Visit the most complete collection of lead mine buildings in the country nestled in a high valley with beautiful views out over the Shropshire countryside. Take an underground tour.

Snailbeach Mine image

Nearest to

Pontesbury, Snailbeach

Parking

Parking is available at Snailbeach Village Hall car park – a donation is requested.

Postcode

SY5 0NZ

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.614836, -2.9274789

Opening times

Every day of the year. The visitor centre is open from 11am to 4 pm on Sundaysand bank holidays from June to October.

About

With extensive, unspoilt views looking out over the beautiful Rea Brook valley, this site is a very important part of Shropshire’s industrial heritage and is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Snailbeach Lead Mine is the most complete collection of mine building remains in England.

This large site also includes pools, a small reservoir and areas of woodland for visitors to explore on a warren of paths and trails.

With extensive, unspoilt views looking out over the beautiful Rea Brook valley, this site is a very important part of Shropshire's industrial heritage and is protected as a scheduled ancient monument. Snailbeach Lead Mine is the most complete collection of mine building remains in England.

This large site also includes pools, a small reservoir and areas of woodland for visitors to explore on a warren of paths and trails.

Snailbeach was once one of the most productive lead mines in the world. Several funded projects over the last twenty years have restored many areas and buildings including Black Tom shaft headgear and recently restored ‘jigger’, the Locomotive Shed, Miners’ “Dry”, Winding Engine House and the Blacksmiths Shop. There are also many other buildings to explore including the Compressor House and Cornish Engine house.

These buildings are spread out on many levels across the whole site, and linked by a circular walk, although areas may be withheld from public access to respect residents’ privacy. The Shropshire Mines Trust has been active in the restoration of the mine, and still continues to be involved as custodians. There is a Visitor Centre, which is open on specific days or by appointment only and guided tours can be arranged. For further information, visit The Shropshire Mines Trust.

Shropshire Council along with Shropshire Mines Trust Ltd, continue to be successful in obtaining grant funding from English Heritage and other bodies. The most recent project working to restore several more buildings including the Cornish Engine House, the Crusher Complex, Resting Hill Chimney and the buddles helping visitors of all ages and abilities to fully experience the historical lead mining works at the Snailbeach site

Volunteering opportunities

There are opportunities for people to get actively involved, participating in volunteering activities to conserve the historical built heritage through Shropshire Mines Trust.

As well as the industrial heritage Snailbeach is important for its habitats and wildlife including rare bats and dormice. The site is part of the Stiperstones Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The variety of habitat along with the areas of spoil from mining have given rise to a valuable and unusual mosaic that supports a range of rare insects, butterflies and moths such as the Grayling butterfly which relies on the network of mine sites covering this part of the Stiperstones.

Snailbeach is also a gateway to the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve and other nature reserves close by such as The Hollies.

Parking and toilet facilities are available at Snailbeach Village Hall carpark.

Things to see and do

  • Take an underground guided tour through the old mine tunnels to see how and where the miners used to work. Tours are conducted by Shropshire Mines Trust.
  • Visit the most complete set of Lead Mine buildings in the country, take a guided tour.
  • Walk from Snailbeach out onto the Stiperstones and The Hollies visiting old miners cottages at Blakemoorgate on the way.

Getting there

There is a bus service from Shrewsbury through Snailbeach.

Join in

Shropshire Mines Trust – Snailbeach branch volunteer to man the visitor centre, give guided walks and carry out occasional practical work.

Web links

Shropshire Mines Trust

GOV.UK - Shropshire's National Nature Reserves

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