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About Museum of Lead Mining

Looking for a day out with a difference? Look no further – we are a 4 Star Visit Scotland Attraction. Only 8 miles from the M74, The Museum of Lead Mining in Wanlockhead sits amidst the Lowther Hills, directly on the Southern Upland Way. The Museum is a not-for-profit charity run by a Board of Trustees dedicated to preserving the rich mining and social heritage and history of the area. Discover our 18th century lead mine where you will experience the thrill of going on the only underground mine tour in Scotland. Take a glimpse into the past by visiting the miners’ cottages and see how the miners and their families lived during the periods of 1750, 1850 & 1910. The Miners’ Library is one of three subscription libraries in Scotland set up by the Miners themselves. Due to it’s significance the library has been given Recognised Collection Status by the Scottish Government. A fantastic display of minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts are found in our Visitor Centre, along with our gift shop and tearoom. During our open season you can try your luck at finding your own gold. Yes! Real Gold! Our enthusiastic and friendly guides will teach you the basics of gold panning – you may just catch gold fever! Gold Panning Licenses are available from reception along with gold panning equipment for prospecting in the local streams. Due to health and safety reasons we regret that we are unable to allow under 5 year olds to take part in the underground mine tour.

Booking Policy

• Tickets purchased are valid for the season in which they are purchased. The season ends at the end of September each year.
• Children under the age of five go FREE. 
• Children aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult. 
• Tickets booked online will be emailed directly to the email address provided once payment has been confirmed. 
• Wanlockhead Museum trust operates a policy of no refunds or exchanges for tickets booked online or by telephone.  However, bookings cancelled because of a change in government guidance regarding Covid-19 will be refunded in full.
• We cannot refund tickets for the reason of adverse weather conditions. 
• Credit card transactions are made on a separate secure server, with full encryption of all credit card data. Your credit card details, and personal information, will not be shared with any other company or organisation. 
• Please be advised that promotions cannot be used when booking online or in conjunction with tickets purchased online. 
• The Trust reserves the right to refuse admission to any ticket holder and, in the interest of the public and for safety reasons, we also reserve the right to require visitors to leave the Museum of Lead Mining at any time. 
• Wanlockhead Museum Trust reserves the right to vary admission rates without prior notice 

• Details on this website are kept as accurate as possible, but Wanlockhead Museum Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors, subsequent alterations or inconveniences arising from them. 
• Visitors are advised that for technical, operational, and other reasons beyond our control, any activity or attraction may be closed or otherwise unavailable at any time. 
• Wanlockhead Museum Trust reserves the right to vary admission rates without prior notice. We use data for administrative purposes and demographic statistics that assist the online marketing of the Museum of Lead Mining. To learn more about how Wanlockhead Museum Trust uses your data and how it is stored, please read our privacy policy below. 

The following describes the information gathering and dissemination practices for any web presence by Wanlockhead Museum Trust, hereafter known as The Trust. This site may contain links to other sites for which The Trust has no responsibility for privacy practices or content. By using The Trust’s website, you acknowledge that you have read this Privacy Policy and that you consent to the use of your personal information for the purposes set out herein. If you do not wish to provide the personal information set out in this Policy, you should not complete the personal details in the spaces provided. However, in that case, we regret that you may not be able to make full use of certain sections of our website. What information we gather In certain cases, when using our booking system, making donations, or completing Gift Aid, The Trust collections personal information, such as name, address, email, and so on. How we use this information Your personal information is used for administrative purposes, and for the purpose of gathering visitor statistical data. When using our online booking system, you will be given the option to opt-in or out of receiving newsletters or other marketing information regarding activities at The Museum of Lead Mining. How we protect your information The Trust keeps all your personal information private and does not provide to, or sell, this information to any third party. Personal information by The Trust is stored in secure operating environments that are not accessible to the public. Website Traffic Data We use third-party analytics tools to help us measure traffic and usage trends, as well as online behaviour. These tools collect information sent by your computer or mobile device to our site, including the web pages you visit, add-ons, and other information that assists us in improving the site. It cannot reasonably be used to identify any particular individual user.

Cancellation Policy

Custom Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before your visit is scheduled.
A full refund will be given if there is any change in the museum's activity due to a change in Government guidance with regard to Covid.