The beautiful Treak Cliff Cavern, located on the edge of Castleton in the Peak District, offers a fantastic day out for the whole family. It’s the famous home of Britain’s rarest mineral, Blue John stone, where you can see it in its natural setting, the only place in the world it can be found!
Explore the stunning Peak District underground landscape, with natural caverns and ancient lead mining caves, walking through awe-inspiring chambers lined with Blue John stone formations, fossils, stalactites and stalagmites.
Afterwards, you can take in incredible views over the whole of the Hope Valley above ground, while enjoying light meals and snacks at the Café on the Cliff. There’s a great selection of gems and souvenirs in the lovely gift shop, and you can learn more about the history of Treak Cliff in the fascinating Museum.
And as a perfect memento of your trip, you can even choose and polish your very own piece of Blue John stone to take away with you!
Treak Cliff Cavern: Underground Beauty
Treak Cliff is home to the rarest mineral in Britain, Blue John stone, and this is the only place in the world where it can be found! So called because of its stunning bands of blue and yellow colouring (bleu/jaune), this semi-precious mineral is a form of fluorite, used for centuries in jewellery and ornamental objects.
Treak Cliff Cavern has an incredibly impressive collection of Blue John stone, so much so that it’s designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the richness of its deposits; 500kgs are still mined each year from the cave, away from the visitor routes.
Treak Cliff Cavern is made up of natural caverns as well as those created from ancient lead mining operations. The visitor route takes in a number of stunning chambers, with names such as Aladdin’s Cave, the Frozen Waterfall and Fairyland, containing beautiful formations, fossils, stalactites and stalagmites.
The self-guided audio tour uses your own smart phone to guide you through the caverns and take you on a journey through millions of years of geological history.
You can even bring your four-legged friend along for the adventure! Treak Cliff Cavern is proud to be dog-friendly for dogs on leads.
Treak Cliff Cavern is open from 9am every day (except Christmas Day), last entry 4.30pm (3.30pm over winter).
The Blue John Experience Day
Treak Cliff Cavern is delighted to offer the Blue John Experience Day, a truly unique adventure day that allows you to get hands-on with this stunning mineral and learn more about this beautiful part of the Peak District.
During your day you’ll learn about the geological formation of caves within the Peak District National Park and meet the family who own and care for the mine.
You’ll then go prospecting for your very own piece of Blue John stone in the mines at Treak Cliff Cavern. Expert craftspeople will guide you through polishing your selection and you can also choose additional pieces from the workshop to make into a window hanger and a piece of silver-mounted jewellery.
The Café on the Cliff
Treak Cliff Cavern is just as beautiful above ground as it is below ground, set right at the end of the Hope Valley in the Peak District, with a vast sweep of countryside before you. Now you can take your time here and soak up these wonderful views at the Café on the Cliff!
Open to both visitors to the cave and to the general public, the Café on the Cliff serves a selection of hot and cold light lunches, snacks, speciality teas, locally roasted coffees and delicious cakes. There’s also a children’s menu and a takeaway menu for those on the go.
Treak Cliff Cavern Shop and Museum
The Gift Shop at Treak Cliff Cavern is a great opportunity to buy beautiful, unique gifts, including Blue John stone items of jewellery and ornaments. There are also plenty of pocket money items for younger adventurers, including small fossils and gemstones.
The Museum at Treak Cliff Cavern houses a wide range of rare Blue John stone specimens from the local mines, along with fascinating crystals, rocks and fossils from around the world. The permanent Blue John Collection includes pieces of jewellery and translucent drinking vessels to more sturdy, large ornaments. There are stunning examples of exclusive pieces made by the craftsmen at Treak Cliff Cavern and also many rare items made further afield, originally held in highly-regarded private collections.
You can also learn more about the mining of Blue John stone in Treak Cliff, from its discovery by the Romans 2,000 years ago through to the mining operations of the 18th century.
Treak Cliff Cavern Location
Treak Cliff Cavern in located on the edge of the lovely village of Castleton in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
There’s loads to see and do in the area, including discovering the ruins of Peveril Castle or climbing to the top of Mam Tor. For those who prefer more gentle pursuits, Castleton has a great range of independent shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs, all surrounded by fantastic views.
Contact Treak Cliff Cavern
For more information about this beautiful visitor attraction or to book a visit, please get in touch with the friendly team at Treak Cliff Cavern – they’ll be delighted to help you!