Know Before You Go – Covid-19 visitor information CLICK HERE

Itinerary Planner

Welcome to the Itinerary Planner. Use this tool to build your own journey or choose from an exciting range of specially selected tours.

To build your own Itinerary, click Add to Excursion to add an item to your Itinerary basket.

Treak Cliff Cavern

Type:Cave/Cavern Attraction

Buxton Road
Castleton Hope Valley
Derbyshire
S33 8WP
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel01433 620571

Tel07442 504762

Add Treak Cliff Cavern to your Itinerary

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 820 reviews820 reviews
Treak Cliff Cavern

About

Experience an Underground Wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils, and Home to the unique mineral Blue John Stone, found only in Treak Cliff Hill, at Castleton, Derbyshire. Treak Cliff Cavern is world famous for it's large visible deposits of Blue John Stone, and the finest Stalactites in the PeakDistrict. The Cavern is located on a steep hill, 10 minutes walk up 80 steps in easy stages, from the car park, so there is NO wheelchair access to the Entrance buildings or through the cavern itself, although Walking Disabled visitors may be accomadated.

Mined for the rare Blue John ornamental mineral for over 300 years, the Visitor Attraction is a family run business, operated by the Harrison family, continuously since 1945.  The Treak Cliff crafts people continue the traditions of mining, processing, manufacturing and retailing  Blue John Stone jewellery, mineral specimens and ornaments in the on site workshops.

Prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, visitors could experience the Polish Your Own Blue John Stone Activity, working with the crafts people,to create a polished  piece of Blue John, but this is suspended for the time being, hoping to re start the activities in August or September 2020.

Recently, a successful grant application from the European Regional Development Fund has contributed to new displays, a museum, and facilities in the Cavern Visitor Centre. These illustrate the family, and the history of Treak Cliff Cavern: its formation, discovery and development, with the people who care for it.

Tours of the Cavern are Self Guided Audio on your own Smart Phone via an APP and bluetooth beacons, you may wish to bring your own head phones too.

Timed entry is every 10 minutes, the tour lasts approx 45 minues, booked preferably online to ensure your place, with entry beginning at 10am throughout the day until  last entry at 4pm.

Each EntryTime is for a minimum of 2 and a maximumof 10 people, limited to your own couple, family or social group, so that you can enjoy your experience in your own Social Bubble. Safety information is delivered along your route and there are hand sanitizer stations on the hand rails throughout the cavern and the buildings. You may have to queue for the retail shop and the Museum as social distancing measures and markers are in place around the site.

 

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

See website for details

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • Derbyshire AwardsPeak District & Derbyshire - Tourism Awards 2022 - Resilience and Innovation - Bronze Award Peak District & Derbyshire - Tourism Awards 2022 - Resilience and Innovation - Bronze Award 2022
  • Derbyshire AwardsPeak District & Derbyshire - Tourism Awards 2022 - Visitor Attraction - Silver Award Peak District & Derbyshire - Tourism Awards 2022 - Visitor Attraction - Silver Award 2022

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Assistance dogs welcome

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities - Please ask a member of staff if you need to use this facility.
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place - Where 2m social distancing is not possible then 1m is indicated instead
  • 2m distancing in place - 2m social distancing is possible throughout the Underground, and visitors can also keep 1m from others within their time slot Social Bubble too.
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit - Timed Cavern Entry slots, every 10 minutes from 10am to 4pm throughout the day, minimum 2 and max 10 people from the same social group or household, per slot.
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff - Hand sanitiser located on the hand rails throughout the cavern, as well as in the shop etc.
  • Interactive displays closed
  • Online booking only - On line booking is preferred, but if there are timed slots available we can accommodate walk in visitors.
  • Online booking possible - On line booking is preferred , however if there are timed entry slots available we can take walk in visitors too.
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Queuing system
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Time limited visits - Self-guided audio tours using your own Smart phone, entry to the cave every 10 minutes, guided through the Cavern by blue tooth beacons, the tour lasts approx 45 minutes.

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Languages

  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Italian signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals - Self-guided audio tours on your OWN Smart Phone via an App delivered via blue tooth beacons
  • Guided tours mandatory
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Single sex groups welcomed

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Open all year except 25th December.
Tours are Self guided audio
1st March to 31st October - 9am until 5pm
1st November - 29th February - 10am until 4pm
See website for further details

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      572
    • Very Good
      193
    • Average
      38
    • Poor
      11
    • Terrible
      6

    Recent Reviews:

    • spottydog50
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Highly recommended visit - our favourite cavern in the area
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 23rd August 2022
      We very much enjoyed this attraction - the self guided tour was an excellent way to learn as much as we wanted to, it was explained well, and meant we could set our own comfortable pace. it was fine... Read full review
    • Michael B
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Subterranean Wonders
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th September 2022
      Had a great visit to the Treak Cliff Cavern. You download the App on your phone and then enter the Cave for a 'self-guided' tour. The tour commentary is available in several European languages and is... Read full review
    • TwoPintsPlease
      Santa Fe, New Mexico
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Breathtaking!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 17th September 2022
      Took the self-guided tour and it was fantastic! Make sure you download the app (free) so you can listen as you go through the caverns. Love that it is self-paced. We were able to spend more time in... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    From M1 Junc 29 to Chesterfield. Follow brown tourist signs for Chatsworth until you reach Baslow. Then follow signs for Grindleford & Hathersage. At the T junction in Hathersage turn left on to A6187 and remain on that road to Castleton, and follow brown tourist signs for Treak Cliff Cavern.From Sheffield - A625 to Hathersage. A6187 to Castleton.By bus No. 272 to Castleton.From Manchester - Follow A6 signposted Buxton to Chapel-en-le-Frith then use A625 to Castleton. Follow signpost for 'Castleton Caverns'.

