Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • A B
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Passionate about mining
    Excellent little museum. Doesn't look much but really well presented. Loads of information on Lake District geology and mining and friendly staff will talk for ages and interestingly about the exhibits. Cute little steam engine with train rides too. If you like big diggers they have about 80!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Bertie B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous place
    Absolutely fabulous. Spent over 3hours here although it would probably have taken a whole week to read and digest all the museum information. The museum building is small but crammed full of the most detailed information about the whole area in terms of mining and geology. To much to take in, in one go and perhaps not in a very child friendly format but such time and detail has been included. The train ride was in mainly open carriages and was greatly enhanced by the talk given in the quarry whilst the engine turned around. So much machinery and industrial heritage to see it's fascinating even if not your passion. Much is outside so best enjoyed on a nice day when the setting is beautiful. Easy to miss the lower yard display so do check out the map. Lovely clean toilets, free parking, cheap brews and cakes. Staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. Excellent all around.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • ellie r
    Telford, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mine, steam train and gem panning
    A beautiful location. A steam ride and panning for gems. My son loved the panning and the train ride and looking around the old machines. Our family really like machines so it was just our cup of tea. I think there is something for everyone to enjoy. The talk in the quary is lovely to discover the history. The staff are friendly and helpful and it’s a lovely atmosphere. Very educational and you could spend hrs reading all about the rocks. We spend around 2 hrs here. The cost is brilliant as it includes the train ride.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • JugandBottle
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely family day out
    Really lovely day out, the team working at the quarry were lovely to us and our young daughter, the museum is very interesting and has obviously had a lot of time and care taken over it. We loved our ride on the steam train to the quarry and we loved panning for gem stones too! A really lovely family day out enjoyed by all three generations of our family, thank you for a lovely day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • glendale resident
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great value for money
    Well worth a visit for adults and children alike. Informative little museum - good on geology as well as the history of the site. Great little narrow gauge railway taking s short trip around the quarries, past the "skeletons" of many old machines. Panning in the little stream brings up lots of lovely crystals for the kids. Nice little gift shop with hot/cold drinks and cakes available but no cafe...yet. Staff/volunteers all very friendly and informative. Excellent value for money.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • angelawA6201UJ
    326 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but mighty museum
    We visited here whilst on holiday on a “cloudy and cool” day. We were surprised and thrilled to find out that our admission price (which was very reasonable) also included a short ride on a miniature steam train. We also had a very informative talk (but not too long so that young children did not get bored) about the quarry. The scenery around this area is stunning. The exhibits and displays are a little tired and dated but extremely informative. It’s all “looking at and reading”. There are no “hands on” exhibits. There’s a very reasonably priced shop with souvenirs, gifts and ice cream. The car park is large and adequate. The toilets are “rustic” but clean. There isn’t a cafe but plenty of places to sit (outside) and eat a picnic.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Culture35287
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa train
    A great day trying to find Santa with success! Very organised. Lovely volunteers. A n enjoyable experience and we even got mince pies and mulled wine for the grown ups! Santa was lovely speaking to each of the children in turn. Look forward to returning in the summer to pan for gold!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • MrsSVD
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely local place
    A lovely place to visit with locals including locals in charge so lots of knowledge. The machine graveyard is interesting with realisation of size and scale. Tucked away in the hills, you’d never know it was there!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
  • Phil W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Day out - visit them they need you!
    What a lovely little place for a visit this is! Friendly staff (all happy) fascinating mining history in various rooms. The panning for minerals in a stream was brilliant as was the short train ride. A hidden gem. My 12yr old son (who loves rocks and gems) had a great experience as did I (His dad!)
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 April 2024
  • ladyita
    Windsor, United Kingdom142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden Gem
    Utterly delightful Lakeland gem. Excellent value for the money. Lots of detailed information on the Lake District Geology. Loved the little train journey to the quarry face. Staff are charming, helpful and know their stuff. Well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2024
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ladyita
Windsor, UK142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Utterly delightful Lakeland gem. Excellent value for the money. Lots of detailed information on the Lake District Geology. Loved the little train journey to the quarry face. Staff are charming, helpful and know their stuff. Well worth a visit.
Written 14 May 2024
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Phil W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What a lovely little place for a visit this is! Friendly staff (all happy) fascinating mining history in various rooms. The panning for minerals in a stream was brilliant as was the short train ride. A hidden gem. My 12yr old son (who loves rocks and gems) had a great experience as did I (His dad!)
