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2019 Cavern Tour with Blue John Stone Polishing Activity

by Treak Cliff Cavern
per adult Price is $20
Duration: 1h 30m Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • See the largest natural deposits of Blue John Stone in situ

  • Wonder at the finest stalactites in the Peak District

  • Polish Your Own Blue John Stone Activity in our work shop

  • Discover all about Blue John Stone in the Museum

  • 'hands on” experience working with Blue John Stone

Highlights

  • See the largest natural deposits of Blue John Stone in situ

  • Wonder at the finest stalactites in the Peak District

  • Polish Your Own Blue John Stone Activity in our work shop

  • Discover all about Blue John Stone in the Museum

  • 'hands on” experience working with Blue John Stone

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10:30 AM, 2019 Cavern Tour with Blue John Stone Polishing Activity in English

Duration 1h 30m

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is $19.67, taxes included

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11:00 AM, 2019 Cavern Tour with Blue John Stone Polishing Activity in English

Duration 1h 30m

Live Commentary in English.

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11:30 AM, 2019 Cavern Tour with Blue John Stone Polishing Activity in English

Duration 1h 30m

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is $19.67, taxes included

No booking or credit card fees

2019 Cavern Tour with Blue John Stone Polishing Activity

Activity Location

Treak Cliff Cavern Castleton

Castleton S33 8WA

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Treak Cliff Cavern

    Treak Cliff Cavern Castleton

    Castleton S33 8WA


Description

Take the 45 minute guided tour of the Cavern to see an Underground Wonderland of rocks, minerals and fossils. Your tour takes in 7 chambers including The Witch's Cave, Aladdin's Cave, Fairyland and the Dream Cave. You will be able to see and touch the largest Blue John Stone deposits still in situ. the Blue John Pillar, the Pocket and the Blue John Arch..

Deeper down are the finest stalactites and stalagmites in the Peak District, and your guide will tell you how they formed, along with some geological history of the Cavern. Discover where our drinking water supply comes from, before returning to the outside to take in the lovely view of Castleton and the Hope Valley from the cavern Exit area. Learn more from the information panels about the mining history of this hillside.

Gently stroll down hill back to the buildings at the Entrance area where you can wander in the Visitor Centre, and discover more about Blue John Stone. In the Museum compare the different Vein patterns and colours of the ornamental items, and the Blue John Stone on display. This may help you decide on the piece of stone you want to polish! In the shop area staff will be on hand to help you choose from a wide selection of prepared pieces.

Next you take your stone into the work shop and the guides and crafts people will show you how to rub it with abrasive paper until it is ready to polish to a lovely shine.!

Finally you may like to browse in the shop for Blue John jewellery, or rocks and minerals from all over the world!

Our cafe serves Light Lunches, Cream teas, including our Blue John Cake, plus several varieties of tea, Artisan Loose Leaf Blue John tea, and locally roasted Winnats Pass Brew Coffee. Hot drinks are made from our own water collected in the Cavern and pumped directly to the Cafe!

There is also local Hope Valley Ice cream (subject to availability) in lots of flavours, each named after a cow on the farm that has been run by the same family for 300 years! That's also how long Blue John Stone has been mined for on Treak Cliff !


Inclusions

  • Admission fee for Guided tour of Treak Cliff Cavern

  • Slice of Blue John Stone and equipment for polishing it

  • Free access into the Visitor Centre, museum and work shop areas


Exclusions

  • Food and drink

  • Protective clothing


Know Before You Book

  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 are allowed in back packs or slings

  • Minimum tour size is 2 people for a tour to operate. Dogs and photographs are permitted.

  • We are located on the side of a steep hill: due to natural contours there is NO wheelchair or pram access either to the entrance area or underground. We can accomadate walking disabled persons but if in doubt please refer to the Access Information page on our website.

  • There is a low narrow tunnel to enter the Cavern but it quickly opens up to reveal large chambers.

  • Generally if you can get to the Cavern Entrance you can make it through the Cavern itself!


2019 Cavern Tour with Blue John Stone Polishing Activity ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

4.7 out of 5

5/5 Aug 23, 2019

really enjoyed the cavern tour especially and the stone polishing was fun, ran by a very friendly group of people had a real sense of a family atmosphere rather than just a business, would definitely recommend

5/5 Jul 14, 2019

Very welcoming team, & very informative tour guide,with lots to see. Tours were in small groups so you got to see everything easily. Stone polishing really good after tour so you can see how the stone looks before & after. Good parking.

Fiona C

United Kingdom