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Killhope Lead Mining Museum

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Address: Upper Weardale, Cowshill DL13 1AR, England
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+44 1388 537505
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10:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
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Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum is a multi-award winning...

Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum is a multi-award winning attraction and is situated 450 metres (1500 feet) above sea level in Upper Weardale within the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With breath taking scenery, underground adventure, hands on activities, fascinating lead mining history, woodland walks and amazing flora and wildlife, there is so much to do and see for all the family.

On the site try your hand as a Washer Boy on the Washing Floor, and see what minerals you can find in the silt - maybe shiny pieces of galena (lead ore), quartz or fluorspar. Marvel at our iconic Armstrong Water Wheel and explore the Jigger House, Blacksmiths, Mine Agents office and Lodging shop where miners might have to stay especially during winter months! Get kitted up in wellingtons, hard hat and lamp to go on a memorable underground adventure into Park Level Mine with one of our knowledgeable guides and learn about the harsh working conditions of the miners. Unfortunately mine tours are unsuitable for children under 4 years and therefore we make no charge for their admission.

Meander around the paths on site and venture into the woods and Hazely Hush to enjoy different views of the site, Weardale landscape and ancient mining techniques as well as our wonderful flora and wildlife. You may even be lucky and see our Red Squirrels.

The Visitor Centre is all on ground level and includes our Exciting Exhibition introduced 2014 "Led Here by Lead" which gives an insight into the working and social lives of lead miners and their families in Victorian Upper Weardale. It explains the geology of the area and the minerals found. There is an Audio Visual of the story of Killhope and our magnificent and unique collection of Spar Boxes - a folk craft popular amongst the miners. Browse the gift shop and enjoy a cuppa and home cooked food in the cafe to complete a wonderful day out. Museum open daily between 1 April and 1 November 2015 11am - 5pm. Cafe open daily 10.30 - 5pm

Although parts of the site are rough underfoot, the site is partly accessible with ramps to the buildings and washing floor. The visitor centre and its facilities are all fully accessible. An electric mobility scooter is available for use but it is suggested that this is booked in advance of a planned visit. Car parking is free with Disabled Parking reserved spaces close to the visitor centre entrance.

Even in summer it is advisable to wear warm clothing and sensible footwear to make the most of your visit.

We offer discounts for visitors who arrive by public transport or bicycle. Group visits are welcome - please contact the museum to make arrangements

Dogs are welcome on site but need to be kept on a lead

Please consult our Website for 2015 programme of events and childrens workshops.

A fully priced ticket to the site is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

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Fantastic place for adults and children alike

Do time your visit to include a trip down the mine. Worth looking around the well laid out museum first so children understand what the mine is all about. If you have easily... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Do time your visit to include a trip down the mine. Worth looking around the well laid out museum first so children understand what the mine is all about. If you have easily scared children I wouldn't suggest they go down if they're under the age of 8 or 9. Our guide was extremely good with the children. It is... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review and we are glad your children took the opportunity to participate in the underground experience. It is lovely to end the season with such positive feedback and hope you are able to manage a repeat visit next year. More 

Kabul, Afghanistan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic day had by all. The tour of mine was for 45 min and very interesting. A lot to see for adults and thing for children to do . Staff are fantastic spent a lot of time with us showing us around .

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Thank Austen R
MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Myself and all the staff at Killhope are really pleased you had a fantastic visit and have taken the time to give us such a fantastic review. We hope that you are able to come and see us again next season. More 

Adlington, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We went to Killhope Lead Mining Museum in early September - the weather was very poor but this Museum was perfect for a wet weather afternoon. The cafe served delicious home made soup, the museum was fascinating, especially the spar boxes, the like of which we had never seen before. The guide who led the tour down the mine was... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit despite the weather and glad you managed to see the squirrels. Thank you for taking the time to record your positive comments and we hope that you are able to return to Killhope next season. More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

A very interesting museum that describes the history of lead mining which was an important industry in the area. The site consists of an indoor museum and a whole range of buildings and site works which brings history to life in an interesting and enjoyable way. The highlight of the visit is a trip into the underground lead mine. The... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, they are really important to us. It is lovely that you feel as we do that the information assistants/guides bring the history of the site to life and the mine trip is always a highlight for visitors. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Cambridge, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This, mostly outdoor, museum describes the history of lead mining on the site. There is a very interesting indoor section showing the history of the mine, and containing lots of minerals and strange boxes used to display them which were made by the miners. Out of doors, there are a number of buildings to visit andthere is a large outdoor... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Killhope Museum and taking the time to write about it. We are pleased you found there was plenty to do and see and that the red squirrels were out and about. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

It was heritage weekend from Thursday to Sunday so I was looking for somewhere for my husband and I to go for the day. Wanted somewhere a bit different and came across Killhope in the list. We expected it to be really busy with it being free entry but it wasn't too bad and there were still places to take... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to come to Killhope on one of the Heritage Open Days and for taking the time to write about your visit. We apologise for any inconvenience over the size of the wellingtons and will look into trying to obtain some as it is something which has been suggested before. Hopefully this will not put you off... More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

So on the way to Killhope you might worry that you are driving into middle earth ..especially if it is drizzling and the majority of the journey is covered in mist. Don't turn back! The museum is interesting and gives you the chance to learn about the realities of mining in the past. Though my children were too young to... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Killhope and taking the time to write about it. Its was a shame about the weather on the day you came as on a clear day the views in Weardale and the North Pennines are stunning. We hope you will come back again and hopefully the children will be old enough to experience the adventure of... More 

Consett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Looking for something different to do on a weekend I found that Killhope did a blacksmiths taster course, certainly different and appealing to me as I love tinkering with stuff. All of the dates on the website were booked up so I emailed on the hope of being put on a reserve list. Catherine emailed me back saying they'd had... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

So pleased you enjoyed the Blacksmith Workshop. Chris is full of knowledge and enthusiasm and everyone who has been on the workshops have thoroughly enjoyed it some inspired to take it up more seriously. It has been such a popular event as you say we had to put on an extra date this year and we already have a waiting... More 

Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Every year we have a family day out doing something we wouldn't normally consider - my husband and I are in our 40's and we go with parents that are retired. This year was Killhop Lead Mine. What a fantastic day it was. Lots of open space to explore and walk around. A red squirrel hide where we were lucky... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Killhope Museum for you family day out and so pleased you weren't disappointed. There really is something for everyone and to see our wonderful red squirrels is the icing on the cake. Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit and we hope you make the most of the 12 month ticket and... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We were looking for a wheelchair accessible place for a day trip in the North East for the kids and this place should up as 8th top place on an "accessible outings" website. So we visited and I will try and base our trip on the unique challenge we faced with a wheelchair plus kids. Firstly all the kids found... More 

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MariaKillhope1853, Manager at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to tell us and other readers about your visit to Killhope and we are pleased that despite the challenges you enjoyed your visit. Although the Visitor Centre is all on one level and there are ramps to buildings, because of the unevenness of the ground underfoot it can be difficult for visitors who have... More 

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