The Peak District Lead Mining Museum & Temple Mine, Matlock Bath
Discover the life of a Derbyshire Lead Miner. Investigate the equipment the miners used to extract the lead ore from the ground, clamber and crawl through our tunnels or visit Temple Mine, a real mine, on a guided tour and then pan for minerals.
The mining museum offers something for everyone in the family from the youngest, who love the mouse hunt and dressing up, the more adventurous children (and adults) who clamber through the tunnels, through to those with a special interest in industry, engineering, geology and mining.
The museum has artefacts ranging from a simple tallow candle up to huge water pressure engine originally designed by Richard Trevithick. These help to tell the story of the old lead miners who have mined this area from Roman Times through to the 1980s.
A guided tour of Temple Mine, a 20th Century lead and fluorspar mine, provides an underground experience where hard hats are needed and most people have to bend down in the lower passages! Your guide will explain about the equipment the miners used and about the geology of the hillside you are in. After the mine tour there is a chance to pan for minerals – you may even find something that glitters like gold.
The Museum also houses the Matlock Bath Through Time exhibition which explains how the village changed from a Georgian Spa Town to a popular Victorian day out, through to an almost sea-side-like village nestled in a beautiful valley.
No Booking necessary
Please see our website for ticket prices. You can choose to visit just the Museum only, Temple Mine only or you can buy a joint ticket at a discounted rate.Tickets should be purchased from the museum.
No charge for children under 5 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Wheelchairs available
- On-site light refreshments
- Children welcome
- Facilities for educational visits
- Parking with charge
- Gift shop
- Guided tours for individuals
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Accepts groups
|Open New Year|
* The Museum is open daily from 11am-4pm until the end of October 2021. We run mine tours at 11 & 1 on days when the Museum is open.
It is then open at weekends and during the Derbyshire School holidays until 1st April 2022.
Map & Directions
We are situated on the main A6 running through Matlock Bath. There is a 2 hour stay pay-and-display car-park adjacent to the Museum and two other long-stay car-parks within a ten minute walk. Accessible by Public Transport: Matlock Bath station is 0 miles away.
Public Transport Directions
Several buses stop directly outside the museum, including the Trans Peak, the 6.1 and the 140/141. These provide good connections throughout the region, for example to Matlock, Derby, Bakewell, Buxton, Nottingham and Manchester.
There is a regular train service running between Nottingham/Derby and Matlock Bath. The Museum is about 10 minutes walk from the Train Station.