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 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 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 & 1910. The Miners’ Library is one of three subscription libraries in Scotland set up by the Miners themselves. Due to it’s significance the library has been given Recognised Collection Status by the Scottish Government. A fantastic display of minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts are found in our Visitor Centre, along with our gift shop and tearoom.
During our open season you can try your luck at finding your own gold. Yes! Real Gold! Our enthusiastic and friendly guides will teach you the basics of gold panning – you may just catch gold fever! Gold Panning Licenses are available from reception along with gold panning equipment for prospecting in the local streams.
Due to health and safety reasons we regret that we are unable to allow under 5 year olds to take part in the underground mine tour.