Carrs Mine Trips and Open Days – from our all-volunteer team


Come and visit Nenthead Mines and discover the North Pennines’ fascinating lead and zinc mining heritage. Explore this extensive scheduled ancient monument site, take an underground tour of Carrs Mine, see our displays of minerals, mining equipment and historic photographs. Then round your visit off with tea, coffee and homemade cakes. You can also visit the top of the Brewery Shaft and stand on the platform above the 100 metres shaft.


15th July,

5th August,

19th August,

9th September –    Heritage Open Day

16th September –  Heritage Open Day

7th October

28th October –       Our Spooktacular Event!

Mine trips start at 1030, 1130, 1300, 1400 and 1500 hrs.

Our trips take about 90 minutes. We provide lamps and helmets. We recommend that you wear outdoor clothing and footwear. The mine is usually dry underfoot. We welcome all children who can walk and climb stairs – we don’t take babes in arms underground.

Call 07519836019 or email to book your place.

If you are booking a group of six or more people, we may ask for a donation in advance of your trip.

You can just turn up on the day – phone us to check availability – 07519836019.

Donations for Visits

We ask for a donation of £5 per person. All your donations go towards the conservation of the Nenthead Mines site. We are an All-Volunteer operation.


The Society can also arrange custom group visits to Carrs Tourist Mine throughout the year.  (We are closed from November thru to March).

A  minimum of eight people is needed to confirm a booking for a custom visit, subject to a volunteer guide being available.   To discuss a date, please either send us an email – or phone 07519836019 . We usually need two weeks notice of your proposed date.


We are at Nenthead, near Alston, in Cumbria. The postcode for our site entrance road is CA9 3NR.  Click on the map for a larger view.


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