These tips are an ideal guide to help everyone get the most out of a visit to Killhope .
These are situated on the outside of the Visitor Centre and include an accessible toilet.
Our café is open daily from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Please ensure that children are accompanied when using the café.
There are several picnic areas around the site, and we have a specially built class sized round picnic table which is covered so everyone can sit together! Please encourage your group to clean up after themselves. There are recycling facilities on site. In wet or very cold weather we do have picnic space available indoors.
Our shop has a range of pocket money items as well as sweets, various gifts, bits and pieces and lots of books. A £3 goody bag can be purchased – booking is required for this.
Admission is free for teachers, tour guides and other tour operators on preliminary planning visits. Come and see what we have to offer and ensure our facilities are suitable for your group. We will tailor our tours to meet your requirements, just speak to any member of staff for more information. You can use our Hazard Identification Sheet to help you write your risk assessment.
Group size and number of adult helpers
Adult group visits are put into groups of approximately 12 people. Groups staying on the surface may be put into larger groups. School groups will be informed on group sizes at the time of booking. Obviously if your group needs a higher ratio of adult supervisors please bring them. For guided visits a member of Killhope staff will be with your group for the whole visit (except lunch time).
Length of visit
We recommend you allow a good three and a half hours for your guided visit (this includes a half hour lunch break).
Killhope is an open air site 1500 feet (450m) above sea level, and the weather can be changeable at any time of the year. Please ensure your group has suitable clothing (and waterproof coats, if possible) as you will be outside whatever the weather. There are many uneven surfaces on site so please ensure your group brings suitable footwear. Wellingtons are essential for mine trips – if you have your own please bring them with you as we can’t guarantee the sizes we have available.
We encourage a hands-on experience. Killhope is a worksheet free zone!