Written 22 April 2024
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Philippa W
31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
On a rainy day in Keswick, with a poorly 7 year old and a toddler, we had a look on Tripadvisor for what on earth to do. A steam train and mining equipment - what could go wrong? And with those limited expectations, we were delighted. The tiny narrow gauge steam train was great - with cars (carriages sounds too grand) ranging from the completely open to the roofed and windowed (we, being nesh, chose the latter). The ride up the hill was lovely, and the talks at the top of the hill informative (though cold for said 7 year old and not particularly engaging for said toddler). We only looked at the machinery graveyard and quarry sides from the train, which was an experience of soggy and forlorn grandeur; sadly we didn't have the stamina to go for a walk among them in the rain. The tiny museum with its labour-of-love exhibits captivated the 7 year old (and the grandparents) and the collection of crystals and semi -precious stones was a delightful surprise.
Written 13 April 2024
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MrsSVD
Greater Manchester, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A lovely place to visit with locals including locals in charge so lots of knowledge. The machine graveyard is interesting with realisation of size and scale. Tucked away in the hills, you’d never know it was there!
Written 2 April 2024
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Culture35287
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A great day trying to find Santa with success!
Very organised. Lovely volunteers. A n enjoyable experience and we even got mince pies and mulled wine for the grown ups! Santa was lovely speaking to each of the children in turn. Look forward to returning in the summer to pan for gold!
Written 18 December 2023
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Shakeel
Birmingham, UK6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We paid £9 to enter the museum that was basically one room with various tools and rock samples. We were informed the train would take a 25 minute journey to the quarry but in all fairness it was a 5-7 minute ride. A stop for 10-15 minutes at the end of the line with no real significance to the location and a similar return journey. I do not consider this as a good return for the £18 we paid as a couple.
Written 7 November 2023
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Greenfields
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Such brilliant friendly staff, we all enjoyed the train ride and museum. Not sure who enjoyed the panning more the 5 adults or the 3 children 🤣
Dog friendly 🐶
Written 17 October 2023
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sue h
Birmingham, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed the working weekend, good to see people keen on putting life back into some of the really old machines so we could experience the smells, noise strength of the machines.
Written 2 October 2023
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Gemma H
Leeds, UK108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Came here with my partner and son as we were staying in Kendal for a bank holiday break and wanted to find things to do that would appeal to a 9 year old. The Days out with the kids (DOWTK) website which is great for ideas out had this place listed as a quarry and mining museum and showed there was a real steam train that takes you to see alsorts and takes about 25 minutes. It also said that there is an underground coal mine you can visit. My son is going to be learning about these in school in September so thought it would be a great place to visit. The roads leading up to the place (not actual roads as such, more of a private land style path road) really needed some form of attention as they are terrible and nearly damaged the car. The prices then, I asked if they do the disabled / carer concession which they said not so it was quite expensive for what you actually get. It cost £27 for 2 adults and 1 child then £4 for the panning. The panning consists of getting a little shallow bowl where you scoop the stones out of a small stream and see if you can find any of the small gemstone chips. You are given a small plastic container to put them in. The inside museum is quite small. To get to the quarry there is a steep 'path' up the hill. It is extremely muddy and very easy to fall so you have to be very careful. When we came there was a large amount of the 'path' that was waterlogged and extremely muddy, basically the path really is just largely where the grass has worn away and can be difficult to walk on. I use a crutch for a walking aid and found it very difficult to get up. I'm not sure those in wheelchairs would fair well on this unfortunately. The car park and tarmac areas near the museum are very uneven and lots of holes so you really have to be careful. The steam train was nice but doesn't last 25 minutes like the website says, the train goes so far then stops. You get out and the driver talks to you about how steam trains work. He then gets the train to the other side of the carriage and attaches it to take you back to where you came from. It was an enjoyable outing, doesn't last very long. I'd say the whole thing took us about 1 and a half to 2 hours maximum. Parking is free. I didn't see anywhere to get a drink or anything. The underground section that was mentioned online and the place still advertised inside the building as I noticed a couple of signs about it no longer is accessible. Apparently due to it being closed for a while during Covid, it became in a state of disrepair and as a result now apparently would cost too much to put right. It seems despite their being less at the museum to see, the price doesn't reflect this though. I guess it is worth a visit if you like this kind of thing but it's definitely something that once you have done it, you have done it.
Written 31 August 2023
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angelawA6201UJ
Market Harborough326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited here whilst on holiday on a “cloudy and cool” day. We were surprised and thrilled to find out that our admission price (which was very reasonable) also included a short ride on a miniature steam train. We also had a very informative talk (but not too long so that young children did not get bored) about the quarry. The scenery around this area is stunning.
The exhibits and displays are a little tired and dated but extremely informative. It’s all “looking at and reading”. There are no “hands on” exhibits.
There’s a very reasonably priced shop with souvenirs, gifts and ice cream. The car park is large and adequate. The toilets are “rustic” but clean. There isn’t a cafe but plenty of places to sit (outside) and eat a picnic.
Written 28 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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