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Address: Speedwell Cavern Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WA, England
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+44 1433 623018
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Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high...

Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of Castleton. You go down 106 steps and board a boat that takes you through the workings of a 230 year old lead mine. Your guide recounts what it must have been like to carve out these tunnels using only the most primitive hand-tools, and tells you the story of the mine which opens into a huge natural chamber, the Bottomless-Pit Cavern.

Speedwell Cavern is open daily throughout the year (except Christmas Day). Tours leave at regular intervals through the day, and last for between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Like most caves in the area it is not suitable if you suffer from Claustrophobia.

There is a discounted Joint Ticket available with the nearby Peak Cavern.

There is a gift shop on site selling a wide range of souvenirs, minerals, rock and fossils together with jewellery set with the local Blue John Stone.

There is a pay & display car park on site (currently £4.00. Cavern visitors get a £2 refund voucher redeemable off ticket purchases). Tickets are transferable with Peak Cavern's car park for those on a Joint Ticket.

There is more information on the Cavern's web site.

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Morning visit with family and dogs!

We originally planned to go on Easter Sunday but fortunately phoned to ask if dogs were allowed (which they were, on knees). Fortunate as the woman told us that it was a 2 hour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Arrived and did not have to wait long. Only 4 of us on the boat so that probably didn't help the dynamics but the whole thing was rather embarrassing. The guide did his best but there didn't seem too be much to tell us about and his rehearsed jokes were very limp. He began by saying the whole mine had... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cavern lies right down the bottle of a steep hill road to Castleton from west. We felt very pleased that we dropped by. The cavern is impressive, staff is funny. We climbed the mountain right in front of it which was very enjoyable to look over great landscape of Castleton.

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Thank SarahX15
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We originally planned to go on Easter Sunday but fortunately phoned to ask if dogs were allowed (which they were, on knees). Fortunate as the woman told us that it was a 2 hour wait! We changed plans and booked the early bird online offer for Easter Monday instead, saving money and queuing! We arrived about 20 mins before our... More 

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Thank Sue H
Sandhurst, UK
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited over Easter when it was busy. We arrived at about 10:45 am and had a 45 minute wait ... apparently it gets busier through the day. It's not obvious when you join the queue but if you want to buy tickets and pay on plastic, you need to go to the shop. There is a discount voucher with... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although it was cool go underground by the end of it was a bit of ok we have done it. Also I did not realise at the time it is largely a mining tunnel to a natural cavern.

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Thank JetBoy12
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Speedwell Cavern after booking the Earlybird ticket online (it took a few goes as the website didn't recognise our ticket selection in the basket). We had been in Castleton the day before and the ladies in the Speedwell Cavern shop had been very helpful, advising us to book in advance as it would be Good Friday the... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the cavern today after pre-booking an early bird joint ticket online last week. (£58 for family of five) The car park is a set £4 price!! We arrived and joined the queue - it was very cold and wet today. Purchased coffee and hot chocolates (£2.50 for a cuppa in a paper cup!) Name got called so we... More 

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Thank SarahFuller
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself my wife and my 5 year old went to speed well just to show my daughter around a cave. All in all I think it was a great little trip. A little short and not a huge amount too see but the tour guide Ben was spectacular and amazing. I would recommend it to someone but once you have... More 

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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour guides but a bit short. The boat makes it different but did feel a bit like just going along one tunnel then coming back.

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Thank Simon F
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had no idea what to expect my wife had read about the caverns before we arrived in the Peak District and because the weather was pretty overcast we gave it a go. It was £4 car parking with £2 off the admission price of £11:50 each. Very expensive for what was a pretty uneventful hour. I think a 5er would... More 

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