    Follow us

    What's Nearby

    1. Edale Gathering

      Luxurious glamping on a private family farm at the start of the Pennine Way. Tented…

      1.92 miles away
    2. Underleigh House

      Secluded cottage and barn conversion near the village with magnificent countryside views.…

      2.09 miles away
    3. Oaker Farm Cottages & Haddy's Hut

      Three cottages converted from a former dairy and barns to a high standard, along with a…

      2.22 miles away
    4. Laneside Caravan Park

      High standard of amenities. Well-tended grounds and spotless facilities. Riverside…

      2.29 miles away
    1. Shoulder of Mutton

      Comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the beautiful village of Bradwell, The…

      2.73 miles away
    2. Thorndene B&B

      Thorndene B & B, established in 2010, in the beautiful Hope Valley, the boundary between…

      2.94 miles away
    3. Yorkshire Bridge Inn

      There is no other area in Britain that offers such contrasting scenery as that found in…

      4.28 miles away
    4. Merman Barn B&B

      A high quality B&B within easy reach of Bakewell, Buxton, Chatsworth, Castleton and many…

      4.44 miles away
    5. The Merchant’s Yard Restaurant, Bar & Rooms

      Since opening The Merchant’s Yard in Tideswell in late 2015 and establishing ourselves…

      4.68 miles away
    6. Bretton Cottage

      A TOP QUALITY AWARD WINNING LUXURY B & B. An impressive former 17th Century Farmhouse…

      5.11 miles away
    7. The Barrel Inn

      The Barrel Inn, a traditional Derbyshire Country Inn, dates back to 1597 and stands at…

      5.15 miles away
    8. The Bulls Head

      Your perfect suntrap on the outside and cosy country pub on the inside. Serving fresh…

      5.26 miles away
    9. Croft View Cottage

      Situated in the picturesque village of Foolow, ideally located for visiting Peak District…

      5.33 miles away
    10. Candlelight Cottage

      Romantic, oak beamed cottage overlooking the green in the picturesque village of Litton.…

      5.38 miles away
    11. The George

      Located in the heart of the Peak District village of Hathersage, The George offers…

      5.92 miles away
    12. The Hayloft at Highcliffe Barns

      The Hayloft, our newly-converted upside-down luxury holiday barn, sits high up above…

      6.08 miles away
    Previous Next

    Related

    Make a Blue John Necklace Activity and Treak Cliff Cavern Self-Guided Audio Tour, DerbyshireTreak Cliff Cavern is an Underground Wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils, and Home to the unique Blue John Stone! With the Treak Cliff Cavern App previously downloaded onto your Smart phone, you follow a marked route through the cavern, with the information…

    The Blue John Stone Experience at Treak Cliff Cavern (Full Day/5 hours), DerbyshireThis Experience gives you the opportunity to work with our craftsmen and gives you a 'hands on' unique experience of Blue John Stone, not available anywhere else. This is the only place in the world where you will be allowed to explore in the mines and work with specialist Blue John craftsmen. You…

    THE CAVERN AT CHRISTMAS, Hope ValleyWith an App previously downloaded onto your Smart phone, you follow a marked route through the cavern, with the information delivered to your phone via Blue tooth beacons as you move along. (We have devices you can use if yours isnt suitable) This is a Self guided audio tour of Treak Cliff Cavern…

    The Blue John Stone Experience at Treak Cliff Cavern (Half Day/3 hours), DerbyshireThis Experience gives you the opportunity to work with our craftsmen and gives you a 'hands on' unique experience of Blue John Stone, not available anywhere else. (Suitable mainly for Adults, under 18yrs tickets are available, but MUST be booked with at least one Adult ticket to accompany them) …

    Treak Cliff Cavern Self-Guided Audio Tour, DerbyshireTreak Cliff Cavern is an Underground Wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils, and Home to the unique Blue John Stone! With the Treak Cliff Cavern App previously downloaded onto your Smart phone, you follow a marked route through the cavern, with the information…

    Treak Cliff Cavern Self-Guided Audio Tour EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT, DerbyshireTreak Cliff Cavern is an Underground Wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils, and Home to the unique Blue John Stone! With an App previously downloaded onto your Smart phone, you follow a marked route through the cavern, with the information delivered to your phone…

    CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT EVENT, Hope ValleyWe are delighted to re instate our Carols By Candlelight Events for weekends in December 2022! There are a few changes since pre Covid times, but our Piano Accordionist will still  play festive music for you to sing familiar Christmas carols to. The Witch's Cave is lit with hundreds of real…