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Address: Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
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+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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Was an interesting trip but not suitable for persons who suffer with claustrophobia or poor mobility. Enjoyed the ride and a good learning opportunity for adults and children.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were not very well informed in the shop, we had to climb down 106 steps and wear hard hats climb into a boat, lots of banging against the sides of the cavern and we all huddled together so we didn't hit our heads on the side walls..it was cold and not very interesting, although the guide tried his best... More 

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was an interesting trip but not suitable for persons who suffer with claustrophobia or poor mobility. Enjoyed the ride and a good learning opportunity for adults and children.

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Filey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife & I visited the cavern to experience the underground boat ride. First obstacle was the 106 steps down to the jetty (need to duck all the way). However if you're able bodied it isn't a problem. Once at the bottom we were shown to our seats in the boat by Tom (the guide). We set off through the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting, informative and humorous experience. Our guide had us laughing throughout, even though only a small group. An exciting trip through cave system by boat, generally quite low ceiling, so might be difficult or uncomfortable for those taller than 5ft10, depending how busy the tour is.

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Thank Rachel R
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a really interesting tour down this mine, with a brilliant tour guide (Tom). He made it fun and told some great stories. The boat trip was really cool and the cavern was very interesting. It was good learning about the mine and the people who worked down there.

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Thank Kate C
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally got to check this cavern out. A lot of friends have recommend this place so it was only rite I checked this out when I was in Castleton.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Speedwell Cavern provides a very good insight into how hard working in a tin mine was and at what a young age people were expected to work and what responsibility was placed on children. There are 106 steps down to the bottom of the cavern where you climb into a boat and from which most of the tour is conducted.... More 

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

We enjoyed the nice trip in the boat. The stories told by the guide were interesting. It was good to see the tunnel.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the Speedwell Cavern boat trip. Our guide was Ben and really it is his commentary on the history of the Cavern that makes the trip worthwhile. Speedwell is the entrance passageway of an old leadmine and the trip takes you down a low partially flooded tunnel to an internal chamber. It is a bit expensive for what you... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good example of Derbyshire history, the trip is about 1 hour long and a great wet weather (or snowy for us) activity. Our Guide Luke was knowledgably and made us feel very safe. Ideal for kids as long as they don’t get scared in the dark.

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