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The Museum of Lead Mining

The only Underground Mine Tour in Scotland

Discover the history surrounding Wanlockhead village, Lochnell Mine and the stories of the people who lived and worked here.

Opening Hours 2024

The museum is re-opening on Wednesday, 6th, March 2024

The opening hours vary through the season. Please see ‘Visit’ for full details and check ‘News’ for updates.

All queries to or 01659 74387

Please check the news section for updates.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2024 – our 50th anniversary year!


Panning for Wanlockhead Gold

Gold can be found in many areas of Scotland and particularly in the Lowther Hills around Wanlockhead and Leadhills where gold panning has been popular for centuries.

Looking for a day out with a difference?

Look no further – we are a 4 Star Visit Scotland Attraction. Only 8 miles from the M74, The Museum of Lead Mining in Wanlockhead sits amidst the Lowther Hills, directly on the Southern Upland Way. The Museum is run by a not-for-profit charity run by a Board of Trustees dedicated to preserving the rich mining and social heritage and history of the area. Discover our 18th century lead mine where you will experience the thrill of going on the only underground lead mine tour in Scotland. Take a glimpse into the past by visiting the miners’ cottages and see how the miners and their families lived during the periods of 1750, 1850 & 1920.

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