Threlkeld Steam Railway and Mining Museum
This gem of an attraction is nestled in Threlkeld Quarry.
With easy access and plenty of free parking - the ideal place to bring the family for an exciting adventure. There's lots to see inside and do outside.. including panning for gold!
The quarry and museum have been lovingly run by 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 offers activities for all the family, from budding geologists to hopeful prospectors. It includes:
* An underground tour of a realistic mine experience
* A comprehensive geological and mining museum
* The quarry site with a unique collection of machinery - we have the largest collection of vintage excavators in Europe
* Mineral panning
* School or student groups welcome by arrangement
* Ample free parking, shop and hot and cold drinks
Our Narrow Gauge Railway has breathtaking views of Blencathra and the surrounding fells.
The Steam train "SIR BEN" built by Bagnall of Stafford in 1926 and named after Sir Tom Callender, is a 0-4-0 saddletank narrow gauge loco that worked at British Insulated Callender Cables, Kent, until 1968. After lying idle for thirty three years, it arrived at Threlkeld in 2001, and since then has undergone complete restoration. Sir Ben is now used to haul passenger trains into the inner quarry.
We are open 7 days a week from Easter to October.
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