Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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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  • forced the missus to take me here, and we both went for a trip down the mine - what can I say FANTASTIC doesn't even come close!!! The guide was knowledgeable, and answered questions, and didn't over-...  read more »
  • I remember visiting as a child and would never have gone back if it wasn't for a family friends school project. Wow. What a surprise. Excellent guide and some wonderful caverns and a great history of ...  read more »
  • On first arriving in Castleton, it is somewhat difficult to decide which cavern one should visit. If you have enough time you may well decide to visit all four, but if like us, you really only have ti...  read more »
  • A short tour (¬£9.50) through some very interesting and amazing caverns. Worth a visit for some history of the past and great pictures. Guides were more than happy to answer our questions and were friendly :)
  • Great tour very nice people. Nothing scary inside the caves very family friendly
  • Awesome guides, beautiful place (two different kinds of caves with a nice story behind) and nice store with good prices. Not to mention the wonderful view from up the hill. Highly recommended!
  • The tour is great if you want to learn more about the development of the blue John mining operations in the area. Trinkets are reasonably priced at the gift shop.
  • our last visit to the caves in the castleton area, we had done the other 3 so had to see if Treak was any good. have to say it was well worth the visit. nicest stalactites in the area. we where on the tour with a group of school kids so the guide was giving his schoolkid version of the tour. plenty of jokes and giggles. made a change from some of the drier tours i have been on.
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