Treak Cliff Cavern
...Blue John mine
Treak Cliff Cavern is of international fame and geological importance. It has been a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for many years and by agreement with English Nature all the Blue John Stone deposits on the visitor route are preserved.
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Treak Cliff Cavern is renowned as the most beautiful of Castleton's caverns - an underground wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone, rock and cave formations, minerals and fossils, all of great interest and beauty.
Thousands of casual visitors, schools and organised parties have already enjoyed the tour through the Dream Cave, Aladdin's Cave, the Fairyland Grotto, the Dome of St Paul’s, the Fossil Cave and the Witch’s Cave during a quarter mile tour lasting about 40 minutes.
The caverns are tastefully illuminated by electric lighting and the footpaths are clean, safe and non-slip with steps here and there to make the going easy.
Enter an Ancient Underground Wonderland in the Heart of the Peak District National Park. Your guide will explain how miners in the 1750's constructed a tunnel using only hand tools to reach the Blue John Stone deposits inside the hill.
You will see veins of Blue John Stone across the cave roof, and 'The Pillar', the largest piece ever found. Your guide will point out fossils in the limestone rock which formed the hillside above you 330 million years ago.
You enter the mysterious Witch's Cave where even richer deposits of Blue John Stone are revealed. The guided tour descends even deeper into the hill where you will experience the wonder of underground limestone cave formations. Multi-coloured flowstone adorns the walls of Alladin's Cave.
Stalacites and stalagmites decorate Fairyland and the Dream Cave. The most famous formation is 'The Stork', standing on one leg! During your tour the guide will explain where Blue John Stone came from, how rushing water made the caverns, and how stalactites are formed.
Back on the outside, you can enjoy tea and coffee made from water collected inside the cavern, or browse in our shop where there is a selection of jewellery and ornaments made from Blue John Stone.
Attentive service is offered in the shop and kiosk and the helpful and informative guides will be pleased to answer any questions.
Flash and video photography is permitted and dogs can be admitted if on a lead.
Polish your own Blue John Stone
This activity is usually available during school holidays, when people of all ages can select, prepare and polish a slice of Blue John to take home. Telephone for details to avoid disappointment.
Castleton Gift Shop
Situated on Cross Street in the centre of the village. Open every day except Christmas Day* (weather permitting)
10am to 5pm. Later at weekends and Bank Holidays. Also late night opening for Christmas Shopping.
Car and coach park
Family Tickets available
Covered and outdoor picnic facilities
Flash and video photography allowed
Special admission prices for educational and other groups
School workpack available
Directions and opening times
Treak Cliff Cavern is situated on Buxton Road close to the west end of the village.
Castleton is situated at the centre of the Peak National Park on the A6187 (formally A625), 16 miles from Sheffield and 29 miles from Manchester, within easy reach of the M1 and M6 motorways.
A shuttle bus from Edale and Hope railway stations linking the caverns and Castleton operates at weekends and on Bank Holidays throughout the year, along with a daily bus service from Sheffield to Castleton.
National Rail Line: 0345 48 49 50
Derbyshire Bus Line: 01298 23098
Open all year except Christmas and New Year* (weather permitting)
1st March to 30th October open 9:30am
Last tour, 4:20pm or 4:45pm
1st November to 28th February open 10:00am
Last tour, 3:20pm
Last Updated: 26 Sep 2017