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Museum of Lead Mining
Wanlockhead Village
Dumfries and Galloway
ML12 6UT

Phone: +44 (0) 1659 74387
Email: info@leadminingmuseum.co.uk

Visitor Information

Opening hours 2024

Re-opening Wednesday, 6th March, 2024            

Visitor Centre Museum, Tearoom and Gift Shop open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am until 3pm. Please ask about tours and gold panning taster session at reception.

From Wednesday, 27th March, 2024

Visitor Centre Museum, Tearoom and Gift Shop open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am until 3pm.

Guided tours of Miners’ Library, Straitsteps Cottages and Lochnell Mine at 11-30 and 13-00

Please book gold panning taster session at reception.

From Tuesday, 4th June, 2024

Visitor Centre Museum, Tearoom and Gift Shop open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm.

Guided tours of Miners’ Library, Straitsteps Cottages and Lochnell Mine at 10-30, 12-00 and 13-30

Please book gold panning taster session at reception.

From Wednesday, 4th September, 2024

Visitor Centre Museum, Tearoom and Gift Shop open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am until 3pm.

Guided tours of Miners’ Library, Straitsteps Cottages and Lochnell Mine at 11-30 and 13-00

Please book gold panning taster session at reception.

Closing for the winter Sunday, 29th, September 2024

Bank Holiday opening

Good Friday and Easter Monday 11-3pm

Monday 6th May 11-3pm
Monday 27th May CLOSED
Monday 5th August, 10 am until 4 pm
Monday 26th August, 10 am until 4 pm

Museum closed – Private Function Tuesday 9th July 2024.

Getting Here

By car we are just under an hour from Glasgow, an hour and a half from Edinburgh and just over an hour from Carlisle.

Directions from M74 – approx. 15 minutes
Your junction number from the M74 will be determined by the direction in which you are travelling. If you are travelling northbound on the M74 then use junction 14.

If you are travelling southbound then leave at junction 13.

The Museum is well signposted from both junctions.

Directions from A76 – approx. 15 mins
To reach us from the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road, check out the map and you will see the junction for Wanlockhead (B797) is just outside the village of Mennock, two miles from Sanquhar.

This route will take you through the spectacular Mennock Pass, as it climbs up to the village.

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