Enter an Ancient, Underground World in the Heart of the Peak District National Park
Take a journey through millions of year of geological history and wonder. See the famous “Stork” – the result of hundreds of thousands of years of flowstone deposits, stalagmites and stalactites, the Witch’s Cave, Aladdin’s Cave with its wonderful multicoloured flowstone and much more – you might even see some bats!
Your visit should take around 45 minutes and your audio guide (on your own Smartphone) will be with you every step of the way. You’re free to take photos at any time and you can even bring your dog, as long as it’s on a lead.
Read more about some of what you can see at Treak Cliff Cavern below.
Old Mining Techniques
The original miners had to do everything by hand!
Blue John Deposits
Raw Blue John deposits can be seen in the walls and ceilings of the cavern.
Fossils can seen in the ceilings throughout the caves.
Learn how miners in the 1750’s constructed a tunnel using only hand tools to reach the Blue John Stone deposits which you’ll see inside the hill.
You’ll be able to see veins of Blue John across the roof along with “The Pillar,” the largest piece ever found.
Fossils are embedded in the limestone rock which formed the hillside above you 330 million years ago, examples of which can also be seen in the museum.
In the Witch’s Cave are even richer deposits of Blue John Stone and as you descend even deeper into the hill where you will experience the wonder of underground limestone cave formations.
Multi-coloured flowstone adorns the walls of Aladdin’s Cave. Stalactites and stalagmites decorate Fairyland and the Dream Cave.
The most famous formation is “The Stork” standing on one leg! During your tour the guide will explain where Blue John Stone came from, how rushing water made the caverns and how stalactites are formed.
When you finally emerge from the cavern the first thing you’ll see is a stunning view of the valley which includes Castleton, Mam Tor and Peveril Castle. The sudden contrast between this and the cavern makes the view seem even more spectacular.
From here you can walk back down to the Visitor Centre and enjoy tea and coffee made from water collected inside the cavern, browse our shop where there is a selection of jewellery and ornaments made from Blue John Stone and visit the museum.
Bats and Spiders
Will you see a bat today? Treak Cliff Cavern has 3 species of cave bat living amongst the stalactites, stalagmites and hidden in the cracks and dark recesses of Treak Cliff Cavern exit tunnel, are a colony of European Cave spiders, called “Orbweavers”. Read more about the Treak Cliff Cavern bats and spiders.
The famous "Stork"
The Treak Cliff Cavern “Stork” was developed over hundreds of thousands of years. In time the shape will change but not in our lifetimes – so there’s no rush!
Aladdin’s cave which features remarkable, multi-coloured flowstone.
Prices of Admission 2023
Credit cards accepted (no fee)
Your private Self-guided Audio visit using your own Smartphone lasts approx 45 minutes. Timed Entry slots every 5 minutes for a maximum of 15 people per slot, this will allow you and your group to enjoy your visit in your own way.
General prices per person
Adults (including seniors) — £14.50
Student (with valid card) — £11.00
Children (5 to 17 yrs) — £8.00
Children aged 4 and under are free
Early bird online discount
Adults (including seniors) — £11.50
Student (with valid card) — £9.00
Children (5 to 17 yrs) — £6.50
Children aged 4 and under are free
For more information about school visits including teachers' resources and risk assessment please see the main Schools Page.
For admission to special events please visit our News and Events page.
March 1st to October 31st: 9.30am – 4.30pm
The last cavern admission is at 4.00pm. We recommend that you arrive by around 3.45pm.
Because the tour finishes at the same time as the Cavern closes for the day we suggest that visitors arrive roughly 15 to 30 minutes before the start of the last tour if they would like to take advantage of the gift shop, museum and visitor centre facilities.
The Café on the cliff is open everyday between 10am and 4pm, for sweet and savoury snacks, hot and cold drinks including our exclusive locally brewed Treak Cliff Cavern IPA.
Early bird cavern admissions are between 9.30am and 10.50am.
Please note: these admissions are discounted, if you are late for your slot then we will endeavour to get you in to the cavern on the next available slot, although patrons will be expected to pay the full admission price.
November 1st to February 29th: 10.00am – 4.00pm
The last tour is at 3.00pm.
The Cavern is closed on Christmas Day.
We are open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day from 12.00 noon til 4.00pm on both days (last admission is at 3.30pm).
General Tour Information
Treak Cliff Cavern visits are self guided, 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 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 try to get you in to the cave on the next available slot.
For a full refund you must cancel at least 7 days before the activity is scheduled to start or no refund may be given. Refunds will not be given for missed tours or exiting the cavern early.
Clothing and footwear
The underground temperature is a constant 10°C (50°F) all year round so we advise that you wear suitable clothing. The cavern floor is constantly wet due to the natural underground environment; therefore suitable footwear must be worn within the underground area. Please be aware that the most ‘sensible’ footwear can cause an individual to slip.
Due to the natural contours of the hillside above and below ground, the cavern is not suitable for wheelchairs. Walking disabled can be accommodated. Please phone 01433 620571 or email us for further information to see how we can help. Our Risk Assessment also provides more detailed information.
Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a lead.
A detailed assessment of the cavern can be downloaded from the link below.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the Risk Assessment.