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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. A visit to Blue John Cavern represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Castleton itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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Have been down all sorts of mines around the world and most a little more dramatic than this. I think they play on the name Blue John, which drew us and am sure many others. However, the guide was bri... read more »
A great few hours spent here, we had 3 young children with us aged 4-8 they loved the tour. Quite a big climb on the way up but not too taxing for them. A great afternoon! Lots of science and history ... read more »
Wow, what a hidden gem of history. Our tour guide Liam was full of knowledge about the caverns history (including the link to the Sister Cavern around the hillside), he allowed us plenty of time to lo... read more »
My experience in the blue John mine seems polar opposite to the ones I've read (perhaps I was in a different mine). I remember going down and down deeper and deeper into in ever more dark and cold environment. The views were spectacular. There were massive caverns with stalactites, and stalagmites. Ground water was dripping off of one and onto the other. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and happy to give as much information as she could. After the tour we entered a museum like shop where one could buy bowls, and other beautiful examples of Blue John craftsmanship. All in all quite a pleasant experience!
I'm afraid, that the Blue John Cavern is very much a rip-off. It cost us (2 adults and 2 children aged 5 and 6) £30. Very little Blue John to see, just one tiny cave with a few limp veins and some they had cemented in to a man made wall. Added to that a few very small stalagtites (they would have to be pointed out to you way up on the cave ceiling otherwise you wouldn't notice), the caves are unspectacular. The guide was pleasant but the whole experience is ruined by that nagging feeling that you've just paid £30 for this. It should have cost about £10. Compared to other attractions (we went to Knowsely Safari Park, which was amazing, the day before - cost £44 for a day's entertainment).
I came here over forty years ago, on a day school trip. I look back on it with fond memories and would love to return here, for a day out some day.
The tour of the cavern is very interesting eith amazing caves and lots to look at. Kost caverns only allow you to feel around the walls insmall selected areas, but here you can feel it anywhere so can get a good idea about the geology of the area. The tour guide knew exactly what he was talking about and answered every question that was asked. He also seemed to be very good with the younger children who somehow ended up at the front of the group.
Not a lot of Blue John to see here, which is supprising considering the price... Tour guide was very informative, but TBH I'd recommend trying another mine.
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