We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum of Lead Mining

| The Visitor Centre, Wanlockhead Village, Wanlockhead ML12 6UT, Scotland
+44 1659 74387
Review Highlights
Lead Mining Museum and coffee shop is a must to visit in Wanlockhead!

We had popped in for a hot chocolate and cake, wow,,,hot chocolate amazing, full of marshmallows... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2017
Liz F
Pittenweem, Scotland, United Kingdom
Gold panning course

Had a excellent day learning how to pan for gold, many thanks to the instructors, Leon and Alan not... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2017
Morpeth, United Kingdom
Read all 189 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Museum of Lead Mining, is situated in Wanlockhead Village, which is the highest village in Scotland, we are 1531 feet above sea level. At the museum we have our Visitor Centre, Tour of Scotland's only real underground Lead Mine, 3 Period Cottages 1750,1850 and 1910. We also have the 2nd Oldest Subscription Library with the original collection of almost 3,000 books, which is the original Miners' collection. This is a Recognised Collection. If you would like to sample Gold Panning you can try one of our taster sessions. After your tour you can sit and relax in our Tearoom and sample the delightful homemade treats on offer, then finally you can visit our Gift Shop which hosts Local Crafts, Minerals, and lots more. Wanlockhead is known as a SSSI Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good21%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“gold panning” (37 reviews)
“the cottages” (29 reviews)
| The Visitor Centre, Wanlockhead Village, Wanlockhead ML12 6UT, Scotland
Write a ReviewReviews (189)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 188 reviews

Reviewed October 16, 2017

We had popped in for a hot chocolate and cake, wow,,,hot chocolate amazing, full of marshmallows and cake to die for. The museum itself is so interesting to see how they mined for lead. My father worked the mines when he was just 15 to...More

Thank Liz F
Reviewed September 24, 2017

Had a excellent day learning how to pan for gold, many thanks to the instructors, Leon and Alan not forgetting John who kept the materials coming, even the scottish weather didn`t dampen our spirits, it was amazing to go home with a little bit of...More

Thank davidlaverick5
Reviewed September 15, 2017

Great fun gold panning here, even if i didn't make my riches :-) its a bit like fishing, without a catch. Photo below of someone gold panning in the valley.

Thank 328,433
Reviewed September 7, 2017

If a museum can be interesting and make visitors want to stay on a grey, wet day like the day we went there, then it really IS an interesting place ! It's worth going just for the pleasure of the drive through the hills to...More

1  Thank TheBuzzard2014
Reviewed September 5, 2017

We visited enroute to Portpatrick on a very wet day. Found this interesting and well presented museum with four closely situated sites in the village, all worth seeing. A good place to spend a couple of hours and then explore the surrounding area with so...More

1  Thank tamimandi
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

Visited here with my aunty as my great grandparents , her grandparents had lived here and great grandfather had worked in the mine. We wanted to see where they had lived and worked. Booked the whole tour which involved going into a mine, the miners...More

1  Thank Cath H
Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

We tried several times on the web to buy tour tickets. Finally, called and made a reservation over the phone. Russell was our handy guide (there are no self-guided tours) and he was knowledgeable. It's very popular to visit castles and places where the well-to-do...More

1  Thank Pannipannini
Reviewed August 29, 2017

A fantastic museum consisting of 4 sites around the village. An excellent guide gave us a tour of the mine followed by the miner's Cottage, which reconstructs the living conditions for miners in 3 different periods. The Miner's Subscription Library, complete with the collection over...More

1  Thank MikeX4356
Reviewed August 27, 2017

There are plans afoot to develop the mine tour and it does need it. You travel only 130 metres or so, on the same level into the mine. The tour of the cottage set through 3 different ages was interesting and the library sounded interesting...More

1  Thank Christopher O
Reviewed August 21, 2017

We phoned on a Sunday morning, booked the lunchtime tour and made our way down the M74 to J13 (Abingdon) and then the 9 miles to Wanlockhead. The tour comprises a small but very interesting museum, a guided walk (with Bob) 150m into the lead...More

Thank Swedishtomcat
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Blackaddie Country House Restaurant
81 reviews
6.25 miles away
Welcome Break Abington
60 reviews
8.28 miles away
Poppy's Tearoom
8 reviews
8.61 miles away
Jinty-B's Cakes & Tearoom
48 reviews
11.05 miles away
Nearby Attractions
The Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway
41 reviews
1.26 miles away
Crawick Multiverse
80 reviews
4.13 miles away
Wanlockhead Inn
51 reviews
.20 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
October 24, 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Stephen F | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is currently open from 11.00 til 4.30 every day of the week
Linda T
November 18, 2015|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from MuseumLead123 | Property representative |
Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. We are now closed for the Winter and due to open at Easter. Prices from last Season were £7.75 per Adult and Concessions/Child ££5.70. These prices will increase slightly next season... More