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Stanhope Old Hall
Stanhope Old Hall

Front Street, Bishop Auckland

3.5 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Situated in Bishop Auckland, this country house is within 16 mi (25 km) of Empire Theatre, Hamsterley Forest, and High Force. …

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Ashbrow Cottage
Ashbrow Cottage

Sidehead, Bishop Auckland DL13 1LE

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bishop Auckland, this cottage is 9.6 mi (15.5 km) from High Force and within 25 mi (40 km) of Bowes Museum and …

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Slaley Hall
Slaley Hall

Slaley Hall, Hexham NE47 0BX

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4.1 out of 5 (261 reviews)

This family-friendly Hexham hotel is located in the historical district, 0 mi (0.1 km) from De Vere Slaley Hall Golf Course …

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Dales Farm Upper Weardale
Dales Farm Upper Weardale

High Copthill, Bishop Auckland DL13 1AD

4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Located in Cowshill, this bed & breakfast is 11.1 mi (17.8 km) from High Force and within 25 mi (40 km) of Segedunum and …

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Forresters Hotel and Restaurant
Forresters Hotel and Restaurant

52-53 Market Place, Barnard Castle DL12 0QH

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Located in Middleton in Teesdale, this inn is 5.2 mi (8.4 km) from High Force and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bowes Museum and …

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The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak

1 Commercial Street, Durham DH7 9BN

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (44 reviews)

Situated in Durham, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Diggerland, Chapman's Well Local Nature Reserve, and Brancepeth Castle …

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The Old Post Office
The Old Post Office

27 Front Street, Durham DH7 0LA

4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Located in Lanchester, this bed & breakfast is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Chapman's Well Local Nature Reserve and within 6 mi (10 km) …

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The Kings Head
The Kings Head

Market Place, Hexham NE47 9BD

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Allendale, this inn is 0 mi (0 km) from Allendale Forge Studios and within 6 mi (10 km) of Heritage Centre and The …

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The Angel of Corbridge
The Angel of Corbridge

Main Street, Corbridge NE45 5LA

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (103 reviews)

Located in the heart of Corbridge, this inn is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Corbridge Roman Site and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Aydon Castl …

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The Coach And Horses
The Coach And Horses

22 Galgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8BH

2.5 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Situated in Barnard Castle, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum. Egglestone Abbey is 2 mi …

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Pocket Guide: Bishop Auckland Killhope Lead Mining Museum Hotels

Killhope Lead Mining Museum is a 19th-century mining museum located in the north Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in County Durham. As well as Killhope Mine, the site comprises of a café, museum collection and gift shop - there's even a small yurt village that can be hired for special events or for overnight stays at the mine. Wherever you're staying in nearby Durham Hotels, Killhope Lead Mining Museum offers a fascinating insight into the North's mining heritage, once the lifeblood of the region and a great day out for the family.

Explore History Come to Life at Killhope Mining Museum from Durham Hotels

Lead mining was once a huge industry in the North Pennines region, and while today it is a protected beauty spot, 120 years ago the area was a hotbed of industrial activity. Killhope Mine was one of the richest mines in the country, extracting over 60,000 tonnes of lead throughout its lifetime. Although the mine has long since ceased operations, it still survives as a fascinating tourist attraction and a window into an important corner of English history.

Have an Adventure Down a Mine from Hotels in Durham

The first building to be restored and opened to the public was the mineshop in 1984. At the mineshop today you can learn about a miner's daily life, try on costumes and visit the mine manager's office. The main reason to visit Killhope today is, of course, to explore the mine, which is no mean feat and requires a lot of safety equipment and a qualified tour guide. The tour takes roughly an hour and involves some traipsing through waterlogged caverns, but thankfully if you forget your wellies some will be provided. You'll encounter some fascinating relics along the way, including the 5.5 metre waterwheel located in the Wheel Chamber. Throughout the year, Killhope Lead Mining Museum hosts special events and exhibitions, so it's well worth checking the website before your visit.

There are several Durham hotels and guesthouses located near to Killhope Lead Mining Museum, which is best reached by car, with free parking available. There are numerous hotels and guesthouses located in and around Durham itself, and a couple situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as the Old Coach House at The Golden Lion and The Bay Horse Inn.

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