Discover A Golden Day Out

Museum of Lead Mining

Make your way along village paths to the miners’ cottages and see how the miners really lived in the different periods of 1750, 1850 & 1910 before exploring the second oldest subscription Library in Europe. Enter the Visitor Centre to discover a fantastic display of rocks, minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts.

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Opening Times

30th March to 21st October,  11.00am-4.30pm

For 2018, the Museum, the tea room and the shop* will be opening between the 23rd October to the 23rd December Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11.00am-4.00pm.

24th December to end of March CLOSED 


*This does not include mine, cottage or library tours*

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+44 (0) 1659 74387

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Ticket info

All 4 Sites (Mine, Cottages, Library & Museum)

  • Adult: £12.50
  • Child: £7.90 (Please note that the mine is unsuitable for children under 5yrs)
  • Concession: £11.00

Single Site Mine or Cottages

  • Adult :£5.50
  • Child: £4.50

Single Site Museum/Library

  • Adult/Child: £4.50

What's On

Welcome to the Museum of Lead Mining What's on section.
Our events team are working on adding new exhibitions and activities.

Please come back soon.


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The Collection

Wanlockhead is recognised for its Miner’s Library, the second oldest subscription Library in Scotland and indeed Europe and was established ‘...for our mutual improvement.' on the 1st November 1756 with 32 men. The Library was funded by subscriptions from the Miners, but a contribution was also made by mining companies too in order to encourage ‘self-improvement’ in the miners.