Goosehill Hall Holiday Cottages Handbook

Local Attractions

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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.  They will not reopen until 17th May at the earliest, but may be bookable in advance.


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

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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.  I expect it to reopen 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

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Speedwell Cavern  This is the one with the boat.  Follow in the steps of the old lead miners. I expect it to reopen 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 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.  There is no reopening information at present and the website has not been updated. 


THE CASTLE         Peveril Castle, dating back to Norman times, is run by English Heritage.  The grounds have reopened to visitors, but you need to book in advance.


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.  The formal garden and larger grounds have reopened.  The house is due to reopen on May 18th.  The website gives many more details.  Do not travel there without pre-booking. Click here for Chatsworth House website

Haddon Hall is due to reopen in July.