Speedwell Cavern, Castleton

Cave · Nature / Park
Enter an underground cave system at Speedwell Cavern. In the heart of the Peak District National Park, descend 105 steps from the cave entrance to an underground canal. Here begin your guided boat journey through a 200 year-old lead mine. Wend your way 200 m (656 ft) below the surface of the hill before entering a cathedral-like cavern containing the Bottomless Pit, a huge subterranean lake. Book online for discounted and joint tickets. To visit Speedwell Cavern and get the most from your holiday in Castleton, create itinerary details personal to you using our Castleton travel app.
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  • Once your greeted at the mine entrance your given hard hats and then its down 106 wet and slippery steps to a waiting boat. Speedwell cavern is a old flooded lead mine that never made any money. The.....  more »
  • On trying to enter the shop to enquire about tickets, over 10 people kept coming in, despite a six people rule. I was pushed to one side, when I complained that there were too many people in the shop....  more »
  • Is this the biggest cavern you'll ever see? No. Is this the deepest cavern you'll ever see? No. Is this the most impressive cavern you'll ever see? No again. Is this the wettest caver you'll ever...  more »
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  • This was just fantastic, you collect your hard helmet in the air lock and then meet your guide. Ours was Nigel and the enthusiasm and passion this guy has is 100%. You then set off down the 106 steps to get into the boat. I was very unsure if I would be OK with the tight space but this was fine. You get great knowledge on the tour. The cave at the is a cave but the information Nigel gives you brings it to life. Overall this was a great tour for our party of 5 including an 12 year old who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Remember you have 106 steps to climb to come out. It says the temperature was 10 degrees but I was in shorts and TShirt and yes it was cool but certainly not overbearing. Would I visit again, probably yes but aim for an early bird and save yourself some cash. There is a great gift shop when you come out where you can by drinks and ice cream and these are at a reasonable price. Thank you very much for a great experience.
  • This is different to other caves in the area - the whole trip is on a boat in the narrow tunnels. Enjoyable boat ride but a few worried children on other boats as it is dark etc. The area at the end of the tunnel is a little limited but it does mean you have plenty of time for any photos. Amusing guides it certainly feels unique. Gift shop is well stocked and toilets are available across the road in the car park. The queues can get large, so get there early if it is the busy season.
  • Easy parking, very super hiking place! Family with friends and kids. Beautiful landscape! You can buy gifts, fridge magnets, postcards, minerals and much more. Coffee, water, ice cream, available! I can recommend it to everyone to see this place because you will not be disappointed! Have a nice time everyone and have a nice day!
  • The cavern was nice and tour made to be an enjoyable experience due to our enthusiastic tour guide. However the wait to enter the cavern after we had bought our ticket was 2 hours - I wouldn't say this is worth it. There are plenty other caverns around the surrounding area to experience that are probably more extravagant and breathtaking. Save your money and time and skip this attraction I'd say. If you really want to ride a boat inside one of these mining caves however, it might be worth going.
  • A truly stunning place part man made part natural cave. You must, absolutely must visit at least once in your life. Brave the steps, hop on the boat, yes I said boat propelled by a fit man laying on his back and travel to a wonder of nature. An experience you will never forget

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