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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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Nice little trip down

Really enjoyable afternoon spent down the cavern and the tour guide Tommy does an excellent job of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Excellent boat trip

We just made it for the last tour of the day (4.00 pm). There was three of us and four other... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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

Really enjoyable afternoon spent down the cavern and the tour guide Tommy does an excellent job of giving you so much history about the mines and throwing in some good humour. Be warned though if going down a bit set of steps isn't for you...More

Thank madred73
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We just made it for the last tour of the day (4.00 pm). There was three of us and four other people. The guide was very friendly, entertaining and enthusiastic despise being the last tour with only seven people. Everything about the tunnels was fully...More

Thank HazzaNorfolk
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is not one of those tours where you see huge caverns and magnificent rock formations BUT you do get to ride through a flooded mine in a boat which has got to be unique. You do need to be reasonably mobile to cope with...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Two 30 year olds visited today 16.7.17. Over 100 uneven wet steps down to the boat which goes down narrow tunnel low in height, watch your heads, ends up in a small cavern for 10mins with not much to see and then boat back along...More

1  Thank YorkshireHolidaymad
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun end enjoyable ride. Went down the steps and then into a boat a floated down the caves in the boat great tour guide which made it very enjoyable knowledge and fun.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic trip - Ben a brilliant guide- informative relaxed and funny- certainly put you at your ease - boat trip was great - loved the cavern and the additional detail the guide shared with us - very knowledgable too.

Thank Elizabeth O
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some family from USA staying with us and so wanted to take them on this tour as it was something a bit different. Our tour guide Ben really helped us to understand what life for the miners would have been like. He was...More

Thank Roeroyle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bjorn and Tom are very enthusiastic about the cave and will give you both informational and fun tour. The bottomless pit is the highlight of the tour. Better make use of the early bird offer and then set off for a hike to Mam Tor.

Thank thegreatmattlaw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great day out. Tour Gide ben was amazing with his facts knowledge and jokes along the tour. And is surrounded by beautiful scenery when you get out, awesome!

Thank AndyRush96
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself, husband and two children (7 and 9) visited Speedwell Cavern yesterday. I have been in plenty of caves and once you have seen one stalactite you have seen them all. So this cave tour was far more interesting due to the enjoyable way of...More

Thank 918caroline
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Aileen H
22 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.
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
20 May 2016|
Response from Warden2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes open at weekends, prices on website, .speedwellcavern