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Museum of Lead Mining

| The Visitor Centre, Wanlockhead Village, Wanlockhead ML12 6UT, Scotland
+44 1659 74387
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One of my favourite places

I've been visiting this museum for nearly 30 years. I adore it. I've taken my Spanish husband and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Interesting Museum,informative guided tour of the old mine.

My wife and I visited the Museum several times. Staff VERY friendly and helpful. One of the ONLY... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karl B
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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.
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| The Visitor Centre, Wanlockhead Village, Wanlockhead ML12 6UT, Scotland
+44 1659 74387
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been visiting this museum for nearly 30 years. I adore it. I've taken my Spanish husband and my kids and plenty of visitors from abroad and when I'm driving from England if there is time I always stop off. There is so much history...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Museum several times. Staff VERY friendly and helpful. One of the ONLY places to have WIFI in the area. Had to purchase a license for gold panning for a week -£20 for two people,no-one ever came to check on...More

Thank Karl B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The scenic location oozes history. You might do well to start your visit, as we did, with a walk round the village and into the hills. Soak up the atmosphere! Have a light lunch in the excellent museum cafe. Buy an 'all parts' ticket -...More

Thank SkyeHolidays
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We came to the lead mine on Saturday 17th June and we were not disappointed weather was really hot on the day that we came. The tour guild was very good and could answer almost every question that was asked. "sorry but we can't remember...More

Thank William C
Reviewed 27 May 2017

We visited the Visitor Centre and the library and the Lochnell mine. It was all very good but we had the feeling it was missing a trick - they need to relax. The Visitor Centre and tearoom is just what you would expect though we...More

1  Thank BeepeeFalkirk
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We stumbled upon this place after taking a scenic detour and were delighted to stop and partake of the tours. Really interesting place, with excellent tours from guides with a real interest in the stories of the area. Well worth a visit. Good cafe too.

1  Thank Sally B
Reviewed 22 May 2017

The lead mine is well worth a visit even though it is a little off the beaten track. The admission fee covers 4 different options - a trip into the mine workings with a guide, a tour of miners cottages with a guide, a walk...More

1  Thank stevetheskier
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Small but very interesting, if the weather is good you can make a full day of your trip as part of the southern upland way goes thru the village and there are some lovely walks. The staff are all super friendly and helpful, the tea...More

1  Thank Leanna B
Reviewed 15 May 2017

On the face of it a lead mine doesn’t immediately sound like a children’s “attraction” however our visit there recently on a glorious sunny day was part of a successful outing with our granddaughter. We combined the trip with a ride on the nearby Leadhills...More

2  Thank Rantin rover
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Such knowledgeable, friendly and informative guides, who really brought history to life. The mine itself is easily accessible and great to see. Lovely village location high in the mountains, with spectacular approach roads from both sides. Thoroughly recommend.

1  Thank j-ho_NI
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Linda T
18 November 2015|
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Response from MuseumLead123 | Property representative |
Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. We are now closed for the Winter and due to open at Easter. Prices from last Season were £7.75 per Adult and Concessions/Child ££5.70. These prices will increase slightly next season... More