Killhope, The North of England
Lead Mining Museum
|Contact for visits:||lan Forbes.||Year established: 1984|
|Address:||Cowshill, Upper Weardale, County Durham DU3 1AR|
|Email:||killhope [at] durham.gov.uk|
|Website:||http://www.killhope.org.uk||Show on museum map|
|Area of interest:||North Pennine lead mining and ore separation. See also Friends of Killhope.|
|Main geographical areas:||
|Opening times:||1st April to 31st October: Daily 10:30am to 5:00pm.
Extended opening hours on Bank Holidays and during school Summer holidays.
|Current admission details:||Surface only Including mine.
Adult £4.50 £6.00
Child £1.70 £3.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £11.00 £17.00
Over 60s / Concessions. £4.00 £5.50
|Educational facilities:||Killhope specialises in arranging visits to suit all ages and interests, with guided tours.|
|Archive collection:||By appointment.|
|Artefact collection:||By appointment.|
|Current projects:||New exhibits: Sir Kingsley Dunham display of North Pennine minerals and spar boxes. Completion of two replica and working Brunton buddies and reconstruction of sizing trommels in the jigger house by the Friends of Killhope.|
|Location:||Beside the A689 between Stanhope & Alston NGR NY 825 431.|
|How to get there:||By Road: Leave the M6 at junction 40. and follow the A686 to Alston. Turn right onto the A689, when the Centre is on the right hand side, midway between Alston and Stanhope.
By Bus: Buses run regularly to Killhope via Stanhope. During the summer months there are direct connections from further afield.
|Additional information:||The Centre is developed on the site of a large 19th century ore dressing mill. The most imposing feature is the 34ft diameter overshot waterwheel which once operated machinery in the mill building. Working hand dressing machinery. Underground there is another working waterwheel used to demonstrate how water was pumped out of the deeper mine workings. Staff on the site are trained in disability awareness and wherever possible are available to assist. The Visitor Centre contains exhibits, a cafe and a well stocked gift shop. There is ample free parking.|
Last updated: 07/11/2021