We advise booking early as ticket numbers are currently restricted. Peak times (weekends and Bank Holidays) can sell out quickly.


From 19th July, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following restrictions and safety measures will remain in place:

1. Tour capacities will continue to be limited to still enable safe social distancing between groups.

2. Tickets can be booked and paid for on-line, in advance, through our website BUY TICKETS.

3. As the Cave’s natural environment has extremely high levels of humidity we are insisting that ALL customers continue to wear masks whilst in the Cavern. To protect our staff, customers and business we are not accepting exemptions during the current situation. Please be kind & respectful.

4. Our Tour Guides will be wearing masks and/or full face visors whilst conducting the tours.

5. Hand sanitiser will be provided and must be used on entry to and exit from the Cavern.

6. Our staff will continue to follow enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols throughout.

7. There are no toilet facilities at the cave. The nearest facilities are by the Castleton Visitor Centre.

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Opening Times

April To
Daily 10.00am to 5.00pm
(later at peak times)
Tours every hour
Last Tour 4.00pm
November to March Weekends
(and daily during school holidays)
10.00am to 5.00pm
Tours every hour
Last Tour 4.00pm
Monday to Friday
(outside schools holidays)
3 tours per day starting at 11:00 13:00 & 15:00
CLOSED Christmas Day  Boxing Day &  New Years Day



Peak Cavern is CLOSED on WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY for staff training.
We apologise for any inconvenience.


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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
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.