Enter the Magical World of Treak Cliff Cavern…

330 million years in the making!

We’re good to go from the 4th July!

Join the Treak Cliff Cavern Self-Guided Audio Tour. Visit our Booking Page to choose your date and time.

 

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Welcome to Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton. IMPORTANT ! Our landline telephones are not working at the moment so if you need to call us please use 01433 424144 or email us on treakcliff@bluejohnstone.com 

 

Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton is famous throughout the world for its unique and large deposits of Blue John stone and houses some of the most beautiful cave formations found in the UK.

Take a Self guided Audio tour (using your own smart phone), enjoy the amazing views across the Hope Valley, browse the well-stocked gift shop and catch your breath in our newly-refurbished visitor centre, café and picnic areas. The cavern is open from 9am every day (except 25th December); the last Entry is at 4.00pm PROMPT ! (3.00pm between November 1st and February 28th).

Treak Cliff Cavern are delighted to announce the opening of The Cafe On The Cliff @ Treak Cliff Cavern. (Currently open only at the weekends throughout Autumn). Open to both visitors to the cave and passing ramblers, usually we would be serving a selection of hot and cold light lunches, speciality teas, coffees and cakes, but for the time being we can only offer a basic take away service. 

Cavern Visits

Due to the current government covid safety guidelines, tours of Treak Cliff Cavern are currently guideless, using a phone app (with our very own Vicky Turner as narrator). You can find the app and all information on the booking page. We have staff on hand both in and out of the cave to help with any questions you may have.

Please try to arrive on time, if you are late for your appointed time slot, we will endevour to get you in to the cave on the next available slot.

From July 24th it is a legal requirement that visitors wear a face mask in our gift shop.

From July 25th the Cafe is open for take-away only, and there are currently no picnic tables available.

Please note: Our toilets are open ONLY to visitors who have BOOKED TICKETS FOR THE CAVERN. Cafe only customers and passing walkers/visitors cannot use our toilets whilst the Covid 19 legislation is in place. 

Early bird admissions are at 9.10am, 9.20am, 9.30am, 9.40am, 9.50am.. These admissions have a 20% discount, if you are late for your slot then we will endevour to get you in to the cavern on the next available slot, although visitors will be expected to pay the full admission price.

  BOOK ONLINE

Booking online in advance of your visit to secure your Social Bubble Time Slot Entry is preferred.

Walk in visitors will be accommodated where possible, but may be turned away if we are fully booked.

 Click here for more details.

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NEW - The Blue John Experience

Exploring the mines at Treak Cliff Cavern
Prospecting in the mines at Treak Cliff Cavern
Blue John Stone found at Treak Cliff Cavern
Polishing Blue John at Treak Cliff Cavern
Creating jewellery at Treak Cliff Cavern

A truly unique, “hands-on” experience available nowhere else in the world!

Work with Treak Cliff Cavern family and staff and get really hands-on with this unique stone. Learn about the geological formation of caves within the Peak District National Park while exploring and prospecting for your own piece of Blue John stone in the mines. Our expert craftspeople will guide you through polishing your selection and you’ll choose additional pieces from the workshop for other exciting projects.

Read more and find out about booking this exclusive opportunity on the Blue John Experience page

Guided Tours

Enjoy a guided tour through our mine and caverns and see some of the finest stalactites and stalagmites in the Peak District with wonderful water worn chambers.

Museum

The new museum takes you on a journey from the prehistoric to the modern day via our outstanding collection of Blue John.

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Visitor Centre and Café

Everyone’s welcome at our newly refurbished visitor centre – entry is free and you’re welcome to browse the museum, shop and buy refreshments from our café, ‘The Cafe On The Cliff’.

The main throughway at the Visitor Centre

The Café on the Cliff

From July 25th the Cafe is re-opening for take-away only, and there are currently no picnic tables available.

A tempting selection of light meals, snacks and speciality teas and coffees. It’s also open to casual visitors, so you don’t need to take the guided tour or join in any of our other activities to visit. Click here to read more and see the menu. 

Dogs are welcome at Treak Cliff Cavern

Dog Friendly

We love dogs! All well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome in the visitors’ area and cavern.

Treak Cliff Cavern Gift shop

Gift Shop

From exclusive Blue John pieces and jewellery made by our craftsmen to pocket money specials, we have something for everyone.

.From July 24th it is a legal requirement that visitors wear a face mask in our gift shop.

 

 

Make a day of it!

We’re located within some of the country’s most most beautiful countryside. You can take in the breathtaking views from the nearby, world famous Mam Tor or visit the charming village of Castleton which is within walking distance.

Events

We host annual events including the popular Carols by Candlelight in our Witch’s Cave.

please note that we are currently working towards Christmas related activities to substitute our regular Carols event.
Read more here.

Workshop

 Polish your own Blue John Stone – planning to be available from August this year, when people of all ages can select, prepare and polish a slice of Blue John Stone to take home. 

Schools

Treak Cliff Cavern is an excellent educational resource used by hundreds of teachers to deliver many aspects of the geography curriculum across all Key Stages. Find about more including special rates for groups on the main Schools page.

As seen on TV!

Treak Cliff Cavern has appeared on numerous programmes over the years including Britain’s Ancient Tracks with Tony Robinson on Channel 4, Rory Bremner’s Great British Views on ITV, BBC’s Country File and many more – including The League of Gentlemen!

Treak Cliff Cavern also has a lengthy feature on the UKTV Yesterday programme ‘ Underground Worlds’. The 15 minute piece focuses on the history and origins of Blue John stone, and tells the story (with the help of Vicky, Gary and John) of 3 recent exciting discoveries, The ‘Lost Vein’ Discovery, the new 15th vein of Blue John found called ‘Ridley Vein’ and a unique glimpse into the ‘The Hidden Depths’ beyond the Treak Cliff showcave.

Click anywhere on this text to take you to the UKTV website, where you can watch for free (registration needed). 

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Facilities

  • Free Parking
  • Toilets
  • Café
  • Picnic Benches
  • Gift Shop
  • Museum
  • On Walking Routes
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Workshop
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The new Treak Cliff Cavern Interpretation Centre is part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - to upgrade the visitor offer, by providing new toilets, heritage and interpretation centre. Project reference number: 101006.

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