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Library, free entry


Coal Mining Museum Library - Study

Coal Mining Museum Library - Study


The Library holds a wealth of information on the history of coal mining in England – not only the geographical and technical aspects of mining coal, but also the social, economic and political aspect of the industry and the communities it touched.

This information is available to anyone with an interest – everyone is welcomed.

Topics include: mining disasters, conditions in mines and mining communities, coal production statistics, unions, welfare, training, mining technology, regeneration, mining in the modern age, individual mines and lots more.

Please visit the Museum’s website to access the online library catalogue.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcome

Opening details

Wednesday: 1.00pm-4.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am-12.30pm & 1.00pm-4.00pm
Friday: 10.00am-12.30pm & 1.00pm-4.00pm
Open on the first full weekend of every month: 10.00am-12.30pm & 1.00pm-4.00pm


Free entry


Caphouse Colliery,
New Road,



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Map reference: SE 252164  Lat: 53.64376 Long: -1.61925

By Road:
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.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome