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Lead Mining Museum at Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, Peak District

The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages

Lead Mining Museum, Matlock Bath

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The Lead Mining Museum in the Pavilion Building
The Lead Mining Museum in the Pavilion Building
The Mining Museum at Matlock Bath is owned by the Peak District Mines Historical Society, who also own and operate the Temple Mine opposite and Magpie Mine at Sheldon. All three are devoted to the history of lead-mining in the Peak. The museum is housed in the Pavilion building alongside the River Derwent - it's the former pump room of Matlock Bath from its days as a spa.

The museum has a fine collection of old mining equipment and artefacts from the former lead mines of the area including several very impressive pumps of various types - the Derbyshire mines were plagued by water problems, so pumping was very important and a major contributor to the cost of extracting the ore. There are also some small mock-ups of sections of a lead mine complete with sound effects, and lots of illustrative panels explaining the history of lead-mining, how the industry developed and what the work of a miner was like. The geological section is very informative and has some fine specimens, and finally there's a cafe. It's well worth a visit.

Temple Mine is just up the road opposite. It's actually a small former fluorspar mine rather than a lead mine, and was opened as recently as 1922 - quite a contrast with Rutland Cavern up the hill (at the Heights of Abraham). The display attempts to recreate the atmosphere within a small lead/fluorspar mine of this century, so it's interesting but don't expect anything very historical. There is a small railway for carrying out the ore, a chute and hopper system for taking the ore down to the lower level and a view of the mineral vein the miners were extracting. The kids can pan for lead or gold if they wish.

Matlock Bath - The Pavilion
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Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK293581 Click here for Google Maps

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How to get there

By Road:
the museum is housed in the Grand Pavilion bulding which lies alongside the A6 Derby-Matlock road in Matlock Bath. Short-term car parking (pay and display) is adjacent, and long-term parking is available up Temple Road opposite.

By Bus: the Trans-Peak Derby-Manchester bus passes the door, as do several local buses.

By Train: the Derby-Matlock line has a regular service and Matlock Bath station is about 400m from the Museum.
When is it open?

Mining Museum is open:

Beginning of Easter Holidays - 5th September: open every day 10am - 5pm

6th September - 31st October: open every day from 11am - 4pm

Winter 1st November - 31st March: Weekends only - 11am - 4pm

Temple Mine Tours (*numbers are limited):

Summer Beginning of Easter Holidays - 31st October: Daily 12 noon and 2pm*

Winter 1st November - 31st March: Weekends only 12noon and 2pm*
What does it cost?

Museum: £4.00 for an adult, £3.50 concessions, £3.00 for children and £12.00 for a family ticket.

Mine: £4.50 for an adult, £4.00 concessions, £3.50 for children and £13.50 for a family ticket.

Mine and Museum: £7.00 for an adult, £6.00 concessions, £5.00 for children and £20.00 for a family ticket.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening


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