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Sandy Cove Sand Co Sand Mining Museum

Welcome to an outdoor adventure in a sandstone quarry. Covering nearly two acres of reclaimed quarry Sandy Cove Sand Co takes you back to when there were sand mines under Canindringham. Although local folklore has it they were really treacle mines

This unmissable opportunity allows you to experience an awesome industrial heritage. View the sand extraction exhibition and learn why this sand has been especially important throughout history. And there are fascinating nature trails to explore too. Oh, and we forgot to mention: take a train trip into the sand mine.

After all that excitement you'll need to sit down with a cuppa in our 1940s style 'caff' before exiting via the museum's shop.

Sandy Cove Sand Co is an excellent day out. Whether you're a family seeking informative fun, a rail and mining enthusiast, or a teacher looking for ways to bring lessons to life – you'll find the living sand mining museum so captivating you'll wonder where the whole day went. And if you forget how to get out of the sand mine it could be several days…

General opening hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (last admission 4 p.m.)
Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (last admission 4 p.m.)

Operating days
See events page

Admission charges
Adult 5, Senior Citizen 4, Child (3–14 years) 3, Family (two Adults with up to three children) 12

Group visits welcome by prior arrangement.

Dog owners welcome if responsibly managed on a lead.

One of these years it may all happen. At least at 1:20 scale.

Indeed, the rolling stock is starting to take shape.

In the meantime apologies to Rocks by Rail (who really do exist and are well worth a visit!).

The management have also been inspired by a video of Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum but have yet to make a visit. This video of the narrow gauge railway at Threlkend is also good – excellent sound quality too.

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