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“Excellent preservation of local industrial heritage.”

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 5 September 2017

We visited enroute to Portpatrick on a very wet day. Found this interesting and well presented museum with four closely situated sites in the village, all worth seeing. A good place to spend a couple of hours and then explore the surrounding area with so much industrial history still evident. Finished with tea and freshly baked delicious fruit cake in the adjoining tea room. We would highly recommend this museum.

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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Visited here with my aunty as my great grandparents , her grandparents had lived here and great grandfather had worked in the mine. We wanted to see where they had lived and worked.
Booked the whole tour which involved going into a mine, the miners cottages , the miners library and the visitor centre.
The guides were very informative and the tour was very interesting if not a little emotional at times.
Going in the mine certainly made you think. Warning if suffer from claustrophobic tendencies maybe the mine not the best for you.
The miners cottages are split into different times. The library was very interesting was just a shame no record of my great grandfather but we did see a picture which might of been him in it.
We also tried the cafe, yummy lentil soup so would also recommend eating here.
A great few hours spent here. Thanks to all the staff and guides.

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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.

1  Thank Pannipannini
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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.

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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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