Welcome to Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

The Museum is now OPEN.


We are open 7 days a week during the school holidays and closed Monday during term time.


We are open from 10 am - 5 pm.


Today's trains are steam hauled and will run at:


11 am, 12 pm, 1.15 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm


If you have a question please check our FAQs page


If you would like to see what else is happening at the Museum please check our Latest News page or 'like' us on Facebook





We are looking for a keen individual to join our front of house team.


This person needs to be:

  • adaptable
  • confident with dealing with members of the public
  • able to work independently


Regular hours - 9.45 am - 5 pm, 3 days per week (Wednesday to Friday) Easter through to the end of October. There will be some weekend work throughout the year particularly during December.


Pay - £12 / hr


Full training will be provided.


If you are interested, please send a covering letter, references and CV to quarryrailway@gmail.com


Deadline - 10th April


                       Events and Steaming Dates for 2024

Easter Holiday Steam - 1st - 13th April


May Bank holiday steam - 4th - 6th May


VET Demonstration Weekend - 18th / 19th May


May half term steam - 25th May - 1st June


Summer holiday steam - 20th July - 1st September


Annual steam gala with visiting steam locos - 27/28 July


VET Demonstration Weekend - 21st / 22nd September


October half term steam - TBC


Santa Specials will run on the last weekend in November and weekends in December. Booking is essential for these trains. Dates will be released in the coming months.


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 over 25 years, and the site and collections continue to expand.


The Museum is open from the start of the Easter Holidays to the end of October half term. 


During the school holidays the Museum is open daily. During term time we are closed on Mondays.


Our opening hours are 10 am - 5 pm


For more information and bookings please contact us on:

Tel: 01768 779747/ Email: quarryrailway@gmail.com


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

  • A narrow gauge railway that runs into the old quarry - the trip lasts around 25 minutes.
  • 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 here for more details)
  • Ample free parking, shop and hot and cold drinks