Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9DH

Contact: 01298 26978



Poole’s Cavern is a spectacular natural cavern in the heart of Derbyshire’s High Peak. Our expert guides will escort your group on a journey back in time through chambers once used as a medieval robbers hideout, Roman shrine and Bronze Age shelter. Discover the largest stalactite and stalagmite in the Peak District and learn how water has eroded this vast series of chambers over millions of years then lined the cavern with incredible calcite crystal formations.

Back above ground explore the beautiful country park woodlands and follow the discovery trail to Grin Low Hill and Solomon’s Temple viewpoint. Learn how the land has been used from a site of ancient ritual to limestone quarrying, agriculture, recreation and conservation. Discover the creatures and plants that live in the woods. 


Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

A visit to Poole’s Cavern is guaranteed to inspire your students and they will be talking about their visit for weeks. We excel at tailoring the underground tour to meet your needs for any age, topic and ability. Our brand new visitor centre and ‘The Hollow Earth’ exhibition along with our new audiovisual presentation and teaching room compliment the tour. We also have a new shop, picnic areas and play area. The country park woodlands are perfect for short to medium walks to either just burn off some energy to a more detailed study of the changing land use of the area.  


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Poole’s Cavern is perfect for visits at any curriculum level.
Topics which can be focused on a visit to Poole’s Cavern include
Caves, Rivers, Rocks and soil, Under the Earth, Our World, Environments, Light and sound, The Water Cycle, Solids, liquids & gases, Changes, Holes, Conservation.


What size groups do they cater for?

We can accept groups from 10 people up to 150. A cave tour is approx. 30 people and tours begin. every 15 minutes.


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We can provide free curriculum linked work sheets and teachers notes to help develop pre visit projects and follow up work. We are currently updating our KS 3/4 material developed in partnership with local schools.


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copy write restrictions?

We do allow photography in side the cavern on the tour but not video or sound recording unless specifically requested as the tour is copyright. We normally advise that pupils do not use disposable cameras underground as the low light levels make photography difficult.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We provide a free document which identifies the potential hazards and risk for group visits to Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

The Educational visits coordinator is Alan Walker on 01298 26978.


What does it cost?


Group Prices 2015

  • £4.00 per child (5 to 16)
  • £6.00 for students
  • £7.00 for adults

(Teachers are free with groups) 


Is specific clothing required?

Sensible outdoor footwear and warm clothing for the cave tour.


Do you have first aid on site?

Our senior staff are qualified in first aid and there is a first aid station at the visitors centre.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have a shop which sells a wide range of rock and fossil specimens, gifts and souvenirs. We have a self service snack and drinks vending area. There is a 30 seat café (pre bookings only for groups), a large picnic area and a school education/indoor picnic room (pre-book only)


Are there disabled facilities?

Owing to the nature of the woodland terrain there is no disabled access to the country park woodlands. The Cavern visitor centre is fully accessible (including toilet) and access to the cave has been improved to give a level path from the visitor centre into the main chamber of Poole’s Cavern 100 meters into the cave. Due to steps and gradients there is no wheel chair access beyond that point but visitors with limited mobility may go further. Contact us with your specific requirements and we will do our very best to assist you. Our staff are very experienced with special needs groups. 

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Caves & Caverns Environment Centres Green Awareness Historical Heritage Museums Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship English Environmental Studies Geography History PE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December