Welcome to Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum


The museum is closed until Easter 2021 with the exception of Santa days.


Inline with government guidelines face coverings are now required when visiting the shop and museum building as they are classed as enclosed public spaces/

As the train is not enclosed face coverings are not required.



Santa Specials - ALL FULLY BOOKED

These will run on the weekends of December 12th /13th 19th/20th and Christmas Eve

Trains at 11.00,11.45, 13.00, 13.45

Please only arrive 5 minutes before your traintime

Cost £30.00 per family of 4  0r £8.00 per ticket.

Please book by email or through Facebook 

Santa specials will have to be a bit different this year to keep our customers, staff and Santa safe. There will only be 4 family groups booked per train to allow for social distancing. Each group must follow the 'rule of 6'. Santa will visit the children along the train to give out gifts. Mulled wine, mince pies, juice etc will still be available but as a takeaway pack.

We request that you follow guidance relating to the covid alert level in the area that you live as to how your group of 6 may be made up.

We reserve the right to make any changes needed and to follow any change to the government guidelines.Please do not come if any of your group show any covid symptoms up.

We reserve the right to make any changes needed and to follow any change to the government guidelines.Please do not come if any of your group show any covid symptoms


Hope to see you all soon.


All the team at Threlkeld Quarry Museum


As always the safety and health of our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount.


Thank you for your continued support and interest at this challenging time.


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                       Events and Steaming Dates for 2020


Special events are in bold




Summer steam - TBC


V.E.T. Demonstration Weekend - 19th - 20th September


17th - 31st October - October half term steam  



Steam Santa Specials will run on some dates in December - details to be announced later in the year.


Introducing our caving system!

 Explore the tunnels in our artificial caving system as you burrow though the underground passages, exploring cave feature and artwork as part of our guided replica mine tours (minimum age 7). 


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 20 years, and the site and collections continue to expand.




The museum is open 7 days a week from the Easter Holidays (March 28th, 2020) to the end of October half term (Saturday 31st).




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