The Peak District is one of England’s centres for outdoor adventures and discovery, but did you know that underneath the national park, lies one of the countries most fascinating underground cave systems? You can now experience the world of Speedwell Cave with an incredible boat tour, through the flooded workings of this old lead mine in a spectacular boat journey through 200 years of history!

Are there any caves in the Peak District?

The Peak District is home to one of the UK's most expansive and explored cave networks - you can now explore them with these fantastic tours at Speedwell Cave! The site is about a 50 minute drive from Sheffield via the A57, or 40 minute drive from Stockport via the A6.

Speedwell is a limestone cave that lies 200 metres below ground, in the heart of the Peak District national park. It is located at the foot of Winnats Pass, high above the beautiful village of Castleton at the head of Hope Valley. Once you find the mysterious cave entrance, you’ll descend 105 steps to the underground canal, and your journey begins!

Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you through the inner-workings of this historic mine – glide quietly through its waters, absorbing the eerie silence of the water and echoes. Form a vivid picture in your mind of the lives of its workers 200 years ago, as your guide shares incredible and fascinating stories about Speedwell Cavern and its connections with natural caverns and underground rivers. You’ll uncover the mysteries of the so-called “Devil’s Arse”, where you’ll get to admire amazing rock formations and explore a bygone age.

There’s a variety of awe-inspiring sights to see at Speedwell Cave – take in the unbelievable sight of the Bottomless Pit, a cathedral-like cavern that contains a magnificent subterranean lake; discover the remains of an ancient 400 year old village, a community that lived and thrived on the production of ropes for mining; pass through the Lumbago walk deep into the cavern, where you’ll traverse the Devil’s Cellar, Pluto’s Dining Room and more! Don’t forget to take something home to remember this captivating journey at the gift store, with a variety of mementos available using minerals exclusive to the Peak District caverns.

Book your tickets now for an unforgettable trip out in the Peak District!

  • Adult £16.00
    Child (5-15) £9.00
  • April to October:
    10.00am to 5.00pm, last tour 4.00pm
    (Later tours and closing at peak times)
    November to March:
    10.00am to 4.00pm, last tour 3.00pm
  • Tours are 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Warm clothing is recommended for the tour all year-round.
  • Pay & Display car and coach parking is available.

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