Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Upper Weardale, Lanehead, County Durham, DL13 1AR

Killhope 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, amazing flora and wildlife including red squirrels, there is so much to do and see for all the family.

On the site try your hand as a Washer Boy, and see what shiny minerals you can find in the silt- maybe pieces of galena (lead ore), quartz or fluorspar. Marvel at our iconic Armstrong Water Wheel and explore the Jigger House, Blacksmiths, Mine Agents office and Lodging shop where miners might have to stay especially during winter months! Get kitted up in wellingtons, hard hat and lamp to go on a memorable underground adventure into Park Level Mine with one of our knowledgeable guides and learn about the harsh working conditions of the miners. Unfortunately mine tours are unsuitable for children under 4 years and please note that there is a mine tour supplement of £3 Event not suitable for children under the age of 4.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 10 September: 1100-1700
  • Friday 11 September: 1100-1700
  • Saturday 12 September: 1100-1700
  • Sunday 13 September: 1100-1700

Booking Details

No booking required


The Visitor Centre is all on ground level and is fully accessible. It includes exhibition area, disabled toilet, shop and cafe serving home made food. Although parts of the site are rough underfoot, the site is partly accessible with ramps to the buildings and washing floor. Car parking is free with reserved areas for people with disabilities close to the visitor centre entrance. Even in summer it is advisable to wear warm clothing and sensible footwear to make the most of your visit.

Additional information

Max 13 people per tour/session. Dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. Event suitable for ages 4 to adult, although we regret children under 4 cannot go underground. Dogs are welcome on site but must be kept on a lead


Situated on the A689 mid way between Stanhope and Alston/ Bus service (Thurs-Sat) terminates at Cowshill, 2.5 miles east of Killhope, but on request will run to Killhope and pick up on request. Contact Weardale Motor Services on 01388 528235 for further details. See website for Roof of England Bus Sunday service in September.


Organised by

Durham County Council

Date last modified: 26th June 2015 at 14:50

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