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Address: Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
Phone Number: +44 1433 623018
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Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high...

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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A cavern with a difference

We visited the information centre in Castleton, and were presented with 4 caverns close by to visit. All of them very different, and with limited time we had to choose just one to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

very entertaining and enjoyable trip. there are 206 steps to travel up and down so no good if you have a disability. staff have excellent knowledge and humour as you travel along a very narrow tunnel to the centre. not for the faint hearted or clostrophobics out there as you are travelling on a small boat down a very narrow... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Came here when I was 11 years old with the school. Was exactly how I remembered. Lots of history and soooo interesting. Not good for those who are claustrophobic as the boat goes down a narrow tunnel which goes really low in places!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the information centre in Castleton, and were presented with 4 caverns close by to visit. All of them very different, and with limited time we had to choose just one to visit. We chose Speedwell cavern, a 5min drive from Castleton. Not much to look at from the outside - a small stone building with a sign opposite... More 

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cave tour via rowboat...!! The tour starts with a descent down over 100 steps in a little tunnel to reach the cave system, where there's a platform from which you will step into a rowboat. The guide will then use the cave ceiling to pull the rowboat through a semi flooded cave tunnel for a few minutes... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the caves today! We had had a late night and were feeling slightly fragile following the previous night's birthday celebrations, so admittedly we were a tough crowd! Simon made the experience funny and informative though -will happily recommend Speedwell to anyone visiting the area.

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Thank Colette B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've visited the caves it was a great day out, it was a rainy day and it was great to be indoors but still feeling like your outdoors - taking a jumper it's cold down there

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Thank grace942
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Down 106 concrete steps onto a steel dory. There is limited headroom on this attraction and the more people in the boat the better! This consists of one long, dark tunnel with a single passing place half way down to let other boats pass. The guide either manually pulls you along the ceiling or uses the engine to power the... More 

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the best of the Castleton caverns but a good way to occupy 90 minutes on a wet day. The guide was very good at stretching little into much.

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Thank Chris H
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We called at the caverns and done the boat trip through the caves our tour guid Ben was very good and funny which made it enjoyable, we was in the caves for about 45mins, worth paying a visit

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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I expected more cave experience but everything I got was slow ride through the tunnels in the boat reaching the end which looks like one big room in the cave with couple of stalactites. I was sitting at the back of the boat so I couldn't hear a thing that guide said. All in all, nothing impressive. Especially because we... More 

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