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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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My 4 year old son loved it!

Easy to find via Satnav and well-signposted, Speedwell Cavern was very accessible by car. Parking... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Weepoobum
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Worth the experience... just...

Did the Speedwell Cavern with my wife on August 25th.. £11.50 admission per person.. about a 20... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gerry2411
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Bangor
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Easy to find via Satnav and well-signposted, Speedwell Cavern was very accessible by car. Parking was £4 but there was a £2 refund for the Cavern Tour participants. We took advantage of the 'earlybird discount' and booked in advance, saving a tenner and avoiding the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Did the Speedwell Cavern with my wife on August 25th.. £11.50 admission per person.. about a 20 minute wait which is just about bordering on the acceptable.. 106 steps down to a steel boat which holds 20...electric motor on the vessel which travels about 500...More

Thank Gerry2411
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An enjoyable experience in which you definitely learn something! Interesting stories and facts related by the humorous tour guide. Definitely one to tick off if you are in the area!

Thank MKirkinator
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Chatty guides (thanks Calum) snazzy blue hard hats, and an appreciation of how hard a lead miners life would have been.

1  Thank PorlJ
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Speedwell Cavern was beyond what I imagined. The boat ride was amazing because of the very dramatic story telling by the guide. Its very dark inside for any kind of photography and very cold. Anyone with issues with confined spaces or darkness should not...More

Thank DevendraY24
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed this tour by boat which made it quite unique. We were there early and had only a 20 minute wait for the boat. The booking system could be improved by offering a time booking. Personally I would not wish to queue for more...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My friends and I visited here as part of a trip to the Dales. We loved the area and wanted to do something different. Going down into a disused mine and seeing a cavern was certainly different. The cavern has off road parking across the...More

Thank um_ferras
Reviewed 6 days ago

At times this tour is cold and dark and the roof is very low. However, we enjoyed the boat trip and the cavern at the end. The kids learned a lot about the conditions in the mine. My only criticism would be that you have...More

1  Thank L Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

The only saving grace was Mark our guide, in dismal claustrophobic conditions he kept us going with satire and humour with added information about the cave (more of a tunnel). If you plan this trip it is not very dog friendly as the steps down...More

Thank Garry S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Used to come here when I was younger and after all these years it's still as I remember it! Great your really enjoyable and well organised. Friendly tour guide (we had Ben) I would definitely go again.

Thank Hannah S
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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 pixydust2010 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I didn't see any dogs travelling down on this experience. I wouldn't think they are allowed.
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adf926
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.
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