Museum of Lead Mining

Uncover our treasures including a real 18th century lead mine set deep in the hillside where visitors can experience the thrill of going underground. Make your way along village paths to the two miners' cottages and see how the miners really lived before exploring the second oldest subscription Library in Europe, which has recently gained Recognition status as being a collection of National Significance. Enter the Visitor Centre to discover a fantastic display of rocks, minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts.

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Visitor info

Opening hours

Closed Monday & Tuesday Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am and 3pm Please check the website


Wanlockhead, By Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6UT


Prices vary. Check the website for details


Wheelchair access to Visitor Centre, Tea Room, Miners’ Library and Straitsteps Cottages

Getting Here

Directions from the M74: 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 the A76: 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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