Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Cowshill: Hours, Address, Killhope Lead Mining Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Killhope Lead Mining Museum
4.5
10:30 - 17:00
Monday
10:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 17:00
Thursday
10:30 - 17:00
Friday
10:30 - 17:00
Saturday
10:30 - 17:00
Sunday
10:30 - 17:00
About
Killhope is now OPEN - 7 days a week until the end of October and entrance is FREE this year! 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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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4.5
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mystic100
Norwich, England225 contributions
Fascinating
Sep 2021 • Couples
Well worth the stop for this free site. Could do with more information or guides to sell the story but if you ask staff more than happy to detail. Don’t miss out on the mine tour although you well need to bring your full length wellies!
Written 2 October 2021
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Peter M
1 contribution
Out of the way, but worth a trip
Sep 2021
Braving a cold late September day was worth it just to see the red squirrels from the specially built hide. The museum has a good indoor display tracing the history of lead mining and the rest of the site is spread over a larger area with good interpretation boards scattered around. The crowning glory was the leek & potato soup in the cafe- the best I've tasted!
Written 1 October 2021
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nexoy
West Sussex Coast508 contributions
Fabulous piece of history.
Sep 2021
As a person who uses a walking aid I found the staff very accommodating. From the moment we entered we had a very full explanation of what the the site consisted of and how much would be accessible to me. We were given a map and let loose. I was able to view the rooms with rock exhibitions, then up a gentle slop to the house where up to 42 would sleep in one room (!?) We were able to see the blacksmith making a bottle opener. Toilet facilities were pretty good too. The weather was perfect so we sat outside to eat homemade potato and leek soup, very nice it was too. Even for me it was worth a visit.
Written 19 September 2021
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MGCMGF
London, UK187 contributions
Worth checking out
Sep 2021 • Friends
The team here are very knowledgeable and very helpful. Great dog friendly place to visit. If you want to go into the mines you do need to bring your wellies. Cafe was nice. Also got to see some Red squirrels which was fantastic
Written 8 September 2021
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David B
Perth, UK23 contributions
Great for adults, children and dogs
Jul 2021
Fascinating museum with friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Wish we'd brought our wellies, but even without taking the tour there was lots to see and do. Great walks for those on two and four legs. So many red squirrels! The Steve Messam exhibition was fun and engaging, particularly the billboard in the woods. A great visit, particularly with no entrance fee.
Written 2 August 2021
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Helen B
6 contributions
Excellent mine
Jul 2021 • Family
The mining tour was excellent and very informative. 8 year old and 13 year old sons really enjoyed it too. Amazing to see the conditions they had to work in all those years ago. Really enjoyed the forest walk and got to see red squirrels up close. Had a snack in the cafe, food was ok but older lady working (seemed to be running cafe) was quite rude to younger girls working there. Not very professional in my eyes - shame as the attraction itself is excellent and I would have given 5 stars if cafe was better.
Written 1 August 2021
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Michael P
Buckingham, UK66 contributions
Lead down the mine
Jul 2021 • Friends
Visited with a group of friends in our 20s. Had a lovely tour down the mine with Andy which was entertaining and interesting. We then went to the Washer Floor to extract our own Lead Ore(!) which we loved more than the kids also there. The woman on the Floor was also friendly and helpful despite the weather not being brilliant.
Oh and we saw a red squirrel which is very cool!
AND IT WAS FREE!!!
A note that there is limited availability on tours. Contact them directly to check the process.
Written 31 July 2021
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EssexReviewer
Essex173 contributions
Great Day Out
Jul 2021
Lots to do for kids and adults alike, including going down the lead mine (wellies are a must), watching the red squirrels from the squirrel hide, watching the birds feeding from the bird hide, walks through the woodland. Our grandchildren loved 'the washing floor' and finding the shiny lead deposits and other minerals. The gravel playpark Is also great with lots of apparatus to move the gravel around. Coffee shop was very good, with plenty of choice. The staff were friendly, informative and helpful. Great day out !
Written 30 July 2021
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NotColin
Warwickshire, UK121 contributions
Interesting industrial heritage
Jul 2021
I hardly knew that there was a lead mining industry in the UK, but this museum did a great job of enlightening me. some really interesting internal museum displays, then a trip around the site, which was greatly enhanced by the knowledgeable guides. This is very much a work in progress and will be terrific when it is completed, but even so we spent several hours here. As a bonus we saw red squirrels from the squirrel hide.

They are not charging this year, possibly because of limitation imposed by COVID, but we were happy to leave a donation
Written 24 July 2021
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serengetisnow
Hythe, UK33 contributions
Fantastic family day out!
Jun 2021 • Family
We spent the day here and all had a great time. The staff were very friendly and informative, and let our 8 year old try the ‘washing’ stage of the mining process which he loved. We also enjoyed the walk to the squirrel hide and going down the mine. (You need to take wellies for this!) We had a lovely lunch in the cafe. The playground is also great with lots of apparatus to move gravel around, and the river with all its rocks was also a great attraction to play in.
Written 16 July 2021
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