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6. Blue John Cavern, Castleton

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Blue John Cavern, Castleton

Blue John Cavern is tucked in a gully at the back of Castleton, its gaping mouth once providing shelter for a rope factory and a small village. Daniel Defoe, visiting in the 18th century, noted the cavern's colourful local name, the Devil's Arse, a reference to the fiendish fashion in which its interior contours twisted and turned.

Cavern Tours show how the caverns were formed and eroded over millions of years by water seeping through the limestone. There's also a craft shop selling jewellery and ornaments made from Blue John, a pretty crystalised mineral found underground.
Blue John Cavern Address:
The Blue John Cavern
Hope Valley
S33 8WP
England, UK

The Original Blue John Craft Shop
Cross Street
Hope Valley
S33 8WH
England, UK

Blue John Cavern Opening Times:
Summer, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Winter, 9.30 am to dusk
Open every day except Christmas day and New Years Day (weather permitting)
9.30 am to 5.30 pm all year except Christmas Day.

Blue John Cavern Admission:
Please contact The Blue John Cavern for admission fees on +44 (0)1433 620638
T  Cavern +44 (0)1433 620638

   Shop +44 (0)1433 620642

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