Killhope is open to visitors for free this summer, offering people the chance to celebrate the county’s lead-mining heritage seven days a week.
A number of outdoor events will be held at the Victorian lead-mining museum throughout the summer. Small groups will also be able to take part in guided tours of the underground mine and look for lead ore and minerals on the washing floor.
The museum will open seven days a week from 10.00am until 4.30pm, with final admissions at 3:30pm. Cafe open 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Killhope is a multi award winning Victorian lead mining museum offering a great day out for the family. Guided mine tours, working water wheel, original machinery, exhibitions, workshops, family events, performances, stunning scenery, shop and cafe.
New for 2023
Art installation Bling Box takes its inspiration from the world class collection of spar boxes at Killhope.
There are approximately 600 casts of traditional spar boxes that have been painted and decorated by school children and visitors to the museum during a series of workshops led by Bridget Kennedy. Half were taken home by their creators and half were left for the construction of Bling Box.
Inspired by the rich botanical landscape and the lead tolerant flowers that grow at Killhope, this art exhibition features a wall mounted mural piece made from 165 individual prints created by artist Carole McCourt.
The prints were produced during 2022 in workshops with the public and local Weardale schools and were made using a metal point technique, where metals such as silver and copper are used to make marks on paper.
Special events will take place throughout the year. Check Killhope's website for details.
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- VAQAS VB Attraction
- Visit England VAQAS 2021
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2017
- Visit England Code of Practice 2017
- Visit England Visitengland Hidden Gem 2016
- Visit England Best Told Story 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good51
- Tonia GKillhope mining gemSaturday, 26th August 2023My son loves visiting here and I can’t believe more people don’t know about this hidden gem of a place. we couldn’t believe it was still free ( even after covid). The lead mine tour is amazing but we... Read full review
- Adventure61354384534London, United KingdomWell worth a visit.Thursday, 7th September 2023Very interesting and staff were so enthusiastic in passing on their knowledge. They really engaged with the children there too, giving them a great time. Read full review
- Sunshine651282Appalling customer serviceWednesday, 20th September 2023Don't expect a warm welcome from the Duty Officer , she treats customers like they're a bloody nuisance ! Belligerent , unhelpful and downright RUDE !! Don't expect an apology from her bosses... Read full review
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- Out of Hours Visits
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free)
- Dogs Accepted - On a lead.
|2023 (1 Apr 2023 - 31 Oct 2023)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:30|
|Bank Holiday||10:30||- 16:30|
* Cafe 10am - 4pm
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A69. Take the A689 road, Killhope is situated between Alston and Stanhope.
Public Transport Directions
Traveline 0871 200 22 33 for general transport information. Weardale Motor Services run a regular bus service through Weardale. Normally this terminates at Cowshill, 2.5 miles east of Killhope, but certain summer services will run to Killhope by request. Please contact Weardale Motor Services for details and booking tel: 01388 528235 for details. If you arrive by this bus we'll give you a 10% 'Green Discount' on your entry fee! If you come on your bike you'll get a 10% 'Green admission discount' Look out for the roof of england Sunday bus through out the summer 2013 season