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Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

Keswick, England
017687-79747
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Ranked #20 of 33 Attractions in Keswick
Type: Specialty Museums, Mines
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lancaster
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

Visited on a very wet day could hardly see anything, the museum is a mix of the history of the mines and quarries and the geology, i didnt know there are so many types of slate. The trip on Sir Tom was a chance to see what the excavators looked like, and my family who went down the mine found... More

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Carlisle
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

It poured down with heavy drizzle all the time during our visit but a lot of the tour is in shelter. The museum is well stocked - perhaps too much so - detailing the mining history of the area. The train ride behind Sir Tom is good with lots to see from views to Blencathra and Skiddaw to the old... More

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

If you like piles of old quarry machinery, this is your ideal day out. My kids (7 and 5) loved panning for minerals, and then exploring the quarry - with loads (probably the Uk's largest) display of vintage excavators and other related machinery, all in different states of restoration. Well worth the money as we spent a full day there,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Honest and open. Not commercialised. Plenty of information. A great - and not expensive - way to spend a couple of hours.

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Stockton on Tees
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90 reviews 90 reviews
33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is not a sophisticated or glamorised museum but as most people wont know too much about the industrial heritage of the Lake District this visit was extremely interesting and informative. Run on a shoestring by volunteers I only have good things to report. I also realise how ignorant I was about all the mining in this area of Cumbria... More

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We didn't have time to go round the quarry because we were hunting out Saddleback Slate, which has part of its operations here (and provides many of the items in the quarry's gift shop). I'd found details of this place on the internet in my search for a fireside hearth in green Lakeland slate and this was collection day! I... More

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Hampshire, UK
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79 reviews 79 reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I don't understand the negative reviews on this brilliant way to spend an afternoon. Don't expect glitzy, big budget glossy exhibits, this is a proper old school industrial museum with all the grit of its subject. The museum has the biggest collection of quarry machinery in the country and is run by enthusiasts with a genuine passion for showing off... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

If you want to visit a quarry and understand how it worked, what can be better than jumping onto a little train, then spending time in the quarry with somebody who used to work it, and still sometimes does. I only found this place by accident, picking up a brown sign from the A66, but for the £3 I spent,... More

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Seaham, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Our family had been here before a few years ago and it is great to see how the attraction has improved over that time. We went for a little walk into the quarry to look at the vintage excavators before going for a ride on the steam train. It was a brilliant ride and well worth the money with many... More

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Whitby
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A very interesting place, lots of history, fascinating, although when my friend & I visited in June 2014 the loco wasn`t running till later on in the season although with great thanks to the staff we were allowed to visit the shed where the loco is stabled. The guy who took us down the mine certainly new his stuff and... More

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