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Address: Keswick, England
Phone Number: 017687-79747
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Hubby's 34th birthday!

My OH had heard about this place & with him and our 7yo daughter being huge geeks, it was the perfect choice for his birthday today. Gorgeous drive up through the Lakes & St Johns... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2015
Clare D
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

this is an interesting place with an interesting museum on mining in the lake district and the minerals that there are. there is (wait for it) a 2" steam railway going a short way from the museum and washing floors into the old quarry, past the sheds and round the sharpest corners and up the steepest gradients you've ever seen... More 

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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Initial impressions were that the entry prices (charged separately) were a bit steep. How wrong we were. The museum was packed with objects and photos, expertly labelled and presented. This showed the history, geology and engineering expertise of the mining industry. The train ride was a good idea and the trip down the mine with a very informative guide was... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

hi , called last week on a spur of the moment idea.. We were early and the only four people on site. We had an excellent time, train ride up to the quarry and a chance for my 74 year old aunt to climb aboard a giant truck! She was offered the ignition keys but bottled it. Then after a... More 

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We called again recently especially for the Vintage Excavator weekend.. We spent two days there, wonderful late summer weather on the first day, second day a bit "Lake District". despite having been several times the museum is still worth the visit with wonderful displays including detailed history of quarrying in the area The train trip to the top of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

My OH had heard about this place & with him and our 7yo daughter being huge geeks, it was the perfect choice for his birthday today. Gorgeous drive up through the Lakes & St Johns in the Vale with the exception of the last half a mile to quarry itself. Upon arrival, the place looks unorganised with huge pieces of... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

on first impression I thought it would be boring, however it turned out to be informative and a great tour of the mines and the train ride was fabulous, loved the end where you could explore the open mine. Loved looking at the old collection of diggers Inc king Kong. Worth a trip up. Bring a coat and a picnic.

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

You could easily spend a day here. Fascinating museum and a wide range of mining/excavating machinery. We did not have time to do the underground tour but 'Sir Tom' was steam hauling on the railway! Try to plan your visit round steam days.

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Kids loved the panning for gold - we found diamonds, rubies and silver too, honest! The mine tour was very informative and just dark enough to thrill the children. You pay for each individual experience, so can do things as cheaply as you like

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Valley Heights, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

What an interesting place. Not sophisticated and really very quaint if the site of big machines of bygone times gets you going. The volume of machinery is really quite astounding. The museum has much more information than most can absorb, incredible detail. The train trip up into the quarry was a treat. The mine exploration is a fascinating attempt to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited today and on the drive up the rather "bumpy" road we began to question if we had made a bad choice. We agreed that if we reached the car park and it was empty we would turn back. However when we pulled into the car park there were quite a few cars so we decided... More 

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