Peak Cavern

Peak Cavern

Unravel the mysteries of the Devil’s Arse and step into the unique world of Peak Cavern. Unusual rock formations, the eerie sound of running water and echoes of a bygone age await you.

Set in the middle of the picturesque Peak District village of Castleton, the approach to Peak Cavern is awe inspiring.
A riverside walk takes you past centuries old miners’ cottages, opening out into a spectacular limestone gorge. Before you are 280ft high vertical cliffs with the ruins of Peveril Castle towering above.

Deep into the cliffs is the Cavern’s imposing entrance chamber — the largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles.
Within this entrance chamber you will see the remains of an ancient village where a whole community lived and worked making ropes for the local lead mines for more than 400 years.

As you venture deeper into the Cavern and stoop to go through Lumbago walk you will hear the remarkable acoustics of the Orchestral Gallery in the Great Cave, see a perpetual cascade of water at Roger Rains’ House, pass through Pluto’s Dining Room into the Devil’s Cellar where you can hear the source of the river Styx.
Effective LED lighting systems highlight the splendour of the cavern’s chambers with their unusual flowstone and stalactite formations to enhance the experience of your visit to this famous location.

Guided tours which include traditional ropemaking demonstrations are available at frequent intervals, each lasting about 1 hour. The tours are fairly undemanding and are suitable for all ages.

Please visit our website for details of our opening times.