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Peak District Mining Museum

Type:Museum - Industrial

The Pavilion
Matlock Bath
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3NR
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Photo is of a group of people in the dark in Temple Mine. The only light is from the  lit candles they are holding close to their faces.

About

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

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Guide Prices

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.

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* From 1st April 2022 – open everyday of the week.

Week days 11am-4pm & Weekends 10am-4.30pm.

Mine tours 11am & 1pm every day (‘phone 01629 583834 to book on to the tour)

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Map & Directions

Road 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.

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A view of Matlock Bath from the river, shop fronts, cafes and the hills in the background Matlock Bath Information PointLocated within the Mining Museum, an extensive range of information can be found at the Tourist Information Point. Accomodation information is available from Touch Screen Kiosk.