THE DEVIL’S ARSE!!
PEAK CAVERN IS CLOSED WHILST WE ARE IN LOCKDOWN. WE HOPE TO REOPEN ON 17TH MAY. TICKETS GO ON SALE 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE
PEAK CAVERN COVID-19 ADMISSIONS POLICY
During the COVID-19 pandemic the following restrictions and safety measures will be in place:
1. Tour capacities will be reduced.
2. Tickets must be booked and paid for on-line, in advance, through our website BUY TICKETS. Our area is currently in Tier 1 and so we are restricting bookings to a maximum of 6 people (if your household bubble is larger than 6 please telephone us for bookings as we will need proof of address).
3. All visitors will be required to wear a mask or face-covering for the duration of the visit, NO EXCEPTIONS. Masks will be available to purchase on arrival. All visitors will have their temperature checked on entry to the Cavern. Anyone with a temperature of 37.8C or higher will be refused admission.
4. Our Tour Guides will be wearing masks and/or full face visors whilst conducting the tours.
5. A minimum 2m Social Distancing must be observed between individual groups (bubbles).
6. Hand sanitiser will be provided and must be used on entry to and exit from the Cavern.
7. Our staff will be following enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols throughout.
8. There are no toilet facilities at the cave. The nearest facilities are by the Castleton Visitor Centre.
|Daily 10.00am to 5.00pm
(later at peak times)
Tours every hour
|November to March||Weekends
(and daily during school holidays)
10.00am to 5.00pm
Tours every hour
|Monday to Friday
(outside schools holidays)
4 tours per day starting at 10:30, 12:00, 13:30 & 15:00
|CLOSED||Christmas Day Boxing Day & New Years Day|
Peak Cavern is CLOSED whilst we are in lockdown. We are planning to reopen on May 17th.
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Deep in the gorge below Peveril Castle is Peak Cavern's imposing entrance chamber - the largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles
Peak Cavern Information
Peak Cavern Key Facts
An impressive approach leads up to the Cavern through a gorge beneath Peveril Castle
The largest cave entrance in the British Isles 100m long 20m high 35m wide. Contains the remains of a rope makers village inside
The entrance was used from 1642 to 1880 by rope makers,making rope for the lead mining industry around Castleton. Rope making ended with the onset of the First world War
A memorial to the last of the rope makers is on the rope walks. Bert Marrison was born 1884, started work at the age of 8 years retired in 1974 when he was 89 he died 1983 his plaque is marked with a candle
There are large flow stone stalactite formations in the entrance
Early visitors to the cave were the Gentry and other wealthy people and were taken round the cave by the rope makers using only candles for light
The visitors entered the great cave by boat crossing the first water and being pushed by the rope makers through a very low archway
1842 a small passageway was blasted out for the second visit of Queen Victoria by- passing the first water
Up the right hand side of the cave is a pathway to the top of the cave where a tunnel leads into the orchestra gallery this was used by the rope maker’s children, they would climb this path to stand in the orchestra gallery and sing to the visitors
The cascade of water in Rodger Rains house is where a stream sinks into the ground directly above from “Lady’s well” spring in Cave Dale
Pluto’s Dining room has very small stalactites due to an impervious layer of lava above the limestone
On the wall in Pluto’s dining room there is writing, some of which dates back to the Middle Ages
The Devil’s staircase leads on to 13 miles of caving system it links with Speedwell and is the longest cave system so far discovered in Derbyshire
Peak Cavern is one of the most written about caves. Visiting writers included Daniel Defoe, Lord Byron, Arthur Conan Doyle, Gervase of Tilbury, Thomas Hobbs, Charles Cotton and Carl Phillip Moritz
Carl Moritz visiting the cave in 1782 described it as “an abode of silent horror”
Filming that has taken place in the cave including Chronicles of Narnia the silver chair, Clash of the Santa’s, Sherlock Holmes, The Medieval Mind , Most haunted, and County File
The highest vertical chamber in Britain “Titan” was discovered January the 1st 1999 by David (Moose) Nixon in the further reaches of the Peak Cavern system
Cave exploration is ongoing in the Peak Cavern system, and information on current exploration projects, such as Ink Sump, is displayed in the Cavern entrance
How to find us
Peak Cavern Walk,
Castleton, Hope Valley,
Derbyshire, S33 8WP
Tel – Cavern Enquiries: 01433 620285
Pay & Display car and coach parking is available, with a discount scheme for Cavern Visitors.