Galena, lead ore, has been mined in the Peak District since before Roman times. Until the 20th century many families in the area earned a basic living from this mineral. Discover more about this industry and how it shaped the landscape, at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and experience underground conditions at the authentic 1920s Temple Mine.
The Peak District Lead Mining Museum is situated within The Grand Pavilion, in the picturesque spa town of Matlock Bath, on the edge of the Peak District. It is easily accessible by car, bus and train.
The Grand Pavilion is Matlock Bath’s beautiful, but somewhat neglected 1910 pleasure palace, once used as a theatre and entertainments centre. To find out more about the building, its past, present and future, see www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk
Find UsThe Peak District Lead Mining Museum
The Grand Pavilion
We are situated on the main A6 running through Matlock Bath. There is a 2 hour stay pay-and-display car-park adjacent to the Museum and two other long-stay car-parks within a ten minute walk.
By public transport
Several buses stop directly outside the museum, including the Trans Peak, the 6.1 and the 140/141. These provide good connections throughout the region, for example to Matlock, Derby, Bakewell and Manchester.
There is a regular train service running between Nottingham/Derby and Matlock Bath, the Derwent Valley Railway Line. The Museum is about 10 minutes walk from the Train Station.
A wide range of good value gifts and books are available in the museum shop. These include:
Rocks and minerals; Childrens’ toys; Confectionary and conserves; Mining history and geology books; local interest, walking and children’s books; activity guides and maps;
Hot drinks and chilled soft drinks available.
The Museum acts as a voluntary Visitor Information Point for tourist information. We stock a wide range of free leaflets for attractions in the area as well as accommodation guides. A variety of tourism books are for sale including walking books, maps and local area guides. Our staff will also try their best to help with any queries you may have.
Opening hours 2023 / 2024
6th Nov 2023 – 25th March 2024:
Open weekends and Derbyshire school holidays 11am-4pm with mine tours at 11am & 1pm & 2.10pm.
We will open during the week for pre-booked groups of 10+ people. ‘Phone 01629 583834 to arrange this.
Christmas 2023: We will be open every day from the 26th Dec 2023 through to the 7th Jan 2024 from 11am-3pm with mine tours at 11am & 1pm each day of the holidays.
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