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Museum of Lead Mining

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Address: | The Visitor Centre, Wanlockhead Village, Wanlockhead ML12 6UT, Scotland
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+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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a wee gem

only stopped here for a coffee on our way home, but ended up doing the full tour of the site... and we were so glad we did. Site is split into 4 areas and you need only pay for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

only stopped here for a coffee on our way home, but ended up doing the full tour of the site... and we were so glad we did. Site is split into 4 areas and you need only pay for the areas that you want to go to ( i recommend you do all 4). Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.... More 

2 Thank 100derek
Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited over the Easter weekend - it was particularly cold and windy - so getting between the mine, cottages and visitor centre was a challenge. The tour guide was good and made the visit worthwhile - the mine was very long or deep - but did give you a feeling of what it would have been like to mine... More 

1 Thank sdl1010
New Abbey, null, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a lovely drive through the glen from the A76 to Wanlockhead we arrived the Lead Mining Museum visitor centre. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. Tearoom had a good selection on its menu and reasonably priced. The museum is split over 4 areas: mine, cottages, library and museum. Thoroughly recommend the ticket to visit them all. The library is... More 

1 Thank Ian F
Dunbar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated in the out of the way village of Wanlockhead this is a fantastic find. The area is desolate with very few trees and the landscape is therefore unspoilt by the usual mass of forests that hug most of Scotland's mountains. I visited on a sunny day and it was lovely. The museum was small but full of artefacts from... More 

1 Thank Ian M
Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum with friends and although I could not go to the mine due to my mobility problems my friends enjoyed the experience. The cafe served home made soup and sandwiches ,cakes coffee tea and is good value for money . If ever in the vicinity , well worth a visit.

1 Thank andrewfmthomson
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today 7/4/2017. Myself and my partner went on a tour down the old mine, the guide was really friendly and provided lots of great information. After this we went into the small shop for a look around and bought some cool little stones, we were served by a lady called Kathy who really made us feel welcome. To end... More 

2 Thank CraigYoung78
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited again today as we passed by last week but the Museum, shop & cafe weren't open. Bob, the guide helping with the gold panning was helpful & very informative. Didn't get rich but did find a few bits of gold which you get to keep. Lovely few hours spent in a beautiful place, visit definitely recommended.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This was an excellent and very informative tour which encompassed an old lead mine, a variety of miners' cottages through the ages, the subscription library and the museum. I think it was scheduled to be an hour but took more like 2 hours, no complaints on our part for that. It's a fascinating insight into the hardship suffered by the... More 

1 Thank Paul T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

After submitting a poor review in July 2016, we were kindly invited back to visit and discuss our concerns. We visited again in September 2016 and were pleased to have a completely different experience. Our concerns regarding the cafe had not only been listened to but had been acted upon. The cafe was clean, had new staff who were helpful... More 

4 Thank Carole K
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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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 

2 Thank Alison T

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