Teens Tweens Primary Indoor Caves and Mines

Blue John Cavern

Blue John, Cross St, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WH
01433 620638
Average time spent - 1 hours
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Blue John is a semi-precious mineral and can only be found in Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern at Castleton in Derbyshire. The scenery in this part of Derbyshire is simply stunning. There is parking near to Blue John but as the entrance is set down in a valley you will have to park and walk a short distance.

When you enter the cave you descend some steps to an area with old mining equipment. Our tour guide then talked to us about all the different tools they used and how they mined for Blue John. A large piece of Blue John is worth a lot of money.

The cavern has really high ceilings in most places and it is a good cave to visit with little ones. You enter into a variety of different caverns. Some of them with different colours and others where a lot of the Blue John has already been mined. They have left some Blue John In situ so that visitors can see it in the rocks. Some of the caverns have also been formed by water which was interesting to see. The tour lasted for around one hour.

There are 245 steps into and out again so please bare this in mind. The caverns are not suitable for wheelchairs nor pushchairs.

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FAQ and Further Information Blue John Cavern

Is there food and drink available?

There is a small cafe on-site serving hot and cold food and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

One of only two caverns where you can see the semi-precious mineral Blue John. Go on a guided tour of the caverns. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher-priced. An adult ticket is £15.00, children 5 and over £10. Under 5’s are free. Other pricing options are available including a family ticket.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

When are they open?

Blue John Cavern is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Are they accessible?

Please contact the venue.

Review of Blue John Cavern in Castleton, Derbyshire
Review of Blue John Cavern in Castleton, Derbyshire
Mining equipment used at Blue John
Walking down into the caverns
Blue John in the rocks
Review of Blue John Cavern in Castleton, Derbyshire

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