Blue John Cavern
- Address: Cross St, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WH, UK, United States
- Phone: +44-1433620638
- Tags: Cave, Family And Kids
This is another show cave in Castleton, Derbyshire. This cave also has the semi-precious mineral called Blue John, from which the cave derives its name. Although the mineral is not mined from the cavern anymore, small amounts are extracted for making bowls, jewellery, and ornaments.There are eight working seams in Blue John Cavern. These are Twelve Vein, Old Dining Room, Bull Beef, New Dining Room, Five Vein, Organ Room, New Cavern and Landscape. The miners who continue to work in the cavern also play the role of guides during tour of the cave.
Blue John Cavern Reviews & Ratings
Amazing experience! My partner and I went as we thought it would be a funny tourist trap but were happily suprised. Chris our tour guide was funny and informative and the cavern itself is an amazing site to behold. Although a wee bit pricey worth every penny. Something I strongly recommend.
Our guide made the experience incredibly interesting! The caverns are surprisingly deep, and you'll enjoy the 247 step descent! Pace yourself going back, as you'll retrace those same steps upwards. It's not a suitable attraction for people with heart and lung conditions (and possibly some other conditions as well), and children who need to be carried (the stairs are steep at points and slippery, so you'll need to be very careful and always hold on to the railing). Dogs are allowed on short leads.
Like the other caves in the area this is a stunning place to visit full of natural beauty and wonder. So go even if you are not into spelunking you will not regret it, but please resist the urge to try pick Blue John out of the cave walls. It doesn't work and you will just break your finger nails. What did you expect it's stone. So go make a weekend trip to the area and have a great time in the nature beauty of the caves and peak District
Great cavern for someone who hasn't been before. I would warn there are a lot of stairs that have low ceilings and wet floors, so young children may not be able to climb this alone. It is the only cavern with the blue John stone so well worth the visit if you are around
A great way to spend an hour, going 350m into the ground to see lots of natural caves and a couple of Blue John seams. The staff are friendly and helpful and the tour is interesting and informative. I haven't been to any of the other caves in the area so can't compare, but this is still an enjoyable activity. There are a lot of steps and some are quite steep. I went with my (tall) 6 year old and he was OK but I was glad he wasn't any younger.