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Peak District Attractions - Treak Cliff Cavern - Castleton

    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 Aladdin's Cave. Stalactites 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 Treak Cliff 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.




    Prices of Admission 2019

    Admittance to the Treak Cliff Cavern caves is by Guided Tour only. We regret that unaccompanied visits are not possible.

    Credit cards accepted (no fee)

    Tours are approximately every half hour throughout the day and last around 40 minutes.
    During busy periods there may be extra tours for visitors’ convenience.
    Minimum 2 persons per tour.


    Adults £10.50
    Children (5 to 15 Yrs) £5.60
    Under 5’s are free

    Discounted Prices / Concessions

    Family (2 Adults & 2 Children £29.00 (extra children £5.00 each)
    Senior Citizen (in receipt of state pension) £9.50
    Student and YHA members (with card) £9.50
    Student 16 to 18 YRS inclusive (6th form level) £7.75

    Group Rates

    Adult group rate £9.50 (minimum 10 people)
    Group bookings should be booked in advance anytime from 10am to 3pm


    Primary   £5.30
    Secondary   £5.50
    Sixth Form   £7.50
    College / University   £7.75

    1 free teacher / helper admission with every 10 students
    additional adults £4.00 each (complimentary tea or coffee for teachers / helpers)

    SEN (special educational needs) groups – £6.00 each
    SEN (special educational needs) helpers – £6.00 each

    For more information about school visits including teachers’ resources and risk assessment please see the main Schools Page.

    Special Events

    For admission to special events such as the Carols by Candlelight please see the main News and Events page.

    Opening Times

    March 1st to October 31st: 10.00am – 5.00pm
    The last tour is at 4.15.

    Because the tour finishes at the same time as the Cavern closes for the day we suggest that visitors arrive roughly 15 to 30 minutes before the start of the last tour if they would like to take advantage of the gift shop, museum and visitor centre facilities.

    November 1st to February 28th: 10.00am – 4.00pm
    The last tour is at 3.15pm.

    Again, because the tour finishes at the same time as the Cavern closes for the day we suggest that visitors arrive roughly 15 to 30 minutes before the start of the last tour if they would like to take advantage of the gift shop, museum and visitor centre facilities.

    The Cavern is closed on Christmas Day.

    We are open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day from 12.00 noon til 4pm on both days (last tour is at 3.20pm).

    At quiet times and to avoid disappointment if you are visiting on your own please call us on 01433 621 487 to check whether a tour will be running at the time you will be visiting.

    General Tour Info

    Unaccompanied Visits

    We regret that members of the public cannot visit the caves unattended; they must be accompanied by one of our guides. This is for health and safety reasons.

    Clothing and footwear

    The underground temperature is 10°C (50°F) so we advise that you wear suitable clothing. The cavern floor is constantly wet due to the natural underground environment; therefore suitable footwear must be worn within the underground area. Please be aware that the most ‘sensible’ footwear can cause an individual to slip.


    Due to the natural contours of the hillside above and below ground, the cavern is not suitable for wheelchairs. Walking disabled can be accommodated and extra helpers where necessary are allowed into the cavern at no charge. Please phone 01433 620571 or email us for further information to see how we can help. Our Risk Assessment also provides more detailed information.


    Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a lead.

    Risk Assessment

    A detailed assessment of the cavern can be downloaded from the link below.


    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. However, Blue John Stone is regularly mined in Treak Cliff Cavern, from areas not seen by visitors. This is then crafted into fine jewellery, small bowls, ornaments and other decorative items.

    Blue John Gems on Cross Street in Castleton stocks a wide range of Blue John Jewellery, ornaments and general giftware. Our Blue John is mined and turned at Treak Cliff Cavern.

    For Further Information please contact us on 01433 620519 or visit our website

    Looking for somewhere different for your child’s birthday party?  Here at Treak Cliff Cavern we have just what you looking for.
    The Package Includes; A tour of the Cavern, Party bags, Decorated party room and Polish your own Blue John Stone activity.

    Children - £7.00 per child
    Adults - £3.50 per adult
    SPECIAL OFFER -  1 Adult free with every 10 children

    Advance booking is essential – visit the Treak Cliff Cavern website or call 01433 621 487 to check availability




    Polish Your Own Blue John Stone 
    Saturday 13th July to Sunday 8th September 2019
    Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019



    Carols By Candlelight 2019

    Saturday 7th December 2019
    Sunday 8th December 2019
    Saturday 14th December 2019
    Sunday 15th December 2019
    Saturday 21st December 2019
    Sunday 22nd December 2019
    Tuesday 24th December 2019 (12.00 noon start)


    Tickets are on sale from September 1st 2019.
    Advance booking is essential. 
    Adults  £12.00
    Children £6.00
    under 5s free
    Please book online here or call into the gift shop.
    Telephone bookings can be made by calling 01433 620 534.

    When contacting Treak Cliff Cavern please mention you found them on Peak District Online

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