Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

4.5
#3 of 10 in Nature in Peak District National Park
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Treak Cliff Cavern is a show cave near Castleton in Derbyshire, England. It is part of the Castleton Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of only two sites where the ornamental mineral Blue John is still excavated (the other is the nearby Blue John Cavern). As part of an agreement with English Nature, the Blue John that can be seen in the show cave is not mined but it is extracted in small quantities from other areas of the cave and made into saleable items like bowls, jewellery and ornaments.The cave comprises two sections, the Old Series, discovered by lead miners in the 18th century, and the New Series, discovered during blasting in the 1920s. Only the Old Series contains Blue John, but the New Series is well decorated with flowstone, stalagmites and stalactites. Three human skeletons and flint implements from the Neolithic era were found in a small cave nearby in 1921.
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  • We had a tour through the mind led by Ralph. There were only four of us so it was easy to ask questions and find out all about the history of the mine and the blue John that is found uniquely in that ...  more »
  • Having a good guide is a must for places like Treak Cliff Cavern. Katie was marvelous, so well informed and enthusiastic about not only all aspects of the cavern, geology and mining but the surroundin...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the tour.. ralph the tour guide very friendly and really new what he was talking about.. I don't normally like this sort of thing but my partner really wanted to see it, glad I went wit...  more »
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  • Brilliant. Great tour guide. Good price. Very informative and interesting. Better than blue john caven (even has more blue john in it)
  • A very big thank you to Katy who showed us the cavern. She blended enthusiasm, knowledge with a very cheerful disposition. The tour is detailed enough for those with an interest in geology and yet she manages to add amusing asides and observations that children would enjoy. Even our dog Scally enjoyed the wander underground. I highly recommend Treak Cliff Cavern to any combination of visitors. We also enjoyed the feeding of Harley Davidson, her bird of prey. An added bonus. All the staff were most welcoming.
  • Interesting place, from the beginning family business till now. One of the biggest mine in the world of "bleujeune " called by locals "blue John" ;) fantastic tour guide!
  • Largest column of Blue John in the UK, excellent guide who provided the history of the mine and local area and just three people on the tour, free parking , rest area outside and a nice shop. All the guides have a good banter which makes the tours educational and funny.
  • Very informative and friendly staff tour lasted about 1 hour large interesting cave

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