Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

The CIMM, Mill Lane
Skinningrove, TS13 4AP


Redcar and Cleveland

01287 642877

The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum was founded in 1983 by a group of volunteers acutely aware that the remains of the ironstone mining industry, which had once formed the basis of Cleveland’s growth & prosperity, were rapidly being lost, forgotten or destroyed and who set out to celebrate the heritage of that industry by the preservation, conservation and display of artifacts, photographs and documents relating to it.

The history of ironstone mining in Skinningrove as depicted by the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is of local, regional, national and arguably even international importance – the Sydney Harbour Bridge was fabricated on Teesside from steel produced at Skinningrove and every arch has the word Skinningrove stamped on it.

The discovery of the Main Seam of Cleveland Ironstone at Skinningrove in 1847 was the key that unlocked the industrial potential of Teesside. Over the next 20 years men flocked to Cleveland from the four corners of the United Kingdom, as one after another a further 80 mines opened – coalminers from Durham, Northumberland & Scotland, tin miners from Cornwall and farm labourers from Norfolk joined forces to make Cleveland the most important ironstone mining district in Victorian & Edwardian England responsible for one third of UK iron output.

Villages that previously had numbered their populations in handfuls counted them in thousands. Middlesbrough itself, described by William Gladstone himself as an “infant Hercules”, expanded from 7600 inhabitants in 1851 to almost 40,000 in 1871 and over 90,000 in 1901 as a direct consequence of the expansion of the iron & steel industry.


Many visitors come to the Museum seeking information about family members who may once have worked here or in one of the other local mines, and we do our best to help, although in most cases information is limited, unless the individual concerned had the misfortune to have an accident.

Opening Times

The Ironstone Mining Museum opening times are: 10.00 - 15.00

Room Information

Catering Facilities


Disabled access
Car Parking
Public Toilets
Gift Shop

Special Offers

Group booking discount available

Conscessionary price for students and 60 years +

How to Book

Telephone 01287 642877


From the North:  Take the A174 towards Loftus through Carlin How.  At the bottom of Loftus Bank turn left into Skinningrove.

From the South:  Take the A174 to Loftus, continue down Loftus Bank and turn right into Skinningrove.  Turn right immediately after travelling ove the first small steel bridge over Kilton Beck, and you will find us.  We have a Free Car Park for visitors use.  Disabled parking straight ahead up the bank.

Apporxoimate distances from local towns are:

Loftus 2 miles

Saltburn 4 miles

Middlesbrough 15 miles

Whitby 15 miles

Stokesley 17 miles

Please note that if you are using a sat nav that some have been known to be unreliable when directing visitors to the museum.


The nearest Train Station to the museum is Saltburn.

Buses run hourly from the Railway Station to Skinningrove.


ARRIVA bus network runs in the area/

X4 RUNS HALF HOURLY FROM Saltburn very close to the train station and stops in Skinningrove.  It runs from as early as 07.30 and as late as 18.29 from Skinningrove return journey.

Departing the X4 arriving in Skinningrove square simply follow the road taken into Skinningrove and take a left just before the small bridge to the museum.

On foot


The Cleveland Way runs along side the coast at Skinningrove, and visitors can reach Skinningrove on foot from Saltburn or Staithes along the spectacular cliff-side path.



Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence 2015

Museum Accreditation


Actual Haulage Drift