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Trip on a boat with interesting history of the caverns. Little disappointed that there was nothing... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
apriltom
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Rochester, United Kingdom
Should be much better.

I remember this as a very unusual attraction and jolly entertaining. Somehow, It has morphed into... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
clivorton
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Derby
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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...more
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Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
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Reviewed yesterday 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
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
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

2  Thank Hotchkins
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

2  Thank Ken646
Reviewed 3 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

1  Thank apriltom
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Reviewed 3 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

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely glad I did this on my visit up to the north, came back with loads of new knowledge and the tour guide Ben was very funny which helps.

Thank gemmalaurax
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide Robert was brilliant, very entertaining and knowledgeable, thank uou. The trip was quite claustrophobic but still very enjoyable

Thank Kayegarwood
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

You have to queue up for a long time, they let 20 people in every 20 mins. We waiting for 1:30mins. It is such an anti-climax. It is basically a huge wait, followed by steep stairs to a boat at the bottom. You climb on...More

Thank Danny S
Reviewed 5 June 2018

I remember this as a very unusual attraction and jolly entertaining. Somehow, It has morphed into more of a disappointment. 25 years ago I took some Americans they thought it was fantastic. I took some more today they thought it was disappointing, boring even. I...More

Thank clivorton
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Ashleigh A
15 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
3 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
21 May 2017|
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Response from EEC2014 |
Yes you can it's very dog friendly. We took ours today and she loved it.
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