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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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Underground boat trip

Arrived early at Speedwell, (they open about 10.30 I think), and as a result we were taken down the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Helen E
via mobile
Interesting journey

Great to go on a trip through these spectacular caverns thoroughly inspiring and great guide who... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sheffield, 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
+44 1433 623018

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Arrived early at Speedwell, (they open about 10.30 I think), and as a result we were taken down the mine tunnel straight away. We felt like V.I.P's on our own private tour. Gerraint our guide had only been doing the job for around three weeks....More

Thank Helen E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great to go on a trip through these spectacular caverns thoroughly inspiring and great guide who made the journey even more enjoyable

Thank lfairbrother
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great experience and the tour guide was very witty and made the trip fun.. however the entry price was a little expensive so only gave it 4 stars 😊

Thank 1968sazza
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this tour enormously. All the getting in and out of the boats was good fun (despite my advanced age of almost 60!) and our guide (Steve, I think) was so friendly and funny it was one of the best parts of our week's...More

1  Thank Rosanna M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating boat trip under ground! 100+ steep steps down and then back up and low rock ceilings - hence the hard hats. Very informative guide.

Thank barnesdurrance
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good, informative tour, excellent guide sharing historical information in friendly chatty manner

Thank R4202TLchrish
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I do like a good cave so as we were in the area thought me would go and have a look.The only interesting bit was it had all been dug out by hand for a small amount of lead.Its just a long tunnel with history.106...More

2  Thank jayneturner61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is very popular so get there early. There are plenty of parking places within easy reach. We joined the queue and were warned that we might have to wait an hour. There are a limited number of 20 places on the boat which...More

Thank Noreen E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We queued for over two hours, and were doubting the tour would be worth the wait by this point so we were preparing for disappointment, however.. The staff were absolutely lovely, the tour is great value for money. The cavern is stunning, and the boat...More

Thank Sophie O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time! Kids loved it and we learnt loads! When you come out walk the hills opposite for great views of the surrounding countryside then head into Castleton for a lovely cream tea!

Thank Sarah W
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Aileen H
Can you take dogs
21 May 2017|
Response from LeeStJohn | Reviewed this property |
Hi Aileen, sorry I don't know if you cab take dogs. The trip in the cave is via a rowing boat so it may be tricky. Best to check with them directly on 01433 623018.
I suspect I know the answer to this but here goes....any disabled access??
21 May 2017|
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Response from ClumberSam | Reviewed this property |
Hi, as many people have said this is not an attraction with easy access. definitely not for people in wheelchair due to the steep steps and boat access. Access to the boats is to step from the landing stage into the boat by... More
Shilpa K
Are you open on Saturdays and Sunday's ? And what would be the entry charge for 4 adults ?
20 May 2016|
Response from Warden2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes open at weekends, prices on website, .speedwellcavern