Pooles Cavern is almost directly beneath the Solomon’s Temple. The cave system is just over 300 meters in length and includes several chambers each with unique formations and stories about their creation. The cavern is a 2 million-year-old naturally formed limescale cave that has been designated a site of special scientific interest.
The caves re-opened on 20th July, if you are interested you will need to book tickets, but they are worth the visit. From our experience these caves are very accessible and easy to navigate. Find out more about the current reopening information here.
I previously mentioned Mam Tor and this is a great location for even more cavern exploration. These caverns are where you can find Blue John, a semi-precious stone found only in the Blue John Cavern and the Treak Cliff cavern. The stone is a purple / blue colour that emits incredible colours when illuminated and was very popular in the 19th century due to its banded colours.
The cave systems are a little more restricted and not so accessible for those with limited mobility, however the drive to Castleton is a specular one, especially if you manage to drive down Winnats Pass and Arthurs Way. Regardless of the cavern you choose to visit there are plenty of activities for children to do, and the option to spend a few pounds in the gift shop.
Check out the Caverns before heading off for updates on COVID-19 restrictions and opening times.