Speedwell Cavern | Day Out With The Kids

Speedwell Cavern

5 star Rating 5 / 5 1 reviews

Castleton, Derbyshire, England

Attraction Information

  • Caves and Mines icon Caves and Mines

Ages: 4+

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

Speedwell Cavern takes you on an incredible underground journey by boat. Enter the inner world of the underground cave system in the heart of the Peak District National Park and absorb the atmosphere as a watery silence echoes all around you.

Set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of Castleton, Speedwell Cavern takes you on an incredible underground boat journey.

Descend the 105 steps from the almost hidden cavern entrance to the landing stage of an underground canal where you step on to your tour guide boat.

From here you glide through the workings of a 200 year old lead mine. Picture in your mind what it must have been like to carve out these tunnels using only the most primitive tools as your guide recounts the story of the mine which opens into a network of natural caverns and underground rivers.

At Halfway House the canal tunnel splits into two to allow oncoming boats to pass as you wend your way 200 meters below the surface of the hill before entering a magnificent cathedral-like cavern containing the awesome Bottomless Pit: a huge subterranean lake!


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Getting There and Contact Information


Winnats Pass, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WA, England


Click here to visit Speedwell Cavern's website
01433 620512

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

1st April - 31st October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

1st November - 31st March
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


General Admission
Adults (16+): £12.00
Kids (5-15): £10.00
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £40.00

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes

More Information

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome

Clothing requirements

It is recommended to wear warm clothing and to wear non slip shoes. 

Guest suitability

Owing to the nature of the cavern, Speedwell Cavern may not be suitable for all disabled visitors. Please call or email for information before your visit to avoid disappointment.

Parking facilities

Pay and display car parking is available with a discount scheme for Cavern visitors.


Had a fab but cold time

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Anonymous . 23.12.15

Took my 2 boys (4 & 5) today and they really enjoyed it . The guide Matt was very informative and really knew his stuff. But as you can expect it was very cold so make sure you have your winter woollies on !