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Killhope Lead Mining Museum

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

If you are looking for somewhere different to go for a day out, bring the family to Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum in the beautiful North Pennines in Upper Weardale. From the moment you put on your hard hats, cap-lamps and wellingtons, your visit becomes an unforgettable adventure!

Accredited as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction , Winner of Sustainable Tourism 2013, Killhope offers a unique opportunity to experience a day in the life of a North Pennines lead miner and his family.

Killhope is very much a hands-on place, enabling and encouraging visitors to learn about the past through interaction and experimentation.

On the surface children (and adults too!) can have a go at being washerboys for the day? Dressing up in Victorian style clothes and clogs and using water and primitive equipment to find lead ore. Join one of the friendly and knowledgeable staff members on a guided tour of Park Level Mine, which tells the story of a bygone age of mining. Kitted up with wellingtons, hardhat and lamp you can get a glimpse of the harsh conditions that miners toiled in. Under 4's are free to come onto the site but they regret that they cannot go underground.

Opening hours

1st April – 29th October 2017 10.30 – 17:00

Last Entry

The last entry time is 45 minutes before closing time. 


Adults: £8.60

Concessions: £7.60

Kids (4-16): £4.70

Toddlers (0 - 3): Free

Travel & Contact Information


Near Cowshill, Upper Weardale, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 1AR, England

Phone number

01388 537505



Click here to visit Killhope Lead Mining Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities available in the visitor centre.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Killhope Lead Mining Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Milk / baby food warming facility. High chair in the cafe. Baby changing facilities are located in the cafe toilet.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Killhope has a newly refurbished shop and cafe! Admission to the café and shop is free, so why not pop in to pick up a souvenir, grab a coffee or a bite to eat?

No, Killhope Lead Mining Museum is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Killhope Lead Mining Museum have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Killhope Lead Mining Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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