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The National Coal Mining Museum

   
Address : Caphouse Colliery, New Rd
Address : Overton
Town/City : Wakefield
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : WF4 4RH
Phone : 01924 848806
Web Site :  www.ncm.org.uk

The National Coal Mining Museum for England offers you the unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground, down one of Britain's oldest working mines.

Take a step back in time with an ex-miner as your guide who will take you around the underground workings, where models and machinery depict methods and conditions of mining from the early 1800s to the present day.

This summer, why not visit the Heroes and Heroines Exhibition which explores the inspirational acts of people who went beyond the call of duty. The exhibition focuses on looking at famous Heroes and Heroines linked with the coal mining industry and its community; its inventors, protectors, activists and reformers. Other activities include a programme of interactive science shows, meet a 'living history' characters and drop in musical events such as 'Mining the musical seam'.

You can also ride the train, an original underground locomotive used at Prince of Wales Colliery, and take in the countryside views from one end of the site to the other. Visit the pit-head baths and the Victorian steam winder, follow the nature trail and find the new adventure playground, then meet the last ever working pit ponies, Eric and Ernie and Clydesdale Finn in the Stables.

Above ground, the story of coal is brought to life through the Museum's new interactive exhibitions and audio-visual plasma screens. The science of coal mining bursts into life and promises to send you away buzzing with ideas!

In need of refreshment? Visit the Museum cafe, which serves a range of traditional Yorkshire food and incorporates a fully licensed bar. Then bag yourself some mining memorabilia in the well-stocked gift shop.

Whatever you come to the National Coal Mining Museum for, you can be sure there'll be plenty to keep you occupied this summer.

There is free admission to all visitors and opening hours 10.00 am - 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January. Arrive