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Killhope Lead Mining Museum

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Address: Upper Weardale, Cowshill DL13 1AR, England
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+44 1388 537505
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10:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
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Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum is a multi-award winning...

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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Very interesting visit

We visited the Killhope Lead Mining Museum while being back in the area where my wife and I were born and brought up. I had previously investigated the ancestry of my family and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Abergele
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Killhope Lead Mining Museum while being back in the area where my wife and I were born and brought up. I had previously investigated the ancestry of my family and established that they had been lead miners in Hunstanworth, so we set off to visit Hinstanworth but thought we would call in at Killhope on the way.... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Killhope Mine is a gem of an attraction, set in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We arrived in time for lunch in the café there, the food was freshly prepared and delicious, (we had the soup & sandwich combo) and couldn't fault it. We booked for a mine visit which lasted approx. 1hr 20mins, we were kitted out with hard... More 

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Thank car0lannjacks0n
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely day out here. It is definitely not just for children to enjoy and learn, me and my partner spent a good few hours here walking and exploring. The staff were enthusiastic, polite and helpful which made all the difference to our day. We enjoyed walking around the museum and the mine tour was great too - take... More 

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Thank Kenven16
Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

First, there is the beauty of the trip there, full of fantastic views. The museum is interesting and the trip into the mine is a gem 😀👍. Very knowledgeable guide and interesting stories. We were fairly late in the day, couldn't visit everything, but the ticket is valid for a year! Will certainly go again! The staff was more than... More 

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Thank Montdev
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

A bit pricey to get in but worth it. A good 4 hrs for us and good home cooked food for lunch. Friendly staff.

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Thank Tim H
MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the good feedback. I have passed your comments on to the staff and the café. More 

Keswick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Visited on a cold day in April but warm welcome by very helpful staff. Initial disappointment at missing a underground tour as we arrived 5 minutes too late due to misunderstanding on the phone was lost as there was so much to see before the next tour in 1 1/2 hrs. That was a great success and most interesting and... More 

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Thank bob21_10
MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Really sorry about any confusion caused but glad it didn't spoil your visit. I have passed on all your lovely comments to the staff. We hope you are able to visit again and maybe the weather will be better next time! More 

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

On a short holiday in the area we came across the museum by chance. It is well worth the visit and your ticket allows 'free' return visits for the following 12 months. Inside, the staff were very welcoming and explained everything on the site in detail. We booked in to go down the mine - we were given wellies, a... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Really glad you enjoyed your visit and saw our red squirrels. We hope you are able to visit us again soon. More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

Do time your visit to include a trip down the mine. Worth looking around the well laid out museum first so children understand what the mine is all about. If you have easily scared children I wouldn't suggest they go down if they're under the age of 8 or 9. Our guide was extremely good with the children. It is... More 

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Thank Leanne C
MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review and we are glad your children took the opportunity to participate in the underground experience. It is lovely to end the season with such positive feedback and hope you are able to manage a repeat visit next year. More 

Kabul, Afghanistan
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic day had by all. The tour of mine was for 45 min and very interesting. A lot to see for adults and thing for children to do . Staff are fantastic spent a lot of time with us showing us around .

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Thank Austen R
MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Myself and all the staff at Killhope are really pleased you had a fantastic visit and have taken the time to give us such a fantastic review. We hope that you are able to come and see us again next season. More 

Adlington, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

We went to Killhope Lead Mining Museum in early September - the weather was very poor but this Museum was perfect for a wet weather afternoon. The cafe served delicious home made soup, the museum was fascinating, especially the spar boxes, the like of which we had never seen before. The guide who led the tour down the mine was... More 

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Thank V30jay
MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit despite the weather and glad you managed to see the squirrels. Thank you for taking the time to record your positive comments and we hope that you are able to return to Killhope next season. More 

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