Poole’s Cavern…with expert guides, explore the vast limestone caverns and see how crystal stalactites have lined the chambers over millions of years. Stroll though beautiful woodland trails to a panoramic Peak District hilltop viewpoint.
Poole’s Cavern in Buxton is the all weather location where you can shelter from the rain or find cool in the shade.
Explore Poole’s Cavern with our expert guides and journey through the beautifully illuminated chambers and paved walkways to discover yourself the magnificent underground scenery of the Peak District.
Take a virtual tour of the Poole’s Cavern chambers, but, if you want it to be a surprise, skip this bit and see it in real life.
Poole’s Cavern & Buxton Country Park – Above Ground
Take a leisurely stroll through Buxton Country Park on one of the three marked woodland sculpture trails to the hilltop viewpoint of Solomon’s Temple with spectacular and extensive High Peak and peak land views, from here you can see the whole of Buxton in front of you.
Looking beyond the impressive Dome of the former Devonshire Hospital which is now the University of Derby Buxton Campus and the dignified sprawl of Buxton, in fine weather you can see for 15 miles. On the horizon, look out for Mam Tor at Castleton, and Kinder Scout that rises above Edale, which at 636m (2,088ft) – is the highest point in Derbyshire and the Peak District.
Between 1820 and 1840 the Duke of Devonshire had the foresight to restore the land to woodland and today form 100 acres of mature woodland. The chief species are deciduous British species of Beech, Ash, Elm and Sycamore with Willow, Birch, Hawthorn and Rowan around the edges.
Amidst the familiar thrushes, tits and finches you might be lucky enough to tick off a Tree-Creeper, Nuthatch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Woodcock, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler and Tawny Owl.
Our Visitor centre includes the Cafe@ the Cavern with a wide range of delicious produce including daily specials, light snacks and fair trade coffee. The cafe also has free WIFI to keep you in touch with the World.
Also our rock shop with gems and mineral samples, jewellery and Peak District products, including…
Rock, crystal and gemstone gifts.
Onyx carved gifts, candle holders, stone goblets etc.
Guide Books, maps nature guides and other local interest publications
Cottage Delight Jams, Chutneys and preserves
Wild Olive Soaps and Candles
If the weather is good, then eat, drink and chat about your visit in our beautiful outdoor seating areas.
Summer Opening Times: March – October open 9:30am – 5pm Tours every 20 minutes
Winter Opening Times: November – February open 10am – 4pm Weekends: Tours Every 20 minutes Weekdays: Tours at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm
All the cavern crew are working hard to get everything in place to re-open Poole's Cavern BUT it won't be on the 4th July. We will be announcing an opening date very soon. We will have pre-booked only cavern tours and limited group numbers to enable safe distancing for visitors and our staff. It will also be a magical experience to explore the beautiful underground caverns with your own expert guide in a small group. There will also be a limited take away service for drinks and snacks. We've completed the Visit England Industry standard Covid training for visitor attractions so 'We're good to go'
We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our underground 'Wonder of the Peak' very soon
Currently the country park woodland trails to Solomon's Temple viewpoint are open and free to explore and Go Ape High Wire adventure re-opens from the 4th July. Check the Go Ape website for booking details goape.co.uk/locations/buxton... See MoreSee Less
In Line with current Covid-19 restrictions Poole's Cavern along with the visitor centre, cafe and facilities will remain closed. The Car park is now open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The country park trails to Solomon's Temple viewpoint are open at all times and free to access. We respectfully request that visitors take all litter home or use the bins by the car park. Disposable Barbecues are NOT ALLOWED in the woodlands due to the fire risk. Surrounding farmland have livestock, please keep dogs under close control. When restrictions relax we will hopefully be able to welcome visitors to the Cavern in a safe and controlled way from late July. ... See MoreSee Less
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"Whilst we may need our national parks at this time, our relationship with them remains precariously balanced with the current risks to everyone from Covid-19.
"This is why I am personally appealing today to anyone seeking to travel to the Peak District National Park. Please carefully consider your own wellbeing and that of the Peak District’s many small communities - and be aware that the vast majority of facilities including hospitality businesses will be not be open for a little while yet.
"With a huge collective effort in respecting our national parks right now, they can be protected and will be there for us all to enjoy far beyond this current coronavirus crisis."