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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.
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We tried several times on the web to buy tour tickets. Finally, called and made a reservation over the phone.

Russell was our handy guide (there are no self-guided tours) and he was knowledgeable.

It's very popular to visit castles and places where the well-to-do lived. This is a stark contrast to that and far more appealing- especially for children. It's a hands-on learning experience about life in Scotland and how many lived. We can all appreciate the difficulties they experienced.

It's about a 1.5 hour visit (less than an hour from Edinburgh or Glasgow) and a wee bit more if you visit the associated train, library etc.

There is also hill waking if you like the outdoors.

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"the cottages"
in 34 reviews
"gold panning"
in 39 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 21 reviews
"tour guide"
in 10 reviews
"pan for gold"
in 7 reviews
"fascinating insight"
in 7 reviews
"interesting place"
in 9 reviews
"industrial heritage"
in 3 reviews
in 11 reviews
"living conditions"
in 3 reviews
"an excellent guide"
in 3 reviews
"tea room is"
in 6 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 8 reviews
"staff were very friendly"
in 7 reviews
"hard hats"
in 3 reviews
"off the beaten track"
in 4 reviews
"remote location"
in 3 reviews

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

A fantastic museum consisting of 4 sites around the village. An excellent guide gave us a tour of the mine followed by the miner's Cottage, which reconstructs the living conditions for miners in 3 different periods. The Miner's Subscription Library, complete with the collection over 300 original books, was interesting as was the museum itself. Complete with friendly staff, a lovely tearoom and the views from Scotland's highest village, what more could one want? When I visited, a lack of rain! But such is life. The whole experience was fascinating and well worth the visit.

1  Thank MikeX4356
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

There are plans afoot to develop the mine tour and it does need it. You travel only 130 metres or so, on the same level into the mine. The tour of the cottage set through 3 different ages was interesting and the library sounded interesting but we didn't get there, as we should have arrived earlier (our fault) and the children wanted to pan for gold. Which they did and yes they found some too!
Have to give a special mention to all of the staff we dealt with. All were very friendly, patient and approachable and the lady on reception even went out of her way to put activity packs together for our grandchildren.

1  Thank Christopher O
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We phoned on a Sunday morning, booked the lunchtime tour and made our way down the M74 to J13 (Abingdon) and then the 9 miles to Wanlockhead. The tour comprises a small but very interesting museum, a guided walk (with Bob) 150m into the lead mine, the recreated miners’ cottages over three eras and a fascinating insight into the miners’ library which is the second oldest subscription library in Europe. We stopped for a break at the museum cafe and could have done some gold panning (extra cost) if we wanted. The staff were very amicable and it was a great way to spend a couple of hours in Scotland’s highest village. The realistic dummies helped bring the place to life.

Thank Swedishtomcat
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Visited today, went in the mine, museum, cottages and library - all brilliant and not one thing should be missed. All guides were brilliant, plenty of information and stories. A real must and visit for anyone in the area.

Thank IM2078
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