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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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Boat trip with historic interest

I think a previous reviewer got a bit excited there are definitely only 106!! Steps. Lead by an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Adrian D
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Subterranean adventure

Down 160 odd steps, deep underground to a boat that holds about 20 persons and in our case two... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Keith L
Wirral, 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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Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
+44 1433 623018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think a previous reviewer got a bit excited there are definitely only 106!! Steps. Lead by an enthusiastic with added subtle humour, boatman (Jacob), our trip was worth the money on Sunday. It’s a boat trip down an underground canal effectively. You can’t expect...More

Thank Adrian D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Down 160 odd steps, deep underground to a boat that holds about 20 persons and in our case two dogs. (Why you would want to take your dogs is beyond me!!). It’s cold so where some warm clothing and it’s reasonably confined, having to wear...More

Thank Keith L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great cavern ....you going deep down plus going on the boat ...great and interesting ...a bit cold and dump

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came here as a child and wanted to return with my son who is 14. It was a brilliant experience just as I remembered it and very interesting. My son loved it ..

Thank tinkabell12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The main interest in this attraction is the long flooded tunnel, dug by lead miners at the end of the 18th century. A boat trip takes you along the tunnel to reach the start of a natural cave. This is not the first time that...More

Thank Geoffrey T
Reviewed 4 November 2017

We had to wait in a very long queue for 2 hours, which was very tiresome with youngish children. Don't really know how this could be resolved, apart from time- ticketing at busy times. The little shop sold expensive drinks and snacks, but had a...More

Thank margaret j
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Well worth the price! Jacob, our tour guide, was fantastic. The tour was exciting and historical, loved the climb down especially.

1  Thank Maria H
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Great fun. Of sorts. This is an underground boat ride, through an old man-made tunnel working ending up viewing an otherwise inaccessible cavern. Doesn't sound much when put like that. The boat isn't very comfortable, but good enough. It also is way safer than it...More

Thank Andy W
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Visited here and got the concession price with the Peak Cavern too. Quite interesting and different to a tour of a cavern that I have been on before. It isn't something I would do again and spent most of the tour concerned that our tour...More

1  Thank Charlotte H
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Honestly, once you get over the initial excitement of going on a boat trip in a cave, it is a bit boring. The guide we had (Tom I think) was really the main person holding it together and was very good at his job, but...More

Thank mark G
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Dean D
4 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.
Aileen H
21 May 2017|
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Response from pixydust2010 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I didn't see any dogs travelling down on this experience. I wouldn't think they are allowed.
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.