Nenthead Mines | Day Out With The Kids

Nenthead Mines

Alston, Cumbria, England

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Attraction Information

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Ages: 0-12

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

A really fascinating environment to explore with the landscape having been dramatically altered by the lead and zinc mining industry, and not in the nasty way one might suppose!

The unusually high metallic deposits in the soil have led to rare specimens of plant and lichen which are interesting to identify, leading to the site being an acknowledged Site Of Special Scientific Importance plus the industrial remains include atmospheric mine entrances and vintage buildings so it's a feast for a kids' imagination.

One of the outbuildings features a small museum with interpretive displays on local geological history, plus there are numerous trails and paths intersecting the surrounding grounds to explore.

90 minute guided tours through the mine itself are available on the special open days and well worth doing but it should be noted that these are few and far between, so plan (and book!) ahead. Membership is worth consideration too as it gains you access to additional events.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Onsite Onsite Shop
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3PD, England


Click here to visit Nenthead Mines's website
07718 385646

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

10:30 - 17:00 on open days which are very limited.


£10 per person

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