Galena, lead ore, has been mined in the Peak District since before Roman times. Until the 20th century many families in the area earned a basic living from this mineral. Discover more about this industry and how it shaped the landscape, at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and experience underground conditions at the authentic 1920s Temple Mine.
The Peak District Lead Mining Museum is situated within The Grand Pavilion, in the picturesque spa town of Matlock Bath, on the edge of the Peak District. It is easily accessible by car, bus and train.
The Grand Pavilion is Matlock Bath’s beautiful, but somewhat neglected 1910 pleasure palace, once used as a theatre and entertainments centre. To find out more about the building, its past, present and future, see www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk.
Experience the fascinating history of the Derbyshire lead mining industry, and of the many families who made their living from this gruelling work. The museum has something for everyone to enjoy and leanr from.
Take a guided tour into an authentic 1920s lead and fluorspar mine and try your hand and panning for gold.
2019 Opening times
Museum Opening Times 2019
Summer Through to the 3rd September we are open 10*am-5pm every day (last entry 4.30pm)
Autumn 3rd September – 31st October: open every day 11am – 4pm
Temple Mine* Tours 2019
Summer 1st April – 31st October: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday at 1pm* only (Daily during Derbyshire school holidays)
****Please note that the mine will be closed to visitors on Friday 14th June and Monday 15th July as it will be full of school children all day!****
Winter 1st November – 31st March 2019: Weekends only 1pm*
*Please note spaces on the Temple Mine tour are limited. Please phone to reserve places and avoid disappointment.
Temple mine is a real mine so waterproof, non-slip footwear is advised as the floors can be wet and slippery.
Within Temple Mine, the roof is low in places and you will need to bend.
You can choose to visit just the Museum only, Temple Mine only or you can buy a joint ticket at a discounted rate.
(Age 5 to 17 inclusive)
(Over 60s, students, disabled, carers)
(2 adults and up to 3 children)
|Museum & Mine||free||£8.00||£6.00||£7.00||£25.00|
For group bookings of more than 10 people, we offer the following discounted rates. Please see Learning for more information about group visits and available activities.
(Age 5 to 17 inclusive)
(Over 60s, students, disabled)
|Museum & Mine||£6.50||£4.50||£5.50|