See the largest deposits of Blue John Stone in situ
Make your own exclusive necklace from Blue John Stone
Marvel at the finest stalactites in the Peak District
Get 'hands on' experience in our work shop
An underground wonderland of rocks, fossils and minerals
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Admission ticket to the 45 minute guided tour of the Cavern
Blue John Stone. bail and leather cord for the necklace
Equipment, tools, materials and skilled crafts person
Access to the Visitor Centre, museum , shop and work shop areas
Food and drink (you are welcome to bring your own)
Sterling silver chain for the necklace ( available to purchase in the shop)
What you can expect
Take the 45 minute guided tour of the Cavern to see an Underground Wonderland of rocks, minerals and fossils. Your tour takes in 7 chambers including The Witch's Cave, Aladdin's Cave, Fairyland and the Dream Cave. You will be able to see and touch the largest Blue John Stone deposits still in situ. the Blue John Pillar, the Pocket and the Blue John arch..
Deeper down are the finest stalactites and stalagmites in the Peak District, and your guide will tell you how they formed, along with some geological history of the Cavern. Discover where our drinking water supply comes from, before returning to the outside to take in the lovely view of Castleton and the Hope Valley from the cavern Exit area. Learn more from the information panels about the mining history of this hillside.
Gently stroll down hill back to the buildings at the Entrance area where you can wander in the Visitor Centre, and discover more about Blue John Stone. In the Museum compare the different Vein patterns and colours of the ornamental items, and the Blue John Stone on display. This may help you decide on the piece of stone you want to choose to make your exclusive necklace/pendant from!
Next you go into the work shop where the crafts people will help you select your semi prepared piece of Blue John Stone: they will show you how to rub it with different grades of abrasive paper until ready for the final stage. Then they will supervise while you polish it to a lovely shine, and attach a bail and leather cord. (Sterling silver chains are available to purchase for an additional charge, depending on length, weight, design etc.)
Then you can try your necklace on and adjust the length to fit !!
Finally you may like to browse in the shop for other Blue John jewellery, or rocks and minerals from all over the world!
During the Experience you may want to try our Light Lunches, Cream Tea or some of our Blue John Cake ! You may like to try a hot drink made from our own drinking water collected in the Cavern and pumped directly to the tea urn in the cafe area. Choose from several Speciality teas, Artisan Loose Leaf Blue John Tea and locally roasted Winnats Pass Brew Coffee.Or try local Hope Valley icecream (subject to availability) each flavour named after a cow from the dairy herd, milked by the same family for 300 years! That's the same length of time Blue John Stone has been mined at Treak Cliff.!