Welcome to Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

The Museum is now open daily from 10 am.


This weekend is our Gala weekend with the official opening on Saturday at 11 am.

Passenger trains will run regularly from 11 am.


There will be no mine tours Monday 28th July - Friday 1st August due to  pre booked groups

STEAM GALA - 26/27 July

We are pleased to announce that our Annual Steam Gala - with 6 visiting steam locos and an Erie Steam Shovel (subject to availability) - is going to be officially opened on Saturday, 26th at 11 am by Reverend Canon Bryan Rothwell.

There will be frequent passenger trains with demonstration freight trains.

The proceeds from the event will go to the Friends of Keswick Hospital.

The admission is £6.00 (Children £3.00). This includes entry to the Museum and  unlimited travel (subject to availability).

The Museum will be open from 10 am with the first passenger train departing at 11 am.

The Gala poster is available to download below.

Refreshments are available in the form of tea/coffee and cakes.

STEAM GALA Poster 2014 2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [261.8 KB]

Steaming dates and events for 2014

A steam service will operate over the following dates during 2014 (dates are inclusive). Special events are in bold.


14th July - 31st August


Annual Steam Gala 26th-27th July with visiting steam locomotives.


Visiting steam locomotives – update – We hope to have: ‘Chaloner’ from the Leighton Buzzard Railway, ‘Montalban’ from the West Lancashire Light Railway, ‘Corpet’ and ‘Statfold’ from the Statfold Barn Farm Railway along with ‘Paddy’ and ‘Jenny’ from the Amerton Railway.


20th - 21st September - Vintage Excavator Trust working weekend


25th October - 2nd November 

Introducing our new caving system!

We are happy to announce the latest edition to our facilities here at the Threlkeld Mining Museum. Explore the tunnels in our artificial caving system as you burrow though the underground passages. exploring cave feature and artwork. 


Please contact us for further details.

The Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum is situated three miles east of Keswick, in the heart of the breathtaking Lake District in Cumbria.


The quarry and museum have been lovingly run by our knowledgeable and dedicated staff for more than ten years, and the site continues to expand through the dedication of the staff and volunteers.





The museum is open 7 days a week from Easter to October.





For more information and bookings please contact us on:

Tel: 01768 779747/ Email: threlkeldquarrymuseum@btconnect.com

The museum offers activities for all the family, from budding geologists to hopeful prospectors. It includes:


  • An underground tour of a realistic mine experience (Please note, mine tours are weather and staff dependent please phone before arrival to check a mine tour is scheduled) 
  • A comprehensive geological and mining museum
  • The quarry site with a unique collection of machinery
  • Mineral panning
  • School  or student groups welcome by arrangement (see our schools section for more details)
  • Ample free parking, shop and hot and cold drinks