Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WP

Contact: 01433 620 571



We are a tourist attraction which has many geological aspects to it. During the tours visitor get to see a Blue John mine and learn all about the history of the stone as well as seeing fossils. They also get to see a spectacular natural cavern with the finest stalactites in the peak district with flowstone formations covering the wall.

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

There is a lot of different geological features in a small area coupled together with a wealth of history. Our current customers come to us because we are a friendly, family run business that has built up a great service and reliability to them over the past 68 years.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

A tour of the cavern which includes the history of the cavern, the history of the Blue John stone and the mining of Blue John. We also do polish your own Blue John stone when booked in advanced.

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What size groups do they cater for?

We can cater for any size groups ranging from 2 people to 40 on one tour. Bigger groups are welcome but may have to be split into smaller groups.

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

Children are allowed to take pictures etc..

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Either on request by post or available from our website to download in pdf form. Teacher information and a quiz sheet is also available to download.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Gary Ridley.

What does it cost?

School admission prices for 2017

Primary £4.80
Secondary £4.95
Sixth form £6.75
College / university £7.20

1 free teacher / helper admission with every 10 students
additional adults £4.00 each

(Complimentary tea or coffee for teachers / helpers)

Special needs groups - £6.00 each (including helpers)

Is specific clothing required?

No but waterproof coats and suitable footwear are advised as the walk up to the cavern and inside can be very wet.

Do you have first aid on site?

Yes we have trained first aiders but its recommended to have one in the group.

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

We have a shop, small café and we also have an undercover seating area if schools want to bring packed lunches. Spending money is down to the school on how much they bring.

Are there disabled facilities?

The venue isn’t suitable for disabled children.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year from 10am (weather permitting)

1st March to 31st October last tour 4pm

1st November to 28th February last tour 3pm

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 Green Awareness Science & Technology Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism Science

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