Poole’s Cavern, Café and shop

A great visitor attraction for groups of all ages. An all weather location where you can shelter from the rain or find cool in the shade.

Poole’s Cavern is the most spectacular natural cavern in the Peak District and is just part of the land owned and managed by Buxton Civic Association. Find maps and details at our Visitor Centre, Green Lane, SK17 9DH.

Discover the home of the cave dwellers, enjoy great food from The Café @ The Cavern, explore the fossil and gemstone shop. Stroll through Buxton Country Park to the panoramic viewpoint of Solomon’s Temple.

Poole’s Cavern

Tempted to explore a cave?

Don’t want the hassle of crawling underground! Want to give the children, family and friends a unique ‘other worldly’ experience? Want to feel safe on an even pathway as the dramatically lit scene unfolds while you explore?

Take a journey beneath the earth with our expert guides, explore the vast limestone caverns, see how crystal stalactites have lined chambers over millions of years.

Can you remember which way round it goes?

Stalactites hang from the ceiling, much like icicles.

Stalagmites, on the other hand, grow from the floor.

About The Cavern & Opening Times

Poole’s Cavern is open every day and there’s loads more to explore

Enjoy our winter warming menu with daily specials all freshly prepared and locally sourced in our pet friendly café with free superfast broadband.

The Café @ The Cavern, visitor centre and gift shop are open;

9am – 5pm March – October

9:30am – 3.30pm November – February

Cavern Tours daily

Check the Poole’s Cavern website for seasonal times and booking

The country park woodlands are open all year round – pick up one of our guides and fill your Derbyshire break with adventures across our woodlands, Go Ape, Poole’s Cavern and explore Buxton Town. What’s happening in and around Buxton this week?

Poole’s Cavern is open to visitors in all weather! The historic Spa Town of Buxton is famous for its therapeutic waters, magnificent Georgian buildings, spectacular Peak District scenery and above all a warm welcome. The town has attracted curious visitors since the 16th century when Mary Queen of Scots was interned in the residence of the Earl of Shrewsbury, now the Old Hall hotel in Buxton.

You can find us at The Visitor Centre, Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH

Early travellers followed a route guide known as the ‘Wonders of the Peak’ published in 1636 taking in the first wonder of Poole’s Cavern along the way. Follow in the footsteps of centuries of explorers, travellers, vagabonds and royalty on a group visit with our expert guides to journey deep underground and deep in to the past. Combine your cavern visit with a stroll to Grin Low and Solomon’s Temple viewpoint with superb views of the Peak District. Or for a more extreme experience try the forest High wire adventure course on GO APE.

Taste the Peak in the Café at the cavern with meals or snacks, cakes and coffee served all day. We also have picnic areas and safe play area for children and toddlers.

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Poole’s Cavern Admission Prices

Buxton Civic Association members receive free entry to Poole’s Cavern, free parking and updates about upcoming events and activities. Your membership also helps to support the association and the preservation of Buxton’s architecture and woodlands.

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Regular prices:

£14.50 ADULT 16 years and over
£6.80 CHILD 5-16 years old
£37.50 FAMILY Two adults and up to two children
£12.00 STUDENTS & SENIORS With valid identification

Useful Information

Information and facts about Poole’s Cavern and Visitor Centre

  • Cavern tours are accompanied with a guide at all times
  • Tours leave regularly from the visitor centre exhibition area
  • The Cavern tour is approximately 50 minutes underground
  • The temperature underground is a constant 7 centigrade, 44 Fahrenheit
  • There are 28 steps in the Cavern no more than 10 in one place
  • Pushchairs and child buggies are permitted in the cave
  • There are just two low points. One located at the entrance and one located by the first set of steps. Both low points are clearly marked with ‘Mind Your Head’ signs
  • Dogs are welcome in the Country Park, visitor centre and cafe – but are not allowed on the Cavern tour
  • Photography is allowed on the Cavern tour but not tripods or video equipment

Car Park

Pay and display car park for 80 vehicles priced at £2.00 for 4 hours, or £3.00 all day. For the ease and safety of our visitors we have a level access point to the visitor centre.



The Cafe serves refreshments, snacks and light meals. Separate room for group or school use and wet weather picnic room. Dogs are permitted in the visitor centre and cafe.

Cafe lay out and sample menu

Visitor Centre

The visitor centre includes the Cavern exhibition with archaeology found in the cave on display and film showing the ‘Unseen’ parts of Poole’s Cavern.

Poole’s Cavern Website


The shop stocks rock and mineral samples, jewellery, and a range of other goods including books, toys and gifts.

The BCA shop offers a range of gifts and pocket money souvenirs. Proceeds fund BCA’s work and events


There are baby-changing facilities, and a separate toilet adapted for the disabled. Toilets are in the main visitor centre building.

Litter Bins

Recycling bins are located outside and in the visitor centre. Please help us to reduce waste by recycling your plastic and cans or taking your litter home with you.

Picnic Areas

There are two picnic areas with wooden benches and trees by the visitor centre.

Opening Times

The Café @ The Cavern, visitor centre and gift shop are open;

9am – 5pm March – October

9:30am – 3.30pm November – February

Cavern Tours daily

Check the Poole’s Cavern website for seasonal times and booking

Our Partners

Poole’s Cavern is proud to be partners with Go Ape Buxton one of the highest courses in the UK We are also members of the Association of British and Irish Showcaves helping to promote good practice, conservation and research in to the unique underground world of the British Isles and Ireland.

Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park (BCA Buxton Civic Association Ltd) are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England whose purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.

We are members of the Visit Peak District Tourist Board and Accredited under the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) is managed by VisitEngland and, through its network of regional assessors, boasts an incredible reputation for instigating, modifying and shaping change to the customer experience at visitor attractions across England.