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Temple Mine

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!).

Guided Tour Times

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 2015, February and March 2016:
Tours are at weekends only 12noon and 2pm.
Tickets should be purchased from the museum.


 Under 5AdultChild
(Age 5 to 17 inclusive)
(Over 60s, students, disabled)
(2 adults and up to 3 children)
Museum free £4 £3 £3.50 £12
Mine free £4.50 £3.50 £4 £13.50
Museum & Mine free £7 £5 £6 £20
All children must be accompanied by an adult.


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.



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