the cave further up the hillside, and the giftshop has something for everyone.
    I'm glad I did this trip, as the following day I had the confidence to make the climb up to Peveril Castle and the top section of Mam Tor.
    Written 7 June 2022
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