National Coal Mining For EnglandCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH, United Kingdom, Leeds
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-1924848806
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museum, Outdoors, Mine, Tour, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
National Coal Mining For England - Review
This museum allows you to have a real time experience of coal mining as it takes you to the underground tour. The tour which is named as ‘Meet a Miner’ takes you to 140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining through the centuries- from Victorian times where women and children worked underground alongside men, through to pit ponies and modern machinery. You shall also be revealed about the working life and experiences in the mines. So have courage and experience the genuine sights, sounds and smells of a working coal mine. The tour is led by ex-miners so as to give you a vivid insight into the dangers and hardships faced by the men, women and children who toiled underground. Before you go underground, you can also go over the Lamp Room’s new glass-topped Furnace Shaft and peer down 140m - right to the bottom of the mine. Further, the visitors who are going below ground can also have a look from the bottom up as they start their underground tour experience.
National Coal Mining For England Information
- The Museum has wheelchairs on site if needed and wheelchairs (non-electric) are able to go down the mine, however it is a slightly shorter tour due to access.
- Children under 5yrs of age are not allowed to go underground.
National Coal Mining For England Ticket Prices
- If you take an underground tour, you will need to leave a £ 3 deposit for a traditional miner’s brass check. After your tour, you can choose whether to keep your check as a souvenir and donate the £3 deposit, or request a refund.
How To reach National Coal Mining For England by Public Transport
- Nearest bus service: Yorkshire Traction 232 bus stops at the Reindeer pub with a short walk to the Museum. The 128 service runs from Wakefield to Dewsbury past the Museum.
- Nearest Railway station: Wakefield Westgate
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National Coal Mining For England, Leeds Reviews
I was a miner for 34 years starting at 15 years of age I worked on the surface then underground then on the coalface and became a Deputy. I can give a honest review of this place. You will not be disappointed it is a proper Colliery , though smaller than some that I worked at. The car park is free though they do request a £2 donation (up to you) plenty of parking. The reception area , canteen and class rooms are new but filled full of memorabilia in the canteen you can have a selection of sandwiches and snacks and cooked meals. Pictures posters and photos adorned the walls, all the exhibits are real and were once used by miners Hugh big and small. All the surface buildings survive, winding house, coal prep plant fitting/ electrical /blacksmith shops compressed air / steam boilers houses , fan house, control room setteling ponds for the pits water supply ( now a bird haven) , pit head baths , medical centre the old pit canteen just to name but a few. There is a recent built play area for children a pit loco train ride a remembrance garden for miners, you will need a full day just to see all on the surface were used mining machinery abound the landscape. UNDERGROUND this is also free like the surface but the staff ask for a donation of a few pounds and give you a brass tally in return(funding for this unique place as been cut by government). You have to follow a procedure to go underground like all miners had to ( the guides are all experienced ex miners full of knowledge chat and jokes they can answer all your question's). You will descend the original shaft into the mine and be taken around the roadways and be given the experience of what a miner did during his working day, you will have the chance to experience the conditions they worked in give yourself a 30 minute WOW so bring along a pair of boots with you when you come here. This place will tell you the history of coal mining from the inception to the demise , you will not be disappointed, There are nature trails to take / picnic area's to snack ,pit ponies in the stables or out in the fields to see and spoil( these ponies are lucky , they will never have experienced a long life underground) but at this museum you can learn all about them and marvel how men and ponies/ horses built and fueled our country and kept the wheels turning . The history of Coal Mining is here , so come along and have a great day out for all the family to enjoy and remember. I brought my own grandchildren a few years ago and they still remind me it was the best day out they had ever had.
Love this place on 2 accounts. Went with the family and had a great day out and all for free. The volunteers are fantastic and love what they do and this really comes out. They make this the place it is. The trip down the mine is amazing, kids will love it. I have also used this place for two conferencing events and they couldn’t have done more for us with fantastic facilities.
Was not sure at first, but ended up as one of the best museum experiences I have had. Worth going to if you are in Yorkshire to see how coal mining was done. Our guide Trevor was very knowledgeable and the information was given in a way you will not forget. I would go back tomorrow. Brilliant. And all for 10 pounds. Food in the cafe was not your usual fare as it is all home cooked by the chef on site. You will not leave disappointed.
Great museum to visit if you have an interest in finding out anything about mining history and great value too- the only charge is £5 for the car park. Great new facilities (since I last went anyway!) including kids adventure play parks etc if they want a break. Underground tour optional but worth it. Strange scheme now whereby you pay £5 per head for a miners 'check' but can be given back for a refund after the tour of you don't want to contribute. We kept them as we would have contributed anyway.
Went to National Coal Mining Museum on bank holiday Sunday with our 4 year old grandson and had a fabulous few hours. There was a gathering of Land Rovers some being very old. Then a ride down to the museum on an old underground train to the museum. Following a good look round the museum we then went to the adventure playground with lots of things to do including for our grandson a go on the zip wire then a walk back to the car. A good time was had by all and we would recommend for all ages