Head into Buxton from virtually any direction and follow the signs to find Poole’s Cavern. There are extensive wooded grounds around the cavern whilst inside are some of the finest stalagmites and stalactites that the area has to offer.
There are plenty of places in the Peak District that claim ‘Mary woz ere’ (Mary being Mary Queen of Scots), Poole’s Cavern is no exception. There is even a pillar named after her or maybe it was named by her?
It is thought that there is a lot more to discover in Poole’s Cavern, for example, a borehole revealed a new chamber in 1998.
If you get peckish during your tour, you will have to content yourself with looking at such formations as the 6 foot long (almost 2m) ‘Flitch of bacon stalactite’ or the ‘poached egg’ stalagmites. According to the book Fundamentals of Geomorphology
by Richard J Huggett, it would be a bit bigger but for the fact that Victorian vandals broke a bit off the bottom in 1840.
Then to satisfy your hunger, visit the Cavern café with meals or snacks, cakes and coffee served all day. If you want to take your own food, there are picnic areas. There is also a safe play area for children and toddlers.
Other facilities at Poole’s Cavern include toilets, a car park (charged), visitor centre, shop selling rock and mineral samples, jewellery, and a range of other goods including books, toys and gifts.
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Apart from the cavern tours, there are external walks, why not head up the hill to Solomon’s temple and take in the views from this Victorian era folly. Solomon was a local landowner (Solomon Mycock) who built the original ‘temple’ on the site of a Beaker People (Bronze Age) burial mound.
Legend has it that the name Poole’s Cavern takes its name from a medieval outlaw named Poole. The outlaw hid in the cavern and buried treasure there. The cavern had been in use before Poole came onto the scene – archaeologists have found remains going back to 5000 years ago. Romans and Celts have worshipped in the cavern and there are many artefacts on view in the visitor centre.
Open every day from mid February to October 31st between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Official accessibility statement from the Pooles Cavern web site at http://www.poolescavern.co.uk/visitor-information/accessibility/
Wheelchair users can access the main chamber of the cave which is 100 metres/300ft long unassisted. There are a total of 28 steps along the remaining cave path, 14 up and 14 down. The longest descent is 10 steps which lead to the final chamber 300metres/1000ft from the entrance. Groups return along the same route. Our staff are trained and experienced, please let us know if you need any assistance with your visit to Poole’s Cavern.
There are dedicated car parking bays for disabled access and level access through the visitor centre. Toilet facilities include disabled access.