It was first mined at Treak Cliff and by 1770, 16 mines were extracting the stone and selling it to several firms in Derbyshire who turned it into ornaments, vases, clocks and jewellry.
Blue John is only found in this area of Britain, andsmall pieces of the mineral are still plentiful, large pieces are now rare.
The centre houses a fascinating museum as well as a full range of tourist information services.
It contains some excellently preserved Box pews from the 17th century with dates on.
Castleton has a lot to offer the large numbers of visitors it attracts in terms of interest and history and has always attracted many visitors.
A short strenuous walk up onto the Great Ridge provides magnificent views of both Edale Vale and the Hope Valley.
For places to eat and drink in Castleton and the Hope Valley see Castleton Food and Drink Castleton Visitor Centre Castle Street Castleton Hope Valley Derbyshire S33 8WG Tel: 01433 620679 Email [email protected] Opening times 2017 : January: Weekdays 10.30am 4.00pm, Weekends 10.30 4.30pm February: Weekdays 10.30am 4.00pm, Weekends & half term (13th 21st February) 10.30am 5.00pm March: am-pm April: 10am-5pm daily May: 10am-5pm daily 29th May (Garland Day) 10am-6pm 1 June 22 July: 10am-5pm daily 23 July 4 September: 10am-pm daily 5 September 31 October: 10am-5pm daily November: am-5pm daily Castleton visitor centre is situated at the very heart of the village.
Contains changing displays in the exhibition room, which shows off the talents of local artists, photographers and crafts people.
See also Edale Castleton main attractions information at a glance Peveril Castle Market Place, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WQ Carol Clemett: English Heritage Tel/Fax: 01433 620613 Website: The impressive remains of one of England's first Norman Castles with spectacular views across the Peak District. Peak Cavern Peak cavern Walk, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WS Tel: 01433 620285 Website: spectacular cavern containing historic ropeworks inside Britain's largest cave entrance.It is a time of considerable pageantry with people dressing in Stuart fashions and choosing a King and a Queen for the day.They lead a procession through the village, the King covered in a great cone of flowers. Aside from the castle, some of the older buildings in the village are the Castle Hotel, dating back to the 17th century, and Castleton Hall, a fine 17th house, now a Youth Hostel.Peak Cavern is the source of the village river, Peakshole Water and as such it is the only Cavern that has to be closed during the winter due to flooding.In the mouth of the cave, the largest in Britain, rope makers use to live and work.On a hill, overlooking Castleton, is the ancient Peveril Castle.