After visiting Speedwell Cavern in the morning we chose to visit Peak cavern in the afternoon. Peak Cavern is located in the centre of Castleton. Although there isn’t parking at the cavern itself it’s not far to walk from the main car park for the village. Plus the walk there is stunning as Castleton is one of the prettiest villages in the UK.
Peak Cavern is also known as the devil’s arse! The entrance to the cave is in a cliff and is said to be the largest cave entrance in the country. Because of this, the site is often used for concerts, what a setting. Also in the entrance, you will have a couple of small buildings pointed out to you by your tour guide. People used to live here and this is where they used to make rope. In the past wealthy gentry used to visit the cavern and the rope makers would show them around. Making it one of the UK’s first tourist attractions.
In the past, they would have entered the cave by boat through a narrow opening. The entrance was blasted open in 1842 to welcome Queen Victoria. They have also used the caves as a film location many times throughout its history.
The cave is relatively low in places but we did not need to wear helmets. You are shown through different parts of the cave system and stop for talks along the way. Before you turn back round you enter a large cavern where there is writing on the walls, some of it dating back to the middle ages. Each tour lasts for around one hour and is suitable for everyone with walking ability.
My son didn’t find the tour especially interesting and the guide wasn’t very engaging for the children, which was a shame. I think we left feeling a little under whelmed.
There are no toilets up at the cavern entrance. We arrived with a desperate five year old. We had to walk back down the hill to a “you really wouldn’t know it was there toilet”. There is a small shop where you can buy limited hot and cold drinks plus snacks.
If you arrive without any tickets or needing a snack or drink please note that they only accept cash. You can purchase a joint ticket for Speedwell and Peak Cavern which saves you money. A joint ticket for an adult is £20.00 and admission just for Peak Cavern is £11.75. A joint ticket for a child ages 5-15 years is £16.50. 4 years old and under are free. As mentioned in my post about Speedwell I don’t feel that the caves there are suitable for children under 5. You can purchase your tickets online in advance which I recommend doing, especially to book an early slot at Speedwell.