Metal detecting can be a fun, relaxing activity with very rewarding results. However, you need written permission from our Head of Parks and Open Spaces to use metal detectors in any open spaces owned or managed by us.
The archaeological status of our city and concerns for public safety mean approval for metal detector use is unlikely.
Metal detectors and the law
You don’t need a licence to use a metal detector in the UK, but there are laws about their use.
Using a metal detector is:
- illegal on private land without permission from the owner
- illegal on a scheduled ancient monument or in an area of archaeological importance
Finds and treasure
Certain types of find must be reported to our Coroner's Office within 14 days. Finds declared as ‘treasure’ by the Coroner become the property of the British Museum and you will be paid a percentage of their value.
Any gold or silver objects, or groups of coins over 300 years old is classed as ‘treasure’ and must be reported under the Treasure Act 1996.