Enter the Magical World of Treak Cliff Cavern…

330 million years in the making!

  Welcome to Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton.

 

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 9:15am every day (except 25th December); the last Entry is at 4.00pm (3.00pm between November 1st and February 28th).

The Cafe On The Cliff @ Treak Cliff Cavern, is open for takeaway only. Open to visitors to the cave and passing ramblers. The Café on the cliff is open everyday between 10am and 4pm, for fresh sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks, hot and cold drinks including our exclusive locally brewed Treak Cliff Cavern IPA.

 

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To avoid disappointment please book online in advance of your visit to secure your entrance tickets to Treak Cliff Cavern.

Visit our Booking Page for more information and to choose your date and time.

 Click here for more details.

 We are open daily for Self-guided Audio Tours using your own Smartphone.

You can also read more about visiting show caves in general here. 

Telephone enquires during opening hours is 01433 620571 10am-4pm daily.

For out of hours enquires Whatsapp 07890035391 / facebook messenger / instagram message.

 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.

The main throughway at the Visitor Centre

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

The Cafe is open for take-away.

It is open to casual visitors, so you don’t need to take the guided tour or join in any of our other activities to visit.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Workshop

The Polish your own Blue John Stone Activity is avaiable. 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
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  • 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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