Goosehill Hall Holiday Cottages Handbook

Local Attractions

Castleton has five local attractions - four caverns and a castle.  Further afield there are more famous historic buildings, many interesting towns and, of course, lots of places for walking.

 

There is information online and you can also find details at the Peak Park Information Centre and shop, by the roundabout on Buxton Road.  In addition to knowledgeable staff they have information leaflets, maps and walking guides.  The maps and guides can also be bought in local shops.

THE CAVERNS... celebrating Castleton's heritage in lead mining and the unique stone, Blue John.

 

Treak Cliff Cavern  Treak Cliff cavern has recently reinvented itself.  It now provides self guided tours using the latest technology - bluetooth beacons providing commentary via app on your phone. A separate self guided tour for each family group.  This cavern probably has the best display of Blue John stone in situ and Blue John craftsmen work on site.  Trip Advisor reviewers approve of the new arrangements. 

You must book in advance - although there are usually some slots available on the day.

Click here for Treak Cliff Cavern details

Peak Cavern  This was once used for rope making and was home to the last troglodytes in the UK.  Now it doubles as a concert hall as well as an impressively large cavern.  It has reopened for tours, fully masked and in smaller groups than before C-19. (You may be "bubbled" with others). Trip Advisor reviewers seem to like the C-19 measures.

 

You must book online.  Click here for Peak Cavern details

Speedwell Cavern  This is the one with the boat.  Follow in the steps of the old lead miners.   It has reopened for tours, fully masked and in smaller groups than before C-19. (You may be "bubbled" with others). 

 

You must book online.  Click here for Speedwell Cavern details

Blue John Cavern  has now reopened.  The Cavern has a long narrow staircase down, returning by the same route, with a slightly larger area in the middle where the two tour groups in the Cavern will pass each other.  You do NOT book online.  Click here for Blue John Cavern C-19 details

 

THE CASTLE         Peveril Castle, dating back to Norman times, is run by English Heritage.  They expect to reopen to visitors in August.

FURTHER AFIELD    Hathersage Pool  is an outdoor pool and has reopened.  Again you need to pre-book.  Click here for Hathersage Pool website

 

Chatsworth House and Gardens have reopened.  The website gives many more details.  Do not travel there without pre-booking. Click here for Chatsworth House website

Haddon House is not yet reopened.