Poole’s Cavern is open daily, regular tours each day. Closed Christmas, Boxing and New Years Day. All tours are with our enthusiastic guides on a 45-minute journey through the magnificent underground passages, rich in stalactite and stalagmite formations, legend and history. We are an all-weather, accessible, family & dog friendly attraction. We are the first Showcave to be featured on Google Streetview; you can explore our virtual tour of the cave at your own pace.

Explore the cavern with one of our expert guided tours

Opening Times:
Book your tour using our booking portal, 7 days per week.


  • All cavern tours must be booked in advance online. We cannot guarantee entry for walk up visitors.

  • Group sizes are limited to allow for social distancing and space to see the cavern and hear the guide.

  • Tours start promptly at the booked time. Please arrive in good time and enjoy our cavern exhibition before the tour starts, we cannot guarantee entry for late arrivals. We cannot refund tickets for late arrivals.

  • This visitor attraction is still Covid cautious. Tours are running at reduced capacity and hand sanitizer stations remain in place. Face mask use is optional.

Visitors with any additional needs requiring assistance can call on 01298 26978 or email info@poolescavern.co.uk to arrange your visit with us. For groups of 15+ or educational visits please call 01298 29678 or email info@poolescavern.co.uk to book. Note, we cannot guarantee group discounts during Peak Times.

The country park woodland trails are open all hours

Become a member of BCA

Find out more and send your application on the Buxton Civic Association website.

Did you know Buxton Civic Association Ltd is a charity? If you're a UK taxpayer and you agree, the government will give us an extra 25% on top of your admission fee.

It's called a Gift Aid visit and it makes a massive difference to attractions like Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park. Just ask at the pay desk to complete a quick Gift Aid declaration form, there's nothing extra to pay and as a thank-you we will give you free admission for a year (special events not included).

Your extra money will go towards local woodland conservation and heritage projects.

Important Info

  • Cavern tours are accompanied with a guide at all times.

  • Tours leave from the visitor centre exhibition area.

  • The Cavern tour is approximately 45 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.

  • As of 2024 we will now be a dog friendly attraction. All our standard guided tours will be Dog Friendly, although limited to 6 dogs per tour. If you have any special requirements please call us on 01298 26978 or email info@poolescavern.co.uk to enquire.

  • Photography is allowed on the Cavern tour.