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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Blue John Cavern

Blue John Cavern is one of several show caves in the Castleton area of Derbyshire's Peak District. The others are Speedwell Cavern, Peak Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern.

Blue John Cavern, Castleton.

The Blue John Cavern is home to Britain's rarest semi-precious stone (fluorite) and is only found in this location.

The stone has been mined since Roman times and examples have been found in what were previously parts of the Roman Empire.

Ornaments and jewelry are still produced and sold in the Blue John Cavern store as well as in jewelers and souvenir shops in Castleton and the wider area.

Blue John Cavern, Derbyshire.

The Blue John Cavern offers guided tours of the mine by actual working and retired miners, who explain the history of the cave and the semi-precious stone found within.

The tours last around 45 minutes and are an informative guide to the long working history of the mines.

Blue John Cavern.

Blue John Cavern
Mam Tor
Hope Valley
Derbyshire S33 8WA
Tel: 01433 620638

Hours:  9.30am to 5.00pm or 5.30pm in summer. Open daily except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day (weather permitting).

Access: The Blue John Cavern is close to Winnats Pass and Speedwell Cavern in the Hope Valley.

Blue John Cavern, Hope Valley, Derbyshire.

Blue John Cavern, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, UK.

* Visitors should note there are a lot of steps and a narrow head room in the underground passageways. It is advisable to wear shoes with sufficient grip.

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