Things To Do

Things To See

Magpie Mine

The Magpie Mine contains the remains of the Cornish pumping-engine house and chimney, with the headgear of the mineshaft and winding winches. A cottage used as the Field Centre of the Peak District Mines Historical Society, and various other buildings. There is an ore-separating jig, horse-gin circles, crushing circles, tram lines and spoil heaps.

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Peak District Mining Museum

The Peak District Mining Museum is situated in 'The Pavilion' at the centre of Matlock Bath in a picturesque limestone gorge. Visit a museum where you can experience and wonder at the forgotten world of the Derbyshire lead miners. For centuries, these men toiled underground in cramped and hazardous conditions to earn a paltry living by extracting the mineral galena (lead ore). See for yourself and enjoy a look into an industry that did much to shape the landscape and prosperity of Derbyshire and its notable families.

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Peak Rail

Peak Rail run regular heritage passenger trains between Matlock Riverside and Rowsley. A large car park at Rowsley makes it an ideal way to beat the traffic jams to get into Matlock. An on-train dining service is offered on selected trains. Footplate experience courses, where you can get your hands on the controls of a steam engine, can be booked. Special events are featured at different times of the year (Santa Specials run through December).

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