The North Of England Lead Mining Museum

Useful Information

Location: Leave M6 at junction 40 and follow the A686 to Alston. Turn right on to the A689 and the Centre is on the right hand side of the road between Alston and Stanhope.
Open: APR-OCT daily 10:30-17. NOV Sun 10:30-16. DEC-MAR for groups, by appointment only.
Fee: Surface only: Adults GBP 3.40, Children GBP 1.70, Over 60's GBP 2.40
Surface and Mine: Adults GBP 5.00, Children GBP 2.50, Over 60's GBP 4.00.
Classification: MineLead Mine former 19th Century ore dressing mill.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Address: Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Cowshill, Upper Weardale, County Durham DL13 1AR, Tel: +44-1388-537505, Fax: +44-1388-537617. E-mail: contact
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1853 mining at Park Level Mine started.
late 1870s Park Level Mill built to crush ore and seperate it from waste material.
1910 mine closed.
1980 restoration started.
1984 museum opened to the public.
1996 Park Level Mine opened to the public.



The Centre has been developed on the site of a large 19th century ore dressing mill. The most imposing feature is the 10 metre diameter overshot waterwheel which once operated machinery in the mill building. Other buildings contain displays on the working conditions of the ore dressers, and there is an adit, Park Level, which can be visited. Underground there is another working waterwheel used to demonstrate how water was pumped out of the deeper mine workings. A reconstructed dressing floor contains working examples of hand operated ore-dressing machinery. Staff on the site are trained in disability awareness and whenever possible are available to assist. The Visitor Centre contains exhibits, a cafe and a well stocked gift shop. There is ample free parking.

You are only an hour from Tyneside, Teesdale and the Lakes. Whichever way you come, the Pennine scenery is wonderful.

Come dressed for adventure! Pennine lead miners were hardy folk. Killhope is 450 meters above sea level. Warm, waterproof clothing and sensible footwear are recommended. For the mine trip bring your wellies or borrow them at the mine.

Text by Tony Oldham (2001). With kind permission.