Arriving in Castleton for the first time you are struck by it's fairytale looks. It could come straight from a book by the Brothers Grimm. The village has everything for the visitor whether it be castle ruins, four exciting caves to explore with unique rock formations and tales of murder and intrigue from centuries gone by.
Castleton, a true Peak District Village, lies only 16 miles west of Sheffield at the end of the Hope Valley. It is overlooked by Losehill and the majestic Mam Tor which is also known as the ‘Shivering Mountain’. The limestone buildings huddle in neatly in formation around the village green with its War Memorial cross. St. Edmunds is the Norman church, restored in 1837 and well worth a look at.
The four show caves are each very individual ; Peak Cavern (the largest entrance in Britain) celebrates the life and work of rope makers. Because of its wonderful accoustics it has been used to host musical concerts and has even played host to a wedding.
Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern contain the Blue John Fluorspar, which you can see in its natural splendour. Small pieces are still mined, polished and made into ornaments and jewellery.
Speedwell Cavern at the foot of Winnats Pass is a completely different. You climb down over one hundred steps down into a dark tunnel which takes you to a boat trip at which your tour guide will tell you about the eerie stories and especially about the tragic young couple who were brutally murdered in 1758. The journey ends with a look at the fabled ‘bottomless pit’ - definitely not for the faint hearted.
The ruins of Peveril Castle commissioned by William the
Conqueror, and given to his son in 1086, clings to the side of
Cavedale. The walk up to it is not as steep as it looks and we do
recommend you take the trip and views are stunning.
Back in the
village winding lanes and footpaths all lead to the main street bustling
with charming gift shops, where you can purchase Blue John and many
There are great events taking place all year
in Castleton. The most well known is The Garland Day in May. A garlanded
horseback procession through the village of a King and Consort is a
sight to behold. Small children all dressed in white, dance around the
maypole as the brass band plays, a special celebration and good to
Christmas in Castleton is very special too, with Christmas
trees and lights festooning shops and houses throughout the festive
period, sometimes we are lucky enough to get a sprinkling of snow to add
to the atmosphere!
Whatever the season, The Bulls Head in
Castleton welcome you to our village and offer a warm and hearty welcome
to you at the pub, whilst enjoying all the facilities that the village
has to offer.