Where to find gold in the UK

Where to find gold in the UK

Gold has been found in the UK for many many centuries. This can be verified due to the vast amount of gold to be found in the royal collections as well as the recent golden treasure trove found by a 12 year old boy with a metal detector -  he found a 16th century pendant valued at 2.5 million British pounds!!!

Although some of the gold in the British museums would have been, ahem, acquired by the empire ;) , the land


itself does have a lot of gold deposits. As you can see from the image below, gold has been recovered in England, Scotland and Wales, below i will try to break them down into regional localities.

where to find gold in the uk
where to find gold in the uk

Where to find gold in England

In England gold has been found in Falmouth Cornwall,Hopes Nose Torquay, The Forest of Dean, Parys Mountain, Anglesea, The Northern Pennines and Pembroke-shire. Please note that these places have been found to produce large mounts of alluvial gold, other gold bearing localities do exist although they are not mentioned here. It would also be very likely that many gold producing sites existed throughout history in England but have been forgotten and their exact sites have not been passed on to future generations, this is a very common occurrence all over the world and usually happens through a prospector not wanting to reveal his or her gold producing location. For more information on exact locations i would recommend either

  • contacting your local geological society or
  • reading all of the information on this site and doing your own research

For general prospecting there is some basic information & tools that you will need before you go traipsing around a river and wasting your time :) .

Where to find gold in Wales

Gold in


Wales has been found at Dollacothi & Dollgelau, as with the paragraph above, please refer to either of these two pages to continue your journey in gold prospecting – basic information & tools.

Where to find gold in Scotland

Gold has been found in the following location in Scotland – Dumfries, Tyndrum, Glendevon, The Perthshire Hills and Helmsdale. Once again please go here to find out more – basic information & tools.