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Magpie Mines

Closes in 20 min: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
Open today: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
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Weekend visit from Hampshire....

We am now members of the Peak district mining society as we have been travelling up from Hampshire... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marcy H
Interesting find

We came across these lead mines as part of a long walk. Very interesting, worth a visit. Would be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nicky C
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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 1 week ago

We am now members of the Peak district mining society as we have been travelling up from Hampshire to actually stay at lovely Magpie Mine for a few years now.. Each time we've visited, we choose to sleep in the attic of the Smithy part...More

Thank Marcy H
PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

It is always lovely to hear from people who love Magpie as much as we do! It is a fantastic place to photograph.Thank you for your kind words - I will pass them on to the volunteers.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came across these lead mines as part of a long walk. Very interesting, worth a visit. Would be good in the spring when the wild flowers are in bloom.

Thank Nicky C
PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Magpie Mine is a beautiful site. You are quite right about the wild flowers in Spring - they are well worth a special visit! Thank you for leaving this review.

Reviewed September 30, 2018

Spend an hour wandering around here on our way from Bakewell. It is an Interesting insight into the past. Many of the buildings are ruins but you can still see how the lead was mined. Very interesting

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2018

Thank you for leaving a review, I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Magpie.

Reviewed September 9, 2018 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 SteffyB944
Reviewed September 9, 2018

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.

Thank angelakm2015
Reviewed August 26, 2018 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 August 28, 2018

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

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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.

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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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