Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Killhope - A Grand Day Out! 

Killhope is a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines.

Famous for its working waterwheel, a visit to Killhope is a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Our team will ensure you have a day to remember, you can explore the site and exhibition halls, accompany one of our guides on a mine tour and visit the refurbished shop and café to complete a grand day out.

Killhope is also home to Great Britain's largest collection of spar boxes. These unique works of art made of crystals and minerals found by the lead miners working underground are also displayed at the site.

The museum is 450meters (1500 feet) above sea level. We recommend that even in summer you come dressed for adventure and wear warm clothing and sensible footwear so that you can make the most of your visit. 

Killhope offers an amazing day out for the whole family, whether you're looking for fun or to immerse yourself in history. Explore our woodland and visit the revamped Killhope shop and refurbished café to complete a grand day out. 

For information visit or call 01388 537 505.

Mine Trips at Park Level Mine

Put on your wellies and hard hat and join us for an incredible adventure underground. No visit to Killhope would be complete without taking a guided tour of our Victorian lead mine. Guided tours of the mine take about an hour from kitting up to kitting down. You will be underground for about 45 minutes. Wellies are essential as you will be walking through water but we can lend you some if you have not brought your own.

Explore & Experience Killhope

Explore the dark underground world of a lead miner in Victorian Upper Weardale. From the moment you put on your hard hat, lamps and wellies, your visit becomes an unforgettable adventure.

Experience life above ground working as a washer boy and see what minerals you can find amongst the silt - shiny bits of quartz, fluorspar or galena?

Enjoy all that Killhope has to offer, from breath-taking scenery and lots of wildlife to the gift shop and cosy café offering home baking and a wide range of tasty snacks.

  • Don't miss out on the working machinery in the Jigger House.
  • Our mine tour.
  • Viewing our collection of spar boxes, as well as our magnificent collection of minerals.
  • Our artworks and installations.

Events at Killhope

Lots of Seasonal events for families - for details visit

Normal admission prices apply for all events.

A responsible adult must accompany all children at each event.

Whatever the weather, you'll always get a warm welcome at Killhope!

For more information, opening times & directions visit


The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Near Cowshill, Upper Weardale, Co Durham, DL13 1AR
01388 537 505 Visit website