Minera Lead Mines

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Wern Road
LL11 3DU

Do you know what kibbles, buddles and jigs are? Find out at Minera Lead Mines Visitor Centre, where you can learn more about the lives of the miners and explore where they worked at the remains of the 19th century lead processing works. As a bonus, on a clear day there are superb panoramic views across the Clywedog Valley from the top of the reconstructed Beam Engine House! Discover the story of the lead miners of Minera, the village named after the ore beneath. Great heritage set in a country park below Minera Mountain and an ideal starting point for walking the Clywedog Trail. Guided tours available. Children’s activity trail. Minera Lead Mines is an old lead processing works which was excavated and restored during the 1990s. Although the mine is too dangerous for the public to go down, you can still see and explore the old works where families worked turning lumps of ore into sellable lead and zinc.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Group visits to heritage centre and engine house by appointment only. The lead mines are situated in Minera Country Park which is open all year.


FREE. Donations welcome.

Travel directions:

Leave A483 (Oswestry to Chester road) taking the A525 signposted Ruthin and Coedpoeth. On the edge of Coedpoeth, opposite the Five Crosses Inn, take the B5426 (Minera Hall Road) signposted Minera. Follow the road for just over one mile, down into the valley bottom and up again, until you reach the site entrance and car park on your right. Look out for brown signs marked Pyllau Plwm Lead Mines.

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Parking for coaches
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas

Facilities information:

The country park that surrounds the site is open all year for people and their dogs: climbing up the nearby Minera Mountain gives panoramic views of the Cheshire Plain. Sensible shoes should be worn as the site is uneven.


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available

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