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
- 1964angiehHistory comes to lifeTuesday, 10th October 2023Excellent museum with very knowledgeable staff. The exhibits are very interesting and well laid out. There is also a nice walk round the site and a scenic picnic area. We had lunch in the cafe and... Read full review
- Carolyn BTrip Type:FamilyHidden gem to exploreWednesday, 25th October 2023Came across this lovely Victorian lead mining museum by chance. Full of history and plenty of hands on things for the grandchildren. The little cafe is good and the gift shop full of interesting... Read full review
- Mark TNewcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomDisappointedWednesday, 1st November 2023As the weather was looking bad, we decided to go here earlier in the holidays than we'd planned. We took wellies, which are essential, and did the mine trip. The guide was lovely. But the mine is... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Out of Hours Visits
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free)
- Dogs Accepted - On a lead.
|2024 (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)|
|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