Blue John Cavern, Castleton

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Head underground with a tour of the Blue John Cavern. The cavern is named after Britain’s most rare mineral, blue john, which is still mined here in small amounts outside the tourist season. Be guided through the caves by one of the miners and learn how the caves were formed. Discover the areas that have produced some of biggest pieces of blue john ever mined. Take in the natural beauty of the forms and colors that the minerals have produced, including stalagmites and stalactites. Visit the craft shop to purchase some of your very own blue john set in jewelry and ornaments. Sensible footwear is a must as the cavern contains lots of steps. To visit Blue John Cavern on your trip to Castleton, use our Castleton trip planner .
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  • Completely unplanned visit to this little mine high in the hills over Castleton. This tour isn't for the faint hearted. It's a long way down (260 steps I think) and these aren't your average house ste...  more »
  • I took my nibble for an u usual day out for his birthday, as he loves caverns, castles, boats and pirates! (I know I only ticked one of these interests) It was a lovely spring day, so the drive to the...  more »
  • Loved every minute of this visit. Was so informative and interesting! The tour guide was brilliant and there was just so much to see. Would definitely come again!  more »
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  • You need to be fit to venture down the 300 plus steps into the caves. The guides are brilliant and it's a lot safer now than on my previous visit in 1970 with wooden stairs then and no anti slip grips. The Blue John Seam at the bottom is not a massive sparkling gem conglomeration so temper your expectations. It is a however unique and worthwhile experience. The shop sells lots of interesting artefacts including specimens of rocks and countless souvenirs.
  • Amazing place to visit. walking or by car. We went by car, we parked near the cavern. The staff were friendly, we received the right information. Our tour guide was excellent guide. He knew the story, also he works extracting the precious stone when the visiting peak decreases. He also speaks German, and the funny bit was "my fiance from Germany couldn't understand his High German" I couldn't stop laughing! in our group were kids from 7-9 and they could manage the 240 stairs down another 240 stairs up! in the cavern the temperature drops down to approx. 10 degrees in Summer. I advice to take a waterproof jacket, you will fill the water drops.
  • A fascinating tour of the caverns. Our guide was very informative. Kids (age 7-12) enjoyed it too. 250 steps but done in chunks so doable unless infirm/very unfit.
  • This Was The First Mine I Ever Been Down And I Was Aged 5 yrs old In 1966, I Was Amazed Of The Blue John Crystal Looked With It's Deep Purple Colours Sparkling From The Lights In The Cavern And As We Walked Down To Bottom Of The Cavern It Was Like Entering Another World, I Thought Their Was A Rowing Boat That Took You Through A Dark Tunnel, And Then We Got Back To The Surface And Went To The Gift Shop
  • Quite boring. First thing to know - no stalactites or stalagmites. Not a single one. Only a few modestly sized chambers which are all mostly the same and blah. Your money is better spent at Pooles Cavern in Buxton, which is infinitely better.

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