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“Interesting and friendly tour”
Review of Blue John Cavern

Blue John Cavern
Ranked #4 of 13 things to do in Castleton
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Owner description: This unique stone is mined and transformed here.
Reviewed 4 August 2014

The cavern is in a fantastic location set at the bottom of Mam Tor. There was a step slope leading down to the entrance and 245 steps inside the cavern but there are handrails along the way. The tour guide was also one of the miners and it was clear that he had a passion for the Blue John stone and was very informative about the stone and the cavern. He was very good with the children and answered all their questions. The tour was well worth the effort. It does get chilly in the mine so you will need a jumper (and sensible shoes!).

Thank Sue A
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

The tour of the cavern is very interesting with some amazing caves and lots to look at. Most caverns only allow you to feel the walls in small areas, but here you can feel it anywhere you like which means it is not worn away. The tour guide knew exactly what he was talking about and answered every question that was asked. He also seemed to be very good with the younger children who somehow ended up at the front of the group.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the area.

Thank James A
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Upon arrival and parking up at the cavern we all noticed there was quite an awful smell of sewerage around the place. This is a shame as the area itself is quite beautiful and would have been an ideal spot for a picnic or snack after the tour.

The kids needed the loo upon arrival and all though I'm sure these weren't the source of the smell they are defiantly in need of some cleaning, modernisation and tender loving care.

The cavern tour lasts approx 45 - 60 minutes and is very expensive for what it is. £28.00 for a family ticket. We had to wait for around 20 minutes for our tour to begin and think we probably drew the short straw with our tour guide (Brian). He was a bit of a grump, quite abrupt and looked and sounded quite depressed. He did stop often and ask if anyone had any questions but I think everyone was too scared to ask him anything. He certainly wasn't friendly towards the kids. I did speak to other tour guides in passing while we were there and they seemed a lot more friendly and chatty.

The first cavern you enter has lots of old rusting pick, spades and old mining equipment scattered about as well as a tatty looking display case with lots of old bones in it. Nothing was mentioned or explained about the bones in the case and the light in the case wasn't working so you couldn't really see much. Our tour guide did mention the tools and equipment though, "Here are various item of rusty tools and equipment all of which has been found in the caverns" The End !

The caverns themselves are quite impressive once inside but don’t expect to see any stalagmites or stalactites as there is only a very small one visible at the end of the tour which looks to be about 1 or 2 feet long. The one seam of Blue John that you actually do get to see on the tour is in one corner of one cavern on a wall 8ft square. Apparently the main seams that are actually mined are in a different area of the caverns not on the tour.

The steps and passage ways are very slippy and steep and many of the railing are old and rusty. The kids really did enjoy the experience but I think it could have been made so much better and more interactive and educational for them.

Its interesting to visit if you are in the general area but it is grossly overpriced and poorly presented. Don’t expect to stay for more than two hours tops.

5  Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Went in by myself as my partner couldn't manage the 245 steps. We were a group of about a dozen, including young children. The steps were slippery but that's to be expected in a cave. We had several rest stops and there were hand rails most of the way. The guide was informative and took time to answer our questions. The tour took approx.50 minutes and it does get chilly but you soon warm up on the descent. The history of the cavern is fascinating and it was worth the effort.

Thank MCGL_2011
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

It's abeautiful cave, but hugely overpriced entrance fee. And the tour guides seem to have a 'local' accent which makes it difficult to understand for people who are unfamiliar with it.
Go if you already know about the cave, but don't bother if you'd like to get information while being given the 20-30 minute tour.
Far too expensive for what it is.

5  Thank maryam s
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Lesley O, Manager at Blue John Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Thank you for your review!

There are a couple of things I would like to address.

Firstly, we don't employ anyone at this time who speaks the Qeens English, we apologise for this!!! We are situated in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire and of course we will employ native people to the area who are very knowledgable in their field, even if you cannot understand there accent!!!! (This is a new one to me)!

Secondly, our tour lasts 50 - 60 minutes. Are you sure you are reviewing the right venue!?

Regards,

Blue John Cavern

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