Hidden Treasures - Museum of Lead Mining


Goldscaur Road, Wanlockhead, Dumfries & Galloway, ML12 6UT

    Situated in the heart of Scotland’s highest village at 467 m above sea level, the Museum of Lead Mining is fun for the whole family.

    Hidden Treasures, Museum of Lead Mining tells the story of how lead ore or 'galena' was extracted and the processes it went through to become the lead products that we know today.

    Hidden Treasures, Museum of Lead Mining is unique in Scotland, having the only real mine which is open to the public. Join the Museum's friendly and knowledgeable guides to discover treasures including the genuine 18th century lead mine where you can experience the thrill of going underground. Make your way along the village paths to the two miners' cottages and see how the miners really lived. Exploring the second oldest subscription library in Europe, where the bookstock has recently gained recognition as being a ‘Collection of National Significance'.

    In the visitor centre you will discover magnificent displays of minerals (including gold), mining and other local artefacts. During the months of July and August you can search for hidden gold by trying your hand at the ancient technique of gold panning.

    In the gift shop, you will find a great selection of gifts (many locally crafted), books, toys, rocks and minerals and gold panning equipment. Complete your visit with a trip to the tearoom to indulge in a delicious freshly baked scone, with a pot of tea or a coffee, or stay a while longer and choose from a wide selection of tasty meals, homemade soups, sandwiches and paninis.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2014 - 30 Sep 2014


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Children Welcome

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop


    • Disabled Parking


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Switch Card
    • Solo Card
    • VISA Card
    • Mastercard

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    • 2 for 1 on entry prices - Bring this advert and save either £7.75 or £5.70 
      Valid from 31/03/14 to 25/05/14

      Hidden Treasures, Museum of Lead Mining, is situated in Wanlockhead, which is the highest village in Scotland, we are 1531 feet above sea level.  At the museum we have our Visitor Centre, Tour of our 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.  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, and then finally you can visit our Gift Shop which hosts Local Crafts, Minerals, and lots more

      TERMS AND CONDITIONS This voucher entitles the bearer to one free adult or child activity when a full-price adult is booked for the same activity. The cheapest place will be free. Valid for one free activity session only. Not available on concessions, groups or with any other offer or promotion. Offer valid every day between 31/03/14 and 25/05/14, subject to availability and opening times. Not for use online. Voucher may only be used on day of attendance and surrendered on use. Not for resale. No cash value. Only original vouchers accepted. Void if altered or damaged. For opening times, prices, details and Ts and Cs, see the attraction’s website. All details correct at time of going to press, but we suggest contacting attraction prior to visiting.


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