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Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Upper Weardale, Cowshill DL13 1AR, England
+44 1388 537505
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Lovely place for a run out in beautiful surroundings. Not weatherproof so make sure you take a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ananon Y
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Interesting museum located in stunning countryside

We visited here with our 2 dogs. Very interesting site to learn about the history of lead mining... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum is a multi-award winning attraction and is situated 450 metres (1500 feet) above sea level in Upper Weardale within the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With breath taking scenery, underground adventure, hands on activities, fascinating lead mining history, woodland walks and amazing flora and wildlife, there is so much to do and see for all the family. On the site try your hand as a Washer Boy on the Washing Floor, and see what minerals you can find in the silt - maybe shiny pieces of galena (lead ore), quartz or fluorspar. Marvel at our iconic Armstrong Water Wheel and explore the Jigger House, Blacksmiths, Mine Agents office and Lodging shop where miners might have to stay especially during winter months! Get kitted up in wellingtons, hard hat and lamp to go on a memorable underground adventure into Park Level Mine with one of our knowledgeable guides and learn about the harsh working conditions of the miners. Unfortunately mine tours are unsuitable for children under 4 years and therefore we make no charge for their admission. Meander around the paths on site and venture into the woods and Hazely Hush to enjoy different views of the site, Weardale landscape and ancient mining techniques as well as our wonderful flora and wildlife. You may even be lucky and see our Red Squirrels. The Visitor Centre is all on ground level and includes our Exciting Exhibition introduced 2014 "Led Here by Lead" which gives an insight into the working and social lives of lead miners and their families in Victorian Upper Weardale. It explains the geology of the area and the minerals found. There is an Audio Visual of the story of Killhope and our magnificent and unique collection of Spar Boxes - a folk craft popular amongst the miners. Browse the gift shop and enjoy a cuppa and home cooked food in the cafe to complete a wonderful day out. Museum open daily between 1 April and 1 November 2015 11am - 5pm. Cafe open daily 10.30 - 5pm Although parts of the site are rough underfoot, the site is partly accessible with ramps to the buildings and washing floor. The visitor centre and its facilities are all fully accessible. An electric mobility scooter is available for use but it is suggested that this is booked in advance of a planned visit. Car parking is free with Disabled Parking reserved spaces close to the visitor centre entrance. Even in summer it is advisable to wear warm clothing and sensible footwear to make the most of your visit. We offer discounts for visitors who arrive by public transport or bicycle. Group visits are welcome - please contact the museum to make arrangements Dogs are welcome on site but need to be kept on a lead Please consult our Website for 2015 programme of events and childrens workshops. A fully priced ticket to the site is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
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Upper Weardale, Cowshill DL13 1AR, England
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+44 1388 537505
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place for a run out in beautiful surroundings. Not weatherproof so make sure you take a pacomac or something. Friendly staff and a dog friendly place with some cool nature trails, where might even see a red squirrel. A lovely day out.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here with our 2 dogs. Very interesting site to learn about the history of lead mining. My only criticism is that I think visitors would gain a better understanding if it was signposted which areas to visit in order. We wandered the site...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in social or industrial history then this is an ideal visit. We visited on a stunning day, perhaps wet and windy weather would have reflected the hardships of life here in 19th century. Large site with straightforward labels and uncrowded. Husband...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my parents and 4 year old and we all managed to have a great time, therefore this place is great for all the family! Very friendly male showed us around and allowed my son to search for treasure, which made him feel...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit to killhope and we went to see trapped. It was a well performed excellent show and I really enjoyed it. Well done to Rachel, Alex, Luke Brown, Luke Rigg, Hayley, Michael and Rosie. Well done

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A superb 'working' museum if you are interested in our industrial past. There is the opportunity to see almost all the above ground machinery working using water-power from an overshot waterwheel. The site is well laid out with clear explanations of the workings and you,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited with family we had a lovely day. Children’s ages 11 and 4 and both of them where entertained. The nature trail was beautiful. I would definitely recommend a day out here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the Killhope Mining Museum and found the Mine Tour to be authentic and conducted by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide (Andrew?). Water in the Mine is about 200mm deep. Kids on our tour got their rubber boots full of water, but adults were okay....More

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

My partner and I visited Killhope at the weekend, just in time for the mine tour which we really enjoyed. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Once the mine tour was finished we were left to our own devices and went to explore. We entered...More

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Hello and thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the mine trip and that you found our staff friendly and knowledgeable. Moving onto your concerns I think you might be referring to part of the washing floor which has seen better days,...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

We had a great tour guide, Katherine, who was very knowledgeable, but also made everyone feel safe as we toured the mine. Lots of interesting exhibits and artifacts, with good signage and facilities around the site. We spotted two red squirrels as we returned to...More

Thank Tracy S
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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Come back soon Tracey as we have just installed a new hide in the woods, we are also going to put a squirrel gym in so visitors can see just how agile the squirrels can be. We are really pleased that you enjoyed the visit....More

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About 15 to 20 mins
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Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do. You can take your own if you have them, but they also provide them free for those that need them.
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