Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum

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

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




01388 537505

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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

July 19th to August 31st 10.30 am to 5 pm
September 1st to 24th October 11am to 4pm
October 25th to November 2nd 10.30am to 5 pm

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 18/08/2014


  • 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
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.
photograph of ladybird

Kids Nature Craft

  • 2 November 2014 1:30-3pm

Make insect hotels to take home and help your friendly wildlife hibernate over the winter. Free to take home. Make a hedgehog hibernation hotel.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10


£4.00 per child.


photograph of forest

Twilight Lantern Walk

  • 25 October 2014 2:30-5pm

An afternoon of magical fun. Make your own lantern and bring it for a twilight walk through our woodland.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5.00 per person.


Killerton Woods

Volunteer Taster Day

  • 25 October 2014 10:30am-4pm

Come along for a free volunteer taster day and learn about working with nature.

Lunch and refreshments included. Please telephone to book a place.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Normal admission charges apply: Adult £8.20, Concession £7.20, Child (4-16) £4.50 (ticket valid for 12 months).


Photograph of Chalcanthite and Gypsum

Kids Spar Box Fun

  • 28 October 2014 11am-12pm, 1-2pm
  • 30 October 2014 11am-12pm, 1-2pm

Visit the minerals and spar boxes in our collection and make a spar creation of your own. All materials supplied. keep this very special folk craft alive! Booking is recommended.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15


£8.00 per person. Normal admission charges apply: Adult £8.20, Concession £7.20, Child (4-16) £4.50 (ticket valid for 12 months).


Girl peering through the trees

Campfire Fun

  • 1 — 2 November 2014 1-4pm

Make a campfire, woodland crafts, toast marshmallows on the fire and warm up with hot chocolate.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 5-6


£5.00 per person. Booking is essential.