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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  • Our visit to the cavern was lovely, very pretty as far as holes in the world go and was pleasant to see. There are a lot of steps which aren't so bad on the way down but certainly a good do on the way...  more »
  • I remembered this from my childhood and it's not changed.. it's a genuine, unspoiled, historic mine. As its in a cave network, the tunnels are nice and wide, making it an ideal warm-up for the more co...  more »
  • I visited the Blue John Cavern on numerous occasions as child,Castleton is a beautiful place! So I've always wanted to take our children here and give them the wonderful memories of this majestic plac...  more »
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  • We took our daughter today for her birthday and she thoroughly enjoyed it as did we all. The guide was very knowledgable and had no problem answering questions you put to him Would definitely recommend anyone to give it a go but make sure you have a reasonably amount of fitness to you as the stairs going up take a bit out of you .
  • Really interesting tour around one of the Peak District's most prolific caverns. I was a bit worried that I would enjoy the tour more than my partner but he was like a little boy exploring. Both loved it and would highly recommend. The knowledge of our tour guide was brilliant and all staff were welcoming.
  • I went here as a child and wanted to take my children too, a good cheap day out, tour guide was very informative and friendly.
  • The Cavern is worth visiting if you are in the area. However the gents need to be updated!! Outside urinal and no sink to wash hands. I used the ladies sink 😂
  • A special place with a unique story for an one and only stone in the world :)

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