MINES AND CAKES
WHY GO TO NENTHEAD MINES?
You can take an underground tour of Carrs Mine, see our displays of minerals, mining equipment and historic photographs, and visit the 100 metre deep Brewery Shaft – where you can stand on top of the shaft.
Then round your visit off with tea, coffee and homemade cakes.
CARRS MINE TRIPS AND SITE OPEN DAYS
Our next Carrs Mine Open Day will be in 2020. Our dates for opening will be added here.
Our Carrs Mine trips take about 90 minutes. We provide lamps and helmets. We suggest that you wear outdoor clothing and footwear. The temperature underground is usually 8C. The mine is usually dry underfoot, but maybe a little muddy in places. We welcome all children who can walk and climb stairs – we don’t take babes in arms underground.
We recommend booking in advance to get a mine trip. You can book in advance on-line. Scroll to the end of this page for our on-line booking form.
You can also call 07494 497868 to book your place.
You can just turn up on the day – we often have places available. Check first by phoning 07494 497868.
Donations for Visits
We ask for a donation of at least £5 per person. We can accept debit cards, cash, or cheques.
All your donations go towards the conservation of the Nenthead Mines site.
Travelling to Nenthead Mines
Please see our advice at the bottom of this page – follow our signs from the Village Car park at Nenthead. Do not stop in the first car park – follow the trackway alongside the river.
We are an All-Volunteer operation.
The Society can also arrange custom group visits to Carrs Tourist Mine throughout most of the year.
A minimum of eight people and a donation of £80 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 – admin(at)nentheadmines.com or phone 07494 497868. We usually need two weeks notice of your proposed date.
We do not offer Carrs Mine tours from November through to late March. We carry out mine maintenance during this period.
HOW TO GET TO NENTHEAD MINES
We are at Nenthead, near Alston, in Cumbria.
The postcode for our site entrance road is CA9 3NR.
Follow the brown tourist signs from the A689, do not stop in the first car park – follow the trackway alongside the river.
Click on the map below for a larger view.