15 Best Things To Do in Castleton, United Kingdom

by Ketki Hanamshet Updated on 15 Oct 2018

Castleton is a stunning village located at the head of the hope valley which is in the heart of the popular Peak District National Park. Castleton tourist attractions are highly underrated. This small village of England is popular for its history, show caves, Christmas lights, Cave Dale, Winnats Pass, garland ceremony, and shops. Overlooked by the Mam tor and surrounded by hillsides Castleton points of interest are filled with natural beauty. Some of the best places to visit in Castleton are Peak district National park and Peveril Castle. If you have selected this great place as your destination for this year’s vacation, then you should check out the list of 15 things to do in Castleton that we have prepared.

Here's the list of 15 best things to do in Castleton:

1. Peak District National Park

Peak District National Park was the very first national park of Britain. The Peak District National Park was established in the year 1951. This national park is now considered to be one of the most famous tourist attractions of the region as it attracts tourists from all over the world. People from different parts of the world come at Peak District National Park for finding tranquility, adventure, and peace. You will be surprised to know that this National Park also offers shelter to 38,000 people. The local economy depends on farming, tourism, manufacturing, and quarrying.    

2. Peveril Castle

The ruins of Peveril Castle still stand high above the beautiful village of Castleton. This castle is considered to be one of the earliest Norman Fortresses of England. On visiting the castle, you will get to enjoy the breathtaking views with your family over the hope valley. You will be surprised to know that the Peveril Castle was built mainly to serve or act as an administrative center for lead mining operations. Originally constructed by William Peveril, the beautiful castle was later seized by Henry II.   

3. Peak Cavern 

Are you looking for a place where you can relax as well as have the option of learning about the area and enjoy music? If yes then you should definitely consider going to Peal Cavern. Peak Cavern is also famous among locals by the name of “Devil’s Arse.” You will be surprised to know that Peak Cavern is one of the best and widely popular show caves among the four show caves in the beautiful Castleton. On your visit to Peak Cavern you will get to see historic rope making works of Peak Cavern, and the year-round music events will surely make you fall in love with this place. 

4. Speedwell Cavern 

Like Devil’s Arse Speedwell Cavern is also a popular cave of Castleton. If you are an adventurer and have a thing for experiencing new thing, then you should head straight to the Speedwell Cavern. On your visit to this place, you will get to enjoy breathtaking boat trip that too 450m under the beautiful hills of Castleton. You will get to see the awesome bottomless pit and experience the life that mine workers used to live in this popular 18th-century lead mine. You should know that on booking tickets to Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern you will get to save money.

5. Cave Dale

If you love hiking, then we are sure you will surely love Cave Dale. It is one of the famous tourist attractions of Castleton. You can hike from Cave Dale Man Tor. The hike is steep and winding, but the beautiful view that you will get to enjoy is priceless.  

6. Blue John Cavern 

The Blue John Cavern located in Castleton in the Peak District is quite famous. The main attraction of Blue John Cavern is that it is home to eight varieties if Blue John Stone (a beautiful ornamental flour spur). You should know that there are fourteen varieties of Blue John Stone. The Blue John Cavern gives you a glimpse of the mining work and inside of the cavern. You can also be a part of guided tours that are conducted at regular short intervals. This trip will be enlightening for young as well as old visitors. You can also purchase light refreshments, items of blue john and giftware from the popular Cavern Shop. 

7. Winnats Pass

A tough climb which heads to west through the steep limestone cleft is known as Winnats Pass. During the climb, you will get to enjoy the natural amphitheater which will have rock facing the road on either side and steep slopes. There is no doubt in the fact that it is an excellent location and if you love natural sceneries then for sure you should consider taking up the challenge to visit this location. However, you should know that the popular Winnats Pass can be busy because of motor traffic.  

8. Peak Mountaineering Day Tours 

If you have become tired of climbing indoor walls and have the desire to experience the real thing, then Castleton is a place that won’t disappoint you. Well, we won’t ask you to head straight to cliffs and mountain on your own, but we will suggest you to join Peak Mountaineering Day Tours. On booking for the Peak Mountaineering Day Tours, you will get your own instructor who will instruct and teach you some basic things about climbing. 

