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Get kitted out with a hard hat and battery lamp, step into the cage and descend 140 metres underground into the dark depths of one of the oldest coalmines in Britain. The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a unique day out; above and below ground, rain or shine, there is always something exciting to see and do.
Choose from a choice of two underground tours; Meet the Miner and Go Mining!
The Meet the Miner tour takes visitors on a journey back through time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working coalmine. Discover what life was like for the men, women and children who toiled underground in the early days of mining and how new machinery methods and inventions changed the shape of mining through the ages.
Pit Ponies played an important part in the history of mining, and a highlight of the new family-friendly Go Mining! interactive tour is a visit to the stables. Find out how horses were kept underground and have a go at putting on the pony’s bridle, feeding and mucking out.
When you surface make sure you pay a visit to the pit ponies who now enjoy their retirement and relax in the stables above ground.
Above ground explore original colliery buildings such as the 1876 steam winder, the medical centre where miners’ injuries were treated and the pithead baths where they cleaned up at the end of every shift. Get closer to the heart of the mining communities in some of the fascinating gallery exhibitions and learn about how miners used to live, work and relax from the Victorians through to the modern day miner.
Visitors will be asked to leave a £3 deposit for a traditional miners ‘check’ when booking on the underground tour. After the tour visitors can either return the check and the £3 will be refunded or visitors can keep the check as a souvenir. The money will be put towards the Museum and the upkeep of the underground tour.
Please note: We regret that under 5s are not able to go underground.
Visitors will be asked to leave a £3 deposit for a traditional miners ‘check’ when booking on the underground tour.
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Leave the M1 at jct 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, take the 1st right after the traffic lights (Broadway). The Malt Shovel pub will be on your right. At the end of Broadway turn right onto the A642 to Horbury and Huddersfield.
By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station
Bus Route: Yorkshire Traction Bus 232 from Wakefield Bus Station. Drops off outside the Reindeer Inn.
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Education/study area
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Wheelchairs available
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for conferencing
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)