Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum
Average time spent – 2 hours.
Things to do at Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum review
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum is 3 miles out of Keswick. It’s a well signposted, short drive off the A66, set in a gorgeous location. It has beautiful views of Blencathra and feels like a hidden gem away from the busier parts of The Lakes.
The museum isn’t very big but it’s easy to spend at least half a day there if the weather is dry. The majority of things to see are outdoors so I don’t think a wet day would be too fun. The museum is dog-friendly (other than the mine).
There’s a small indoor museum that is home to a Quarry Room and a Mining Room. They have artefacts, plans and photographic records of explorations of local mines, information about the geology of the Lake District area and the quarrying of local limestone, sandstone, granite and slate.
For an additional cost of £3 for an adult and £1.50 for a child, visitors can take a short journey along a pleasant little route on a narrow gauge railway. Visitors are taken into the old quarry and a short informative talk is given by the train driver and guard. It is really interesting for both adults and child and the volunteers are really enthusiastic in the roles and happy to share their knowledge.
Visitors over the age of 7 can take an underground tour of the mine for an additional cost. There’s also a huge yard with lots of machinery and quarry equipment to look at including vintage excavators and cranes. It’s a dream for any vehicle fan.
Another lovely outdoor activity is the mineral panning area. Visitors can hire a pan (£3) and pan for pretty stones in a shallow stream. There are plenty to collect and make a great reminder of your trip to the museum.
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Important Information Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum
Eating – Unfortunately, there isn’t a cafe on-site at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum so you’ll need to take your own food and drinks with you. There are picnic benches and smaller grassed areas where you could eat a picnic if the weather is warm.
Facilities in brief – A small indoor museum with lots of information about Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum and mining across the country, a narrow gauge railway ride, large amount of vintage vehicles and quarry machinery, underground mine tour, toilets, picnic benches, mineral panning activity.
Entry price – *Cheap – Mid-range.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap – Mid-range. Admission to the site (includes the museum) – Adults £3.00 and Children under 16 – £1.50. Train ride – Adults £3.00 and Children £1.50. Underground – Adults £5.00 and Children £3.00. Panning £3 each. Parking is free.
Opening: The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from Easter until the end of October half term including bank holidays. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? – Dogs are welcome everywhere except for in the mine.
Information on accessibility – There is no information on their website
Address: Lowther, Penrith CA10 2HH, Cumbria, England. Phone: 01931 712192
Guest post with thanks to Cat from Rock and Roll Pussycat.
Category – Museum – suitable for all ages, children over 7 will get more out of a visit.
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