Temple Mine

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!).

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.

The Temple mine tour lasts about 1 hour.



Guided Tour Times 2019

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.

Spring    1st March – 31st March – please phone for details 01629 583834 as we are having work done in the mine.

Summer 1st April – 31st October: Weekends only at 1pm (Daily during Derbyshire school holidays)

Winter    1st November – 31st March 2019: Weekends only 1pm*

Please read the information on Accessibility further down the page to prepare for your visit.


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.


Tickets should be purchased from the museum.
No charge for children under 5 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.