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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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Great tour

May seem a bit expensive a first but this tour is well worth the money. Our guide was excellent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pete K
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Coventry, United Kingdom
A good familly trip

Visited this place many years ago, so already knew what to expect. For our two boys (4, 5) it was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jiri_George_A
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Chesterfield, 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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“small boat” (29 reviews)
“hard hat” (37 reviews)
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Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
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"unique experience"
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"interesting trip"
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"sense of humour"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

May seem a bit expensive a first but this tour is well worth the money. Our guide was excellent (great sense of humour)and gave us a great insite into the lives of the miners who worked in the cavern. Fascinating and not to be missed....More

Thank Pete K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this place many years ago, so already knew what to expect. For our two boys (4, 5) it was an ideal adventure. We had a very good guide with nice sense of humor. On its own it is rather expensive, however as we bought...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't sure about going here as to me seemed quite expensive. My son and his girlfriend wanted to go so we went too and I actually really liked it. Really liked being on a boat in the cave which makes it different to the other...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cavern itself is beautiful and a great experience to enjoy for both couples and families. The tour guides are friendly and humorous with a large knowledge of the iron mining and history of the cavern, lasting around an hour. The boats arrive every 20...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the entrance fee. Entertaining tour guides and a unique experience which takes in the mining history of the area and also the history of the local caves.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my daughter visited the cavern this past weekend and were shocked at the prices on arrival, £10 for a child was by far the priciest attraction we’ve visited this past decade. The tour it’s self is just a long dark hole with nothing...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this. We have done other caverns but this was the first by boat. Our guide was full of information and really corny jokes. Can't remember his name but he did lay down in the boat so we could take pictures!!

1  Thank Pinkjen23
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

An abandoned water filled tunnel that runs half a mile underground, finally reaching the cavern. Due to poor weather it wasn't busy and we were the only people on the boat which takes you through the tunnel. It was an interesting experience in that the...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

A small group of us were in Castleton during the heavy snowfall at the end of Feb. Driven off the fells by the severe weather we opted to visit the Speedwell Cavern. The entrance is located near the foot of Wynatts Pass We parked in...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Jacob was a great tour guide. The tour was entertaining and interesting, and we enjoyed being on the boat.

Thank emilyrUK
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Dean D
3 August 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
21 May 2017|
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Response from EEC2014 |
Yes you can it's very dog friendly. We took ours today and she loved it.
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adf926
21 May 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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