Snailbeach Lead Mine

Useful Information

Location: Parking at Snailbeach Village Hall. Do not drive up to Lordshill or park on the mine site.
Open: Visitors Centre: Easter to OCT Sun.
Surface Tour: All year after appointment.
Underground Taster Tour: MAR to NOV after appointment.
Long Tour: MAR to NOV after appointment.
Fee: Surface Tour: Adults GBP 3, School Pupils GBP 1.
Underground Taster Tour: Adults GBP 4, School Pupils GBP 2.
Long Tour: Adults GBP 5, School Pupils GBP 3.
Classification: MineLead Mine
Light: bring torch.
Guided tours: Surface Tour: D=90min.
Underground Taster Tour: D=2h.
Long Tour: D=3h.
Address: Snailbeach Lead Mine, Peter Sheldrake, 11 Brook Rd, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury SY5 0QZ, Tel: +44-1743-790613. E-mail: contact
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1950s mine closed.
1999 wooden headgear of George's Shaft rebuilt.



The Snailbeach Lead Mine was the biggest lead mine in Shropshire. Mining started in Roman times and was finally closed in the 1950s. Although there is an underground tour, the most extraordinary aspect of this mine is the best preserved set of surface buildings of a lead mine in the UK.

The Snailbeach Mine area is mostly owned by the Shropshire County Council and visitors have free access. There is a trail which shows the most important buildings. This trail includes the Locomotive Shed, the Blacksmith's Shop and the Miners' Dry. The Miners' Dry has been converted into an interpretation centre. But the buildings are locked and the mine entrances are grilled.