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“Loved it, well worth the trek.”

Museum of Lead Mining
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Owner description: Museum of Lead Mining, is situated in Wanlockhead Village, which is the highest village in Scotland, we are 1531 feet above sea level. At the museum we have our Visitor Centre, Tour of Scotland's only real underground Lead Mine, 3 Period Cottages 1750,1850 and 1910. We also have the 2nd Oldest Subscription Library with the original collection of almost 3,000 books, which is the original Miners' collection. This is a Recognised Collection. If you would like to sample Gold Panning you can try one of our taster sessions. After your tour you can sit and relax in our Tearoom and sample the delightful homemade treats on offer, then finally you can visit our Gift Shop which hosts Local Crafts, Minerals, and lots more. Wanlockhead is known as a SSSI Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Wales, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Loved it, well worth the trek.”
Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

Hidden treasures museum in Scotland's highest village was a real treat. We had a trip down the now disused lead mine and Tony our guide was both informative, friendly and funny. He also took us to the miners cottages through the ages. We then went up the hill to see Margaret in the old miners library, what a lovely lady she explained how the library came about and the various village trophies and medals won for various activities. We finally ended up panning for gold with Margaret and found some little pieces. What a find, it needs more advertising to get more people to see this lovely old village and it's history, and the lovely people that look after it and greet you. A good family day out that will show the kids more than a computer/iPad can show them, in a stunning location. Go on you know you want to : )

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Carol J
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Alton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely family day out”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Just spent afternoon doing tour of the mine & minors cottage, the guide was both interesting & entertaining for all age groups, we went with my two boys aged 8 & 10 and my 75 year old father in-law. We then panned for gold with Margaret, who was brilliant with the boys, really helpful & enthusiastic, where we has the unexpected bonus of finding some good sized specks of gold.
I was surprised to find such a different, lovely day out so close to Glasgow, plus if you approach the village from the west from the A76 & B797 the scenery is spectacular.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Jane D
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Motherwell, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

We really enjoyed our visit here, my youngest son had been doing a project at school and was keen to see what life was like then.
The guide, Margaret was very passionate and knowledgable about the mine and the miners cottages. She was very friendly and interacted well with the children. Very infor motive and a great day out.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Clampits4
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“We were charmed!”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We went on the tour of the lead mine and miners cottages. To be honest we weren't expecting much but were pleasantly surprised. Our guide was very interesting and entertaining. Well worth a visit in this beautiful area.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank crid16
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch.”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

We had lunch here one wet afternoon when out for a walk in the area. We got a nice warm welcome even though our coats were dripping. I settled for scrambled egg and toast which was very tasty. The fayre was based on healthy eating so don't expect chips on the menu. All very nice in very pleasant surroundings. I wll return.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Eric P
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