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Museum of Lead Mining

| The Visitor Centre, Wanlockhead Village, Wanlockhead ML12 6UT, Scotland
+44 1659 74387
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There’s lead in them there hills

We phoned on a Sunday morning, booked the lunchtime tour and made our way down the M74 to J13... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Brilliant visit

Visited today, went in the mine, museum, cottages and library - all brilliant and not one thing... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed yesterday

We phoned on a Sunday morning, booked the lunchtime tour and made our way down the M74 to J13 (Abingdon) and then the 9 miles to Wanlockhead. The tour comprises a small but very interesting museum, a guided walk (with Bob) 150m into the lead...More

Thank Swedishtomcat
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited today, went in the mine, museum, cottages and library - all brilliant and not one thing should be missed. All guides were brilliant, plenty of information and stories. A real must and visit for anyone in the area.

Thank IM2078
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited the museum for the second time and still fascinated with it all. Well worth a visit. Unfortunately, the day we visited the tour was running a little late and the guide was a little abrupt (unintentionally, I suspect) with one of the other members...More

Thank Stephen F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. The visitors centre, the mine and the cottages were interesting but the jewel in the crown was the Miner's Library, fascinating place! Stout footwear and waterproofs recommended for the mine itself. Nice cakes in the cafe.

1  Thank atherwitzend
Reviewed 1 week ago

i visited the museum by chance while passing through the village of wanlockhead and was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness and the knowledge of the staff overall a great day out can imagine this would be a good day for a family with children

1  Thank wilkie46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Due to unhelpful people we werent even able to visit. Didnt reply to emails and when i phoned to ask if if was suitable to visit was told we are booked.. helpful NOT

Thank lauren81Cumnock
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're visiting Dumfries & Galloway, or simply heading north on the M74, do not miss this unique insight into the area's industrial heritage. The opportunity to visit a lead mine that once employed boys as young as 8, to see the conditions in which...More

2  Thank David F
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 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

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 15 July 2017

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 13 July 2017

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
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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