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Museum of Lead Mining

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Address: | The Visitor Centre, Wanlockhead Village, Wanlockhead ML12 6UT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1659 74387

Museum of Lead Mining, is situated in Wanlockhead Village, which is the...

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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This is a really great place to visit. The drive there is throughout some beautiful countryside, just watch out for the wandering sheep! The trip into the mine is fascinating... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2016
Alison T
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This is a really great place to visit. The drive there is throughout some beautiful countryside, just watch out for the wandering sheep! The trip into the mine is fascinating and really worth doing even if, like me, you are claustrophobic. The cottages and library are really interesting and well presented. The tea room is excellent. It was really strange... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Didn't know what to expect when we arrived as it is not something I would normally do. The tour in the actual mines and the cottage was very informative and opens up your eyes into how people lived and how they improved their lives over time. We ate in the cafe in the main building, they were under staffed due... More 

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Stewarton Ayrshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We really enjoyed the intimacy of this experience, we were a couple in the library and part of a foursome in the mine and the cottages. All the tour guides, but especially Bob in the library were wonderfully informative and had the ability to make the characters who lived and worked in the village come to life. This is the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We had such an interesting tour of the mine and miner's houses thanks to the extremely knowledgeable staff. We had a small group, which made for quite a personal tour, and we came away feeling that we'd had a fascinating insight into the working of the mine and the worker's lives.

Thank Graham R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My wife lesley went on the gold panning course. She thought it was absolutely brilliant. The company was fantastic and the training was 1st class. She even came back with a bit of gold. Only trouble she has gold fever and wants to go back and thank you for the pack lunch and lift a big thumbs up for the... More 

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We decided to take the tour on our second day, whilst the weather was a little miserable, and what a very informative two hour tour. Firstly you go down the mine with Fiona who tells you about the worklife of the miners and shows you all the different processes involved, then up to the miners cottage to show you how... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We returned to the lead mine museum after a period of 30 years and now with 2 grandsons. The improvements to the museum and tour made our return so enjoyable. All the staff were most helpful and friendly. The tour guide, Margaret delivered an excellent and informative tour. The depth of details which was explained about living and working conditions... More 

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Visited last week with relatives, including a seven and three year old. Went into the lead mine and spent a great 10 to 15 minutes which was really interesting and even the 7 year old enjoyed it, the guide was really good and explained the working conditions in an easy to understand manner. One tip though don't wear sandals, as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Excellent museum. Very good, informative guides. The trip through the lead mine was very interesting. Well worth the admission charge.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

A lovely, scenic, historical place to visit if you are in the Dumfries area. The museum is a good thing if you are interested in how mining was done, get the actual feel of being underground, has a great library with some very old books. It has a lovely café & gift shop, if you fancy panning for gold you... More 

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