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PD Cave Choice .. authenticity vs. gimmick?

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PD Cave Choice .. authenticity vs. gimmick?

We're visiting the PD in a couple of weeks time and staying for a couple of nights around Tideswell. While there, we would love to do at least one cave. The following around Castleton jump out:

Speedwell Cavern - £40

Peak Cavern's/Devil's @rse - £37

Combined Speedwell/Peak family ticket - £61.00

Blue John Cavern in Castleton - £32

Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton - £27.50

There's also Poole's Cavern @ £27 a little further south.

The question is, which ones are really worth the visit? We have a couple of boys (11/12) who might like the idea of an underwater boat and a rude name to a cave entrance, but some of the review suggest those two caves are someone unspectacular one trick ponies! I'm sure I've been down the Blue John Cavern as a kid, but don't remember it as I went down loads of caves looking for Blue John way back when! Treak Cliff sounds more interesting in some ways (and perhaps undeserving a bit less popular than those around it).

What is the best use of our time? We can only afford to give a single morning or afternoon to getting to an exploring a cave(s?), so no multi-day adventures..

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1. Re: PD Cave Choice .. authenticity vs. gimmick?

It's some years since I lived in the area but Treak Cluff was always my favourite it seemed less touristy but it may have changed.

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2. Re: PD Cave Choice .. authenticity vs. gimmick?

I did Speedwell Cavern as a ten year old and it was really exciting, but returned as an adult after 25 years and it was rather dull. Your boys will likely enjoy it.

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3. Re: PD Cave Choice .. authenticity vs. gimmick?

I think most boys would love it. I have been to several and loved both of them.

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4. Re: PD Cave Choice .. authenticity vs. gimmick?

Hmmm .. sounds a little like Treak Cliff might edge for seeing some blue john and a nice big cave, while Speedwell with the boat perhaps for just the adventure (ie. not missing out much on Devil's @rse bar the name!?). Possibly could do both (Treak/Speedwell) at £67.50 total for family tickets .. do you think it's more interesting than just Speedwell/Peak for £61 combined?

Any comments on how Poole's Cavern compares to all of the above around Castleton?

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5. Re: PD Cave Choice .. authenticity vs. gimmick?

You can get 20% off the Speedwell ticket / combined ticket price if you prebook one of the first 3 tours at Speedwell. The last that qualifies is the 10.45am tour. Info online.

Poole's Cavern is ok - Go Ape is nearby too.

However, it is the underground boat ride sets Speedwell (and the blue John in the Castleton cavern system) aside from most underground / stalagmite cave systems that can be visited in the UK and abroad - incl Poole's Cavern.

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