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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  • Carved out of the White Peak limestone several million years ago by water, the Blue John Caverns are a series of natural caves deep underneath the Peak District. The Blue John Caverns are still actively mined during the winter period, from any one of eight seams. There is a tourist route open to the public for guided tours at regular intervals over the day. The route descends around 250 steps to the deepest point, with several impressive caverns along the way. The guided tour is informative and engaging. Plenty of information about the formation of the caverns and historical context, the mining process and Blue John itself. There are only a handful of places the raw Blue John seams are visible on the tour, but the price is worth the experience.
  • I first visited the Blue John Cavern as a child, and have been many times since. The cavern gives a unique insight into the history surrounding the extraction methods of one of the worlds most unique types of Fluorite. Walks in the surrounding area allow you to glimpse the stunning countryside too.
  • Really nice tour guide down the cavern today. Very patient with our two small children who were slow down the 284 steps. Picnic benches and ice cream available from the shop. A lovely place to visit when you're in the area
  • Entry fee seems steep until you have had the guided tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. Lots of steps to be negotiated so wear appropriate footwear and pay attention to small children etc.
  • Guide was fun. Would have liked to have seen less lighting and more targeted shining to interesting veins and cave off shoots. Probably group too big to give a personalised service?
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