Peak District Lead Mining Museum

The Peak District Mines Historical Society established its museum in the pump room of the former spa of Matlock Bath, which was immensely popular in nineteenth century after the opening of the Midland Railway through the Derwent Valley. There are many images and artefacts relating to lead mining in Derbyshire, including several pumps. A water pressure engine of 1819 is a particularly notable exhibit. There is a large collection of rocks and minerals. Visitors can climb ladders, crawl within a replica mine and get lost in a maze, and can also drive a large excavator through a simulator.

The Temple Mine on the opposite side of the A6 main road is small working for fluorspar opened in 1922, which visitors are able to explore. The railway used for taking away fluorspar remain within the mine and visitors are offered the opportunity to pan for gold or lead ore.

The Museum is the focus for the Peak District Mines Historical Society’s underground trips in Derbyshire, and the starting point for heritage walks. It is also responsible for the management of Magpie Mine.


Peak District Lead Mining Museum
The Grand Pavilion
196 South Parade
DE4 3NR Matlock Bath
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1629 - 583834