Welcome to Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum


The museum is now closed



COVID-19 Update 18/03/20

Good afternoon everyone,

In light of the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, the decision has been made not to reopen the Museum on the 28th of March as planned. This means we will not be opening the museum building, operating the railway or underground tours.

No date has yet been decided on when to re-open.

This is in keeping with the current Government guidance and is for the safety of our team of staff and volunteers as well as you the visiting public.

We regret that the Vintage Excavator Weekend on the 16/17 of May is cancelled.

We will keep everyone updated through this page and on our website.

Apologies for any inconvenience that this has caused.



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                       Events and Steaming Dates for 2020


Special events are in bold



30th March - 19th April - Easter Holiday steam


8th - 10th May - May Bank holiday steam


V.E.T. Demonstration Weekend - 16th - 17th May


The above dates have been cancelled due to COVID-19



23rd - 31st May - Half term steam 


25th of May


10th Anniversary of the opening of the railway featuring all our working locomotives - steam, diesel and battery-electric.

Anything that goes will run! 


14th June - Land Rovers and Steam


Building on last years event we are again hosting a Land Rover meet.

If you have a Land Rover, why not bring it along to the event!


Contact details to follow ...


18th July - 31st August - Summer holiday steam


25th - 26th July


10th Annual Steam Gala with visiting steam locomotives 



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