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North West

North Pennines Heritage Trust, Nenthead, Alston, CA9 3PD

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MONTHS OPEN

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

AGE GROUPS SERVED

PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

An interactive museum dedicated to the story of the mineral mining past of the North Pennines. Launch on a voyage of learning about the people, places, tools, lifestyle, and legacy of the mining industry that once completely dominated the landscape.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Outdoor Education | Museums | Historical Heritage | Ecology & Green Awareness | Environment Centres | Science | Religious Education | PSHE | PE (Physical Education/Sport) | ICT | History | Geography | Environmental Studies | Engineering | English | Design and Technology | Technology


What we offer

Nenthead Mines, is a fantastic interactive museum dedicated to both showing and telling the 'story' of the mineral mining past of the North Pennines. Prepare to launch on a voyage of discovery at Nenthead Mines, learning more about the people, places, tools, lifestyle, and legacy of the mining industry that at one time completely dominated the landscape of the North Pennines!

What makes us a great choice?

At Nenthead Mines visitor and education centre, near Alston in Cumbria, the Trust has developed a 200-acre site with a wide range of exhibits, attractions and facilities for groups to experience

Activities include:

The Power of Water Exhibition

Showing the workings of the water wheels at nenthead.

Carr's Mine

Carrs level is part of an extensive underground network of tunnels and workings around Nenthead from which miners extracted lead and, later, zinc over a period of at least three centuries.

Mineral Panning

School pupils will have lots of fun while they pan for minerals.

Brewery Shaft

The Site consists of a complex water powered compressed air system. Over the last few years, the Trust has conserved the remains of the site and allowed access to the Brewery shaft building and shaft head itself which is now enclosed in a timber extension.

The Smelt Mill Complex

The smelt mill at Nenthead was constructed in 1737 and was in
production for almost 160 years. By the time it closed in 1896 it had
grown to 6 ore hearths, 1 slag hearth, 2 reverberatory furnaces, 2
refining furnaces and 1 de-silvering house.

Group Sizes Catered For

Concessions are available for groups of 10 people or more - booked in advance

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Please contact us regarding support and workpacks.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes photos, no restrictions.

Risk Assessment Details

Please contact the education department for pre risk assessments.

Call: 01434 382037 or e-mail:

Education Officer Information

Please contact the education department for pre risk assessments.

Call: 01434 382037 or e-mail: 

Pricing Information

See link regarding costs:

http://www.npht.com/nentheadmines/

(Concessions are available for groups of 10 people or more - booked in advance)

Clothing Requirements

Dependant on weather conditions, sturdy shoes advisable for external tour in mines.

First Aid Information

First Aid on site, please provide first aiders within your groups.

Available Facilities

cafe and Shop selling souvenirs and provisions

Picnic Area

Self guided trails

FREE Car and Coach Parking

Bunkhouse Accomodation

The bunkhouses are situated within the Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre, a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In the 19th century it was one of the largest lead and silver mining and processing areas in the country. This is an ideal location to explore the dramatic North Pennine area, with walks and the C2C cycle route passing the door, as well as the opportunity to visit the Heritage Centre (Open April to October).

Assay House Bunkhouse

The assay house was the laboratory of the Assay Master, whose job was to analyse ore samples to determine their lead and silver content, and thus set the prices paid to the miners. For 2007 it has been converted into a bunkhouse, sleeping up to 12 people in double bunks, in two upstairs bedrooms. There is a kitchen / dining room downstairs. The bunkhouse is fully heated, has hot water and showers, and a small kitchen / dining room on the ground floor

Mill Cottage Bunkhouse

In the 18th century it was part of the home of the smelt mill manager. For the 2007 season, the bunkhouse will sleep six in the upstairs bunkroom. Each bed is styled like a ship's cabin bunk with curtains across for privacy and a small internal light and shelf. The former downstairs bunkroom has been converted into a sitting room / dining room.

The bunkhouse is fully heated, has hot water and showers. There's a small kitchen, with a washing machine and tumble dryer

Booking Information

The rates are £12 per person per night and the bunkhouses are open all year. Bedding is provided (duvet, pillow and sheets). Please note that we can?t guarantee sole use of the bunkhouse for your group unless you arrange this with us in advance. The bunkhouses are open all year.

Bookings can be made through the Heritage Centre:

E-mail:

Telephone: 01434 382726 or 01434 382294

A deposit of 50% is required to confirm a booking.

Please make cheques payable to: North Pennines Heritage Trust.

Meals, including breakfasts, are available from the local pub, the Miners Arms, telephone 01434 381427. Please note that breakfast must be booked in advance, and the pub would appreciate advance bookings for evening meals, especially for groups.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Please contact us regarding your specific needs.


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