9. Crich Tramway Village 

Everyone loves taking a ride on the tram; we think that you too can be counted as a tram lover. Of you relay have the desire to experience lovely tram ride then you should head straight to Crich Tramway Village which is the home of famous national tramway Museum. You will get to ride a stunning vintage tram through a beautiful period street and after that onto open countryside. We guarantee you that you will have a blast in the Crich Tramway Village. 

10. Treak Cliff Cavern 

Treak Cliff Cavern is a popular tourist attraction in Castleton. We have been to other caves in the area too, but as per our experience, the Treak Cliff Cavern is one of the most underappreciated caves in the area. On your visit to the Treak Cliff Cavern, you will get to see man-made mine which will also have a massive amount of Blue John. You will have your tour guide who will show you around. This place is ideal for people of all ages.  

11. Kinder Scout

If you are in search of the most challenging, rewarding and famous walks inside the Peak District National Park then like most of the people we would suggest you to try Kinder Scout. The Kinder Scout s accessible from Hayfield and Edale, and we assure you that this journey will give you the glimpse of the true beauty and diversity of the famous Peak District. You should know that it is the highest point in the popular Peak District; therefore, you should brace yourself for some unforgettable views.  

12. Derwent Dam

This valley is quite popular among locals as well as tourists as it offers visitors a mix of woodland and water that too within the surrounding moorland. You should know that Derwent Dam is quite popular and is a great place to hang out with family members and close friends. Before you head to the Derwent Dam, you should know that because of its immense popularity and the availability of limited parking space you might not get parking space to park your vehicle at peak times. 

13. Rivelin Valley Nature Trail

The breathtaking Rivelin Valley Nature Trail takes visitors through the spectacular Rivelin River Valley. The beautiful setting of trail running amidst attractive woodland and the sight of the rushing river on one side of the trail makes this trail beautiful and unique. Along the beautiful way, you will also pass a series of weirs, and waterfalls where you will get to see a variety of interesting and beautiful flora and fauna. 

14. Go Ape Buxton

Enjoy the beauty of nature while making your way through the award-winning and popular Go Ape Buxton. Go Ape Buxton is at 1.200 feet height and in reality, it is the tallest Go Ape course (in England). The first thing that you will have to do after visiting Go Ape Buxton will be joining a quick safety briefing. After the completion of safety briefing, you will be free to gather your courage in order to explore six different stunning sections across the treetops. All the six sections will be filled with Tarzan Swings, epic zip wires, and rope bridges. The longest wire in Go Ape Buxton is 159m long, and we assure you no matter how much courage you have, you too will need few seconds to psyche up and be ready to take the plunge.   

15. Monsal Trail 

Monsal Trail is basically a traffic-free route which ideal for cyclists, horse riders, wheelchair users, and walkers. This trail passes through the spectacular limestone dales of the area. If you are looking for a place where you can take a long walk in the relaxing environment, then we would suggest you to visit the Monsal Trail.  

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Author: Ketki Hanamshet
Usually lost in a reverie, Ketki is someone who absolutely refuses to live in the practical world. While she has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, she should be honored mastery in procrastination. If you see her slouching on a couch, ask...

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    Treak Cliff Cavern

    Tags: Cavern, Tour

    Address: Buxton Rd, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WP, UK

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Treak Cliff Cavern is an appealing show cave made of carboniferous limestone that will leave you stunned with wonder. The cavern is divided into two parts, old series, and new series. You can see ...Read more

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    Mam Tor Image
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    Address: Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WA, UK

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    Andy Birks

    Usually very busy especially on a clear day. Stepped path to and from the top, depending on your ability and the weather can be very easy to very difficult. For the infirm or elderly think hard work. ...

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    Address: Castleton Car Park, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WH, UK

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    Seb Fetea

    An easy access car park which welcomes coaches and minibuses for a reasonable fare. It's the largest thing in Castleton so you cannot miss it.

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    Speedwell Cavern

    Tags: Cavern

    Address: Winnats Pass, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WA, UK

    Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Speedwell Cavern is one of the four show caves in Hope Valley which you may explore through a boat ride. How many times do you get to explore an 18th century mine? Here you will have a fantastic oppor...Read more

  5. # 5 of 13 Things To Do in Castleton | Added 89 times in trip plans
    Sherborne Old Castle Image
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    Address: Castleton, West Kennet Long Barrow

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    Haley Cohen

    A very pleasant bit of ruins to visit. It's got a lot of charm and is a fun stop if you're in the area. Small gift shop is fun to peruse.

