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Treak Cliff Cavern is a show cave near Castleton in Derbyshire, England. It is part of the Castleton Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of only two sites where the ornamental mineral Blue John is still excavated (the other is the nearby Blue John Cavern). As part of an agreement with English Nature, the Blue John that can be seen in the show cave is not mined but it is extracted in small quantities from other areas of the cave and made into saleable items like bowls, jewellery, and ornaments.To visit Treak Cliff Cavern on your holiday in Castleton, and find out what else Castleton has to offer, use our Castleton.
The cave comprises two sections, the Old Series, discovered by lead miners in the 18th century, and the New Series, discovered during blasting in the 1920s. Only the Old Series contains Blue John, but the New Series is well decorated with flowstone, stalagmites, and stalactites. Three human skeletons and flint implements from the Neolithic era were found in a small cave nearby in 1921.
Treak Cliff Cavern reviews
Lovely cavern with some good features, not really worth money . Not good if you’re not capable of climbing hills, it’s a fair steep walk up.
Lovely cavern with some good features, not really worth money . Not good if you’re not capable of climbing hills, it’s a fair steep walk up. more »
The tour is self led with an app you download before you start. This means you can take as long as you want and make sure you don’t miss anything. There are also displays with more fascinating...
The tour is self led with an app you download before you start. This means you can take as long as you want and make sure you don’t miss anything. There are also displays with more fascinating... more »
Lovely place to visit , the cavern itself is really good inside , use the app to listen to a guided tour which was interesting too , staff were friendly upon visiting , shop was good and not overly expensive to take a gift home. The attraction itself is not long maybe an hour at the most but once you come out you can climb the hills by the entrance and see some fantastic views in itself , in fact they are stunning views of the area. Well worth a visit 👍
Definitely the best Cavern in Castleton, wear good grip footwear as there is a steep climb up the steps and slope and up to the entrance, but has a useful handrail, and in the Cavern and back down to the road. Inside the Cavern it's stunning and the ceiling is quite low so watch your head and make sure you have something warm to put on as it's quite cold. Staff are very helpful and friendly, shop is well stocked and café has reasonable prices as well parking is free.
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