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.  

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

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    Address: Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WA, UK

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    Bob Silvester

    A very beautiful place with lots of excellent views. Make sure you remember your camera. Very exposed so if windy can be quite challenging. Very steep climb so make sure you are up to it before contem...

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

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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

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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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    Kathy Cook

    Brilliant experience led by a very knowledgeable and informative guide..known as Teapot. An enjoyable afternoon followed by the fantastic Brass Band Christmas Carol Concert. Outstanding!

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    Address: Cross St

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    Chris Holbrook

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

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