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Magpie Mines

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What a surprise, we spent an hour wandering around, enjoying the peace, history and beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steffy B
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cheshire
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Lots of history

Lovely place to visit - best in reasonable weather :) Surface remains including the winding house... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
angelakm2015
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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Mining for lead has been carried out at Magpie Mine, near Bakewell, for over 250 years, and the site is one of the best examples of its kind in the country. The area is protected by Scheduled Monument status and there is free access on foot to the...more
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Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1QU, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a surprise, we spent an hour wandering around, enjoying the peace, history and beautiful views. The machinery and buildings make the mines feel as though the miners walked away yesterday. Interesting information boards. Great place. Great spot.

Thank Steffy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit - best in reasonable weather :) Surface remains including the winding house, of Magpie lead mine. Rough ground so boots or good shoes are useful.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is well worth a visit if you are in the area. The mine is well preserved and the atmosphere of standing within history is amazing. Do not expect a café, gift shop or car parking - this is an unmanned site which can only...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Magpie. On Sunday 16th September 2018 there will be a Heritage Open Day at Magpie, it will be much busier that day as there are free guided tours of the surface remains. It is...More

Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Went here today after finding on trip advisor, with husband and teenage son, was worth taking a look, lovely views, lots of history in lead mining, took lots of photos, glad we wentMore

Thank SWhite174
PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2018

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Magpie; it is very popular with photographers. The Peak District Mines Historical Society run a Heritage Open Day each year and this year it is on Sunday 16th September. There will be free guided...More

Reviewed July 11, 2018

Surface buildings of the Magpie Mine have been conserved and the site is fairly compact and easy to walk around. Will appeal particularly to those interested in industrial archaeology - also a very good spot to visit to take some interesting, artistic photographs - visit...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2018

We are pleased to hear that the interpretation boards helped you to make sense on the industrial archaeology of the site. In September each year we hold a Heritage Open Day with free guided tours of the site - this year it is on Sunday...More

Reviewed June 20, 2018

I stumbled on the mine by surprise whilst cycling the Eroica event and it was everything so many sites like this ought to be. Easy to walk to from Sheldon (beautiful) and largely un-tampered with. No 'Magpie Experience Centre' with turnstiles and gonks on sale...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

I am so pleased to hear that Magpie was such a lovely discovery! We agree that it is nice to visit somewhere free from gimmicks - Magpie is perfect just as it is. Thank you for leaving this review.

Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful surprise it was to visit this fascinating site. The setting is brilliant and the collection of old mine buildings together with information boards brings everything to life. Learning about the past is a highlight. It was atmospheric and beautiful. This is well...More

Thank HeafR
PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

The Peak District Mines Historical Society works hard to maintain this site. The information boards were new last year and we are pleased to hear that they are helping people to understand the site. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

A photographer’s paradise. Beautiful orchids and cowslip growing around the mine. Information boards erected around the site. Spent a good time photographing the mines at sunset. Great stuff!

Thank Zoe G
PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2018

Magpie is particularly beautiful at the moment with all of the flowers. We find that there are often photographers there at night as well as there is very little light pollution. Thank you for leaving a review.

Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Not far from Bakewell is this amazing piece of history. There is winding gear, a chimney, a tower and many other fascinating features. It has been well preserved and there are good information boards. Also a great place for spotting skylarks. You can easily cycle...More

Thank Adrian B
PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed exploring Magpie. Each year in September we have a Heritage Open Day at Magpie with guides who can tell you all about the mine. Thank you for leaving this review.

Reviewed September 14, 2017

We visited the mine on a very dull & drizzly day as we had seen a flyer for the open day whilst visiting nearby Ashbourne. The event was very well attended and the volunteers that helped out on the day were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and...More

Thank Al F
PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2017

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the heritage open day. We are very fortunate to have such skilled volunteers and I will pass on your praise. I hope that next time you visit Magpie it will be a sunnier day!

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Annamarieadams
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Dogs are allowed on the site so long as they are kept on a short lead. We do have cattle roaming the site so please be aware of where they are.
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