Greeted by the largest cave opening in the UK, Peak Cavern, more commonly known as ‘The Devil’s Arse’, features high on the list of things to do in Castleton. It stands out from the many other show caves in Castleton as this cave is almost entirely natural, carved out by melting glacier waters. The only man-made addition is a small access tunnel that was blasted to gain access to the deep show caves.
The cave was home to some of Britain’s last Troglodytes’ (cave dwellers).
The professional guides will walk you through the system showing fascinating stalactite and stalagmite formations and explains how water has changed the cave over the millennia. The guide will mention some of the ancient discoveries made inside the cave over the years the possibility of further explorations.
Other Attractions at Peak Cavern
At The Village Screen pop-up cinema, the aim is to create memorable experiences by combining classic films in incredible locations. We pair our cinema experiences with street food by some of the UK’s most talented food traders and music entertainment and amazing décor to bring our events to life.
The Bon Jovi Experience is the world’s first and unquestionably finest tribute to the great Bon Jovi. They are the only tribute to have been featured on the band’s official website, not to mention being the only tribute to have been requested by and to have performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself. Individually and as a band they produce looks and sounds so realistic.
It’s hard to imagine a more atmospheric and impressive venue for a Christmas Carol concert. On arrival one is greeted by the warm and friendly helpers with mulled wine and mince pies. The Brass bands, aided by the compere Barry Jarvis, play a variety of Christmas favourites, both modern songs, and traditional carols. Best of all, the audience is enthusiastically involved in the singing. The mixture of humour and energy makes this the perfect festive fun in the run-up to Christmas.
Peak Cavern is an excellent venue for educational visits. It has a large undercover seating area for groups to use as a picnic area on wet days. There is a ropemaking demonstration, where the students are involved in helping to make a rope, which is then presented to the group to take back to school. There is also an inner showcase, which is a classic natural water-formed limestone cavern.
Concerts And Events
Peak Cavern - “The Devil’s Arse” has the largest cave entrance in Britain which becomes home to one the events and regular concerts throughout the summer months, hosting names such as Richard Hawley, the Vaccines, Kim Wilde, and Jarvis Cocker. All concerts are held in the main Cavern Entrance Chamber which is classed as an Open-Air Venue. It is essentially outside but with a huge cave roof protecting it from the elements. A venue like no other.
Gifts And Souvenirs
Visit the gift shop and take home something to remember the eerie splendour of your journey into the depths of the cavern. A wide selection of gifts and mementos is available including jewellery made from the exclusive Blue John stone - the superb fluorspar mineral unique to the Peak District Caverns. Cavern craftsmen are often commissioned to make commemorative pieces from this world-famous stone such as a chalice made for Her Majesty the Queen on her Silver Jubilee.
There is a well-stocked bar as well as snacks and refreshments on sale throughout. The Peak Cavern is a stunning setting for a memorable treat to enjoy with loved ones or friends.