National Coal Mining For England, Leeds
About National Coal Mining For England, Leeds
National Coal Mining For England, Leeds - Address, Phone Number
Address: Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH, United Kingdom
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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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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An absolutely brilliant, five star day out. I took my two grandsons age 8 and 13 and they loved it. All of the staff we encountered were first class - helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The tour of the pit, 140 metres underground, is fascinating and superbly organised to guide you through working life down the pit through the decades from the time when young children were working down there to the age of multi-million pound boring machines. Our underground guide was superb, going out of his way to ensure we had a great time. There are lots of other things to see and do including pit ponies, a play park, a museum and more. Even the cafe where we had lunch is excellent. All great value too. For a day out, I can't recommend this place highly enough.
The place is a treasure, I took my granddaughter and had a great time. The mine shaft is the same height as Blackpool tower! To take the mine tour you go through the same procedure as the miners would have done, no contraband. Then an experienced miner takes you underground, with all the same banter and humour (without the bad language) that was the daily experience for them. I and my granddaughter loved it. I'd go again, tomorrow.
What a great place, lots to see and do and it's really cheap, free in fact apart from the fantastic underground tour which is only £4 each and goes on for an hour and a half, delivered by a very passionate ex miner called Eric who is a great character and brilliant with the kids. We will definitely be back again, every school should visit just for the excellent history lesson. We stayed around four hours and didn't see everything.
Had a great time with the kids. Went down the mine, Eric the guide was brilliant and great with the kids. New play area for the kids is a great new addition. Will defiantly go back
We did not go underground but had a fantastic walk around the grounds. Its really nice and effectively free. The machines on display are amazing. They are fantastic. Overall i would highly recommend and will go back to get on the underground tour
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