Temple Mine

Peak District Mining Museum

Useful Information

Location: Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. On the A6 trunc road in Matlock Bath. Peak District Mining Museum is in the Pavilion, Temple Mine on the opposite side of the road.
Open: Temple Mine: Easter-OCT daily 12-16. NOV-Easter weekends only.
Peak District Mining Museum: Easter-OCT daily 10-17 (longer at busy times). NOV-Easter daily 11-15.
Closed Christmas Day.
Fee: Museum: Adults GBP 3, Children GBP 2, OAP GBP 2.50, Family (2+4) GBP 8.50.
Mine: Adults GBP 3, Children GBP 2, OAP GBP 2.50, Family (2+4) GBP 8.50.
Joint Mine and Museum: Adults GBP 5, Children GBP 3, OAP GBP 4.50, Family (2+4) GBP 11.50.
Classification: MineFluorite Mine MineLead Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Bibliography: Lynn Willies (1990): Magpie Mine, A guide for visitors, 16 pp, photos, maps.
Address: Temple Mine, Peak District Mining Museum, Peak District Mines Historical Society, The Pavilion, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NR. Tel: +44-1629-583834. E-mail: contact
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1922 start of mining works.
1959 Peak District Mines Historical Society formed.


Flurite and lead ores in clefts of the limestone.


The Peak District Mining Museum shows numerous displays of mining methods used around Matlock. It shows tools and equipment involved in the extraction of the minerals. Working models, informative displays, and a slide show explain the mining techniques. Rocks and minerals of the area are on display, including the Howie Collection. The museum also contains two artificial mines, which are very popular especially with children. One represents a climbing shaft and the other called Hazzard Tunnel shows the difficulties and dangers of mining.

Temple Mine shows the explained techniques in reality.

A nearby sight is also explained at the museum: Magpie Mine at Sheldon, near Bakewell. The surface remains of this 18/19th century lead mine are the best in Britain.