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
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.