The Speedwell Cavern is one of the four show caves in Castleton.
It consists of a horizontal lead miners' adit (a level passageway driven horizontally into the hillside) leading to the cavern itself - a limestone cave.
The lower part of the adit and the floor of the cavern are always flooded, resulting in Speedwell Cavern's unusual feature: the visitor makes the journey into the cave by boat. At the end of the adit, the visitor gets out the boat and walks into the cave to see the fluorspar veins, the stalactites and stalagmites, and the so-called 'Bottomless Pit'.
Enter the inner world of the underground cave system in the heart of the Peak District National Park and soak up the atmosphere as a watery silence echoes all around you. Set at the foot of the stunning Winnats Pass, high above the village of Castleton, Speedwell Cavern takes you on an unbelievable underground boat journey.
Glide silently through the workings of a 200 year old lead mine. Imagine what it must have been like to carve out these tunnels using only the most primitive tools as your guide retells the story of the mine which opens into a network of natural caverns and underground rivers.
Visit the gift shop and take home something to remember the peculiar splendour of your journey into the depths of speedwell cavern. A wide choice of gifts and mementos is available including jewellery made from the exclusive Blue John stone - the superb flourospar mineral unique to the Peak District Caverns.
Visit Speedwell Cavern’s website for details of opening times and admission charges.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015