I wish I could have brought my friend, Audrey, to see this wonderful place. She works at a state park in Florida. This lead mining museum in Wanlockhead has a little bit of everything for everyone. You can do as much or as little of it as you like. Tours include, a real lead mine, no longer in use, gold panning for real gold, the miners library with books dating back to the 15th century. Hand written original first editions, the cottages with examples of how the miners and their families lived through the years, the tea room with the greatest scones I have ever tasted.
The staff was absolutely outstanding. Tony gave the mine tour. He was animated about the whole subject of the mine. He gave the whole history of it as if he had been there himself. He also had a great sense of humor which really made me enjoy the story even more. Wonderful man. Anne, gave the tour in the cottages. She also was very well spoken, insightful, and was careful to make sure everyone had a good view and could hear well. Her compassion for the families and what their lives were like came through. Also, very enjoyable to listen to. David, gave the tour of the library. He also was very passionate about the history of the library and people who lived there during that time. He played for us a recording of what a conversation between the librarian and a miner of the time obtaining his library card for the first time. It was not what it was today. It was also very interesting.
There is a nice gift shop there with all kinds gifts from very affordable to something very special if that's what you were looking for.
The surrounding village and scenery amazing. Black faced sheep dotted the area. You can bring your dog there if you like. It is a dog friendly place.
I did really enjoy it and would recommend it again and again. Too much to see and do just in one day. Also very affordable.
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