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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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Explore a 200 year old lead mine by boat.

This cavern is found above the village of Castleton in Derbyshire, at the bottom of Winnats... read more

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Donald H
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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The tour guide seemed to get through his speel at an alarming rate of knots and didn't really... read more

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Skipper6060
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Southminster, 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
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This cavern is found above the village of Castleton in Derbyshire, at the bottom of Winnats Pass. The tour starts by descending 106 steps to the landing point of the underground canal where you get onto the tour guides boat. The journey by boat takes...More

Thank Donald H
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The tour guide seemed to get through his speel at an alarming rate of knots and didn't really engage with the group of people on the boat . A couple of ad libs but didn't seem that bothered although answered any questions he got quite...More

Thank Skipper6060
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not a great start as boat broke 5 mins in so we had to push it back to he start, get out again and wait ft least 20mins on crouched on cold steps for engineer to fix it - only to hear him say that...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting mine, even run a tour for only the two of us which was very entertaining with our guide Keira, who was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We loved the experience and would definitely come back, only problem was couldn't tip...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A old unsuccessful lead mine which has a new life as a tourist attraction. Recommend doing this. It really makes one appreciate how awful working lives were in the "olden days". It gets cold underground, so go prepared by dressing warmly. Not suitable if you...More

Thank Michele H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tour guide Robert was brilliant! Funny as hell but also very informative. Tour consists of a boat through tight tunnels to an open cavern, then a return journey. Can't knock it

Thank Dave B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have just had the pleasure of visiting the cavern. It’s a beautiful place that has a mass of history (even Paul Newman) and is definitely unique! The place though is just a place without a good guide! I have to say Ollie was one...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No visit to Castleton is complete without a visit to Speedwell Cavern. Not only is the underground boat trip a unique experience but the cavern its self can only be likened to a vast cathedral. All this taken with a very informative and well presented...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trip on a boat with interesting history of the caverns. Little disappointed that there was nothing at the end of the outward leg of the trip apart from getting out of the boat and waiting around for the next group. Have to be a little...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with group of five other ladies whilst staying in Castleton for the weekend. Have to say our experience was nothing like that depicted on the Speedwell website. Once we had descended the 106 wet and muddy (hence slippery) steps we were ‘herded’ into...More

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Ashleigh A
16 July 2018|
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Response from NadineW69 | Reviewed this property |
One certainly wasn’t visible- I would guess they would just alter the amount of people in the boat- but I very much doubt there would be an issue
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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.
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Aileen H
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Yes you can it's very dog friendly. We took ours today and she loved it.
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