The Peak District has a number of attractions for the visitor with an interest in geology and mineralogy. Here are some suggestions.
Treak Cliff Cavern. Castleton. One of the sources of Blue John and an opportunity to see the gemstone in its natural environment.
Blue John Mine. Castleton. A descent into the bowels of the earth in the second working mine for Blue John.
Speedwell Cavern. Castleton. An old lead mine with access by boat . . . and a glimpse into the Bottomless Pit!
Peak Cavern. Castleton. The largest cavern in the Peak with its imposing entrance in the centre of the village.
Pooles Cavern. Buxton. A finely illuminated natural cavern with interesting connections to the Romans.
Buxton Museum. A wealth of exhibits for the mineralogist and archeologist and the finest collection of Ashford Black Marble items in Britain.
National Stone Centre. Wirksworth. Much to do outdoors here on that hot summer’s day.
Mining Museum. Matlock Bath. The area’s long history of lead-mining explained and illustrated.