Temple Mine is a working 1920s lead and fluorspar mine, just across the road from the Museum. A guide will take you around the mine, providing an authentic insight into life underground.
At Temple Mine you will see:
Mine workings from the 1920s, 1950s and some that are over 200 years old
The tools and equipment used by the miners
A rare 1936 locomotive
A variety of rocks and minerals
Evidence of the geological processes that formed the surrounding landscape
Please note that there are some low ceilings, uneven floors and that the mine can be wet, muddy and slippy underfoot .Hard-hats are provided and sensible footwear is recommended.
Panning for ‘gold’
After the mine tour you will have the opportunity to try your hand at ‘gold panning’. Using a traditional style pan in water, you can find fool’s gold, galena and a variety of crystals which you can take home with you (but not any real gold!).
Visits to Temple Mine are by guided tour only. Numbers per tour are limited, so please call in advance or arrive early to avoid disappointment.
1st April until 31st October: Daily tours at 12 noon and 2pm
November 2017, February and March 2018: Tours are at 1pm on weekends only.
Tickets should be purchased from the museum.
(Age 5 to 17 inclusive)
(Over 60s, students, disabled)
(2 adults and up to 3 children)
|Museum & Mine||free||£7||£5||£6||£20|
The mine is accessed via a short but steep slope. The roof is low in places and there are steps and uneven floors within, which can get wet and slippy. This means that unfortunately it is not fully accessible. However, a DVD of the tour through Temple Mine is available to watch in the museum.