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Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

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Address: Keswick, England
Phone Number: 017687-79747
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A good place to visit in the rain

Decided to visit here as we have passed the sign for the quarry on countless occasions whilst driving along the A66. It is a disused quarry with a museum giving the history of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ruth J
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Workington, United Kingdom

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family came away from the quarry all having had a fantastic afternoon out. As parents we learned about the varied mining and geology in the Lakes, our son enjoyed the steam train and going in the underground mine (a very realistic reproduction), we all enjoyed walking around the amazing old machinery and seeing restoration in progress. Staff were fantastic... More 

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Workington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to visit here as we have passed the sign for the quarry on countless occasions whilst driving along the A66. It is a disused quarry with a museum giving the history of quarrying in the Lake District. There is also the chance to go underground with a guide to walk through a mock up of a lead mine, steam... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After driving up a rather neglected road we arrived in the car park and rather thought someone was winding us up. There's a load of dilapidated earth moving equipment, some caravans and a large prefab hut that is the museum and ticket office. First impressions soon turned out to be incorrect as we spent the next two and a half... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic morning out. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Amazing place with lots to do including a train ride, walks up to the quarry, museum and shop. Lots of vintage machinery to look around. You can also go into the mine but my son is only 4 and the age requirement is 5. Will definitely be back again so we can experience... More 

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Weymouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Initially went as my husband is researching Elizabethan mining and thought there would be stuff about the lead and copper mines - there was, though sadly no publication. But there was also a short ride on a narrow gauge train into the quarry, with a knowledgeable escort, who also opened up the engine shed for us to see the saddle... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were at a bit of a loose end so decided to visit this museum. Was a truly memorable day out. Trip on an old steam train too. But mainly different experience from the smooth museums and really informative about slate mining of which we knew nothing!

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Thank Jack B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This museum offers the perfect morning, afternoon or day out. The setting is dramatic. The range of equipment on show is staggering. The geological display at the ticket office is a bit of genius. I've struggled to understand (or been bored by) geology explanations all over the place, but this really explains the Lake District in a way that made... More 

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Thank Jon S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

This museum also has a miner's steam train ride, river panning and more on offer. It's a half day experience, and the site has great views of the surrounding area too. The volunteers are all friendly and know their stuff. The displays in the actual museum are full of information. It's recording such an important part of local history and... More 

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We recently visited the quarry and museum and were very impressed. Yes, it is indeed a bit rough and ready and perhaps not the slickest operation ever, though it certainly has a quirky charm and the volunteers who work there are both knowledgeable and friendly. On the day that we visited the old mine itself was closed so we were... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

First off if you have high expectation that this will be a modern working quarry then you should avoid. What you have here is a small place that gives you some insight into the history of mining in the lake district through exhibits and a tour of one of the mines. Kids loved the train ride even though it is... More 

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