Killhope Lead Mining Museum


Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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Equipped with hard hats and lamps, you can explore the working conditions of Victorian lead miners. The lead mine and 19th-century crushing mill have been restored to look as they would have done in the 1870s, and the 34ft water wheel has been restored to working order. There is also a visitor centre with an exhibition showing a lead miner's cottage, as well as the unique Spar Box collection. There are woodland walks to explore, a hide for watching red squirrels, and a regular programme of workshops and events. A recent development is the availability of yurts, either for overnight accommodation or for private events during the day. There are three yurts, one of which can accommodate up to 15 people. The two smaller ones can sleep 4 adults and 2 children. All yurts have a wood burning stove, drinking water dispenser and the large one has electricity. Firewood is included in the charges.

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Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Weardale,Cowshill,BISHOP AUCKLAND,County Durham,DL13 1AR
Phone : 01388 537505

About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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