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    Address: Peak Cavern Rd

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    Alice

    Great guided tour of a working blue john mine. Lots of interesting information on the rock, history and how its mined but not one for decorated cave. Would recommend a visit for the information...

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    Address: Cross St

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    Chris Holbrook

    We drove by on the way back from Manchester a couple of weeks ago and decided to go back and check out Speedwell Cavern.. Great call, our children {6 and 9} were a little unsure at first but we're soo...

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    Address: Castle St, Castleton, Hope Valley S33, UK

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  • Peveril Castle

    Market Pl

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Peak Cavern

    Peak Cavern Rd

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Beauchief Abbey

    Beauchief Abbey Lane

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • The Sheffield General Cemetery Trust

    The Gatehouse, Cemetery Ave

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Stockport Air Raid Shelters

    61 Chestergate

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Bramall Hall

    Bramhall Park Rd

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Carrbrook Angling Club

    5 Alphingate Close

    Lakes
  • Digley Reservoir

    Digley Royd Lane

    Lakes
  • Underbank Outdoor Activity Centre

    Oaks Lane

    Lakes
  • Padley Gorge

    Lakes
  • The Blue Lagoon

    Lakes
  • Tittesworth reservoir

    Lakes
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  • Castleton Visitors Centre

    Buxton Rd

    Museums Landmarks
  • Bishops House

    Norton Lees Lane

    Museums Landmarks
  • Wortley Top Forge

    Forge Lane

    Museums
  • Museum of the Manchester Regiment

    Ashton Town Hall, Market Pl

    Museums Landmarks
  • Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

    Terrace Rd

    Museums
  • Staircase House

    30/31 Market Pl

    Museums
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  • Parkwood Karting

    Parkwood Rd

    Landmarks Amusement Parks
  • Leisure Technical Consultants

    2 Commercial Brow

    Amusement Parks
  • T E Cordwell Hyde

    85 Old St

    Amusement Parks
  • Brian Newton

    41 Market Ave

    Amusement Parks
  • Quicksilver

    25 Haymarket

    Amusement Parks
  • Jungle Mania Play Centres

    Coleford Rd

    Amusement Parks
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  • The Swan

    40 High St

    Bars
  • The Roebuck Tavern

    72 Charles St

    Bars
  • The Beehive

    Albion Rd

    Bars
  • Queens Arms

    Church Rd

    Bars
  • The Globe

    144 High St West

    Bars Restaurants
  • The Kings Head

    62 Yeoman St

    Bars Restaurants
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  • William Hill

    10 Melbourne St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Gala Bingo

    1 Kilner Way

    Casinos and Gaming Landmarks
  • William Hill

    420 Manchester Rd

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Grosvenor Casino Stockport

    59 Wellington St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • William Hill

    171 West St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Gala Bingo

    299 Cricket Inn Rd

    Casinos and Gaming Landmarks
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  • Reddish Vale Visitors Centre

    Reddish Vale

    Natural Parks
  • Teggs Nose Country Park

    Buxton Old Rd

    Natural Parks
  • Werneth Low Country Park

    Lower Higham Farm/Higham Lane

    Natural Parks
  • Middlewood Way

    Adlington Rd

    Urban Parks Natural Parks
  • Chestnut Centre

    Castleton Rd

    Natural Parks
  • Cannon Hall Farm

    Bark House Lane

    Natural Parks
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  • Riverside Park

    Beechwood Mews

    Dog Parks
  • Graves Park

    Woodland Rd

    Playgrounds Dog Parks
  • Nabs Wood

    Dog Parks
  • Lady Canning's Plantation

    Dog Parks
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  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Beaches
  • Lake View, Ireland

    Beaches
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  • Sett Valley Trail

    Station Rd

    Landmarks Hiking
  • Treeton Woodcraft

    Hiking
  • The Roaches

    Landmarks Hiking
  • Goyt Valley

    Peak District National Park

    Landmarks Hiking
  • Whitely Woods

    Hiking
  • Gillfield Woods

    Hiking
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