Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum

A view of an old mine set in a hillside with a large water wheel
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Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, is a multi award winning museum. Killhope is the only lead mine in the North-east open to the public.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

11am to 5pm April to October

Closed: Nov - Mar - However we are open all year round for pre - booked groups of over 10

Admission charges

Adult £8,20 Concession £7.20 Children £4.50 Under 4 years free. Tickets valid for 12months
Prices correct 9/5/2015


  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage

Additional info

Killhope has a well-stocked shop and cafe.
Wonderful Woodland Walk which includes Red Squirrel Hide. Free Parking. Dogs welcome

Large Waterwheel
Items of Leadmining History
Industrial and Social History
Local Minerals
Spar Boxes

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Natural Sciences, Industry

Key artists and exhibits

  • Kathryn Hodgkinson
  • Pennine Jewels
  • Sir Kingsley Dunham
  • Sir William George Armstrong
  • Thomas Sopwith
  • Routes and Riches : Journeys to new lands
  • Soundmine
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Life as a Miner

  • 1 April — 1 November 2015 *on now

Created to give visitors an insight into the lives of Victorian lead miners, our fantastic new exhibition marks the completion of the first stage of the museum’s Rediscover Killhope project.

Killhope was one of the most productive lead mines in England in the late 1800s so the exhibition opens with a video exploring minerals and their industrial uses. The Led Here By Lead section also explains why it was the specific geology of the area that led to people choosing to settle at the top end of Weardale.

Visitors then make their way into a miner’s kitchen, where items reflecting the everyday life of Victorian miners, who usually combined their work underground with farming, are on display.

The mine manager’s drawing room features mineral collections, surveying equipment and scientific treatises, while our country show area offers an insight into the arts and crafts that occupied the miners during their spare time.

Killhope’s famous spar box collection is still well represented, with the Eggleston spar box, a two metre tall fantastical display of minerals assembled into a miniature cavern, taking pride of place in our new exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Kids Clay Play

  • 27 October 2015

Come along to Killhope and take part in some clay play

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


Normal admission plus £3.00 per child


Kids Spar Box Workshop

  • 29 October 2015

Visit the minerals and Spar Boxes in our collection and be inspired to make your own creation to take home. All materials supplied. Keep this very special folk craft alive! Booking recommended.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£8.00 per child Free entry to the museum for children in June


Hazely Hush Guided Walk

  • 31 October 2015 From 1:30pm

A free guided walk into Killhopes’ woodland environment. The hush will be explored, ancient mining techniques discussed and a chance to see our rare Red Squirrels. This is not a gentle stroll so stout footwear is essential. 

Suitable for

  • Any age


Animal Handling Session by Four Paws

  • 25 October 2015 1-4pm

Come along to an animal handling session at Killhope.

Sunday 26 July, 3 x ¾ hour sessions between 1 and 4 pm, £5.00 per child. Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission plus £5.00 per child


Nature Craft

  • 28 October 2015

Make insect hotels and hedgehog hibernation hotels to take home and help our wildlife over winter.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£4.00 per child

Halloween Crafts and Scary Tall Tales

  • 31 October 2015 11:30am-3pm

Be creative and engage with with wonderful story teller Adam Bushnell.

The craft activities will run from around 11:30 - 3pm.

Walking tours with our popular storyteller will set off at 12 noon, 1:15 and 2:30.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£4.00 per child plus normal admission

‘Letters to Santa’

  • 14 — 15 November 2015

Write your letters to Santa and them delivered by highly trained and responsible owls. See website for more details near the time. For bookings and further details please contact us on 01388 537505 or check out our website


£5.00 per person special admission price

Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum
Near Cowshill
Upper Weardale
Co Durham
DL13 1AR

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01388 537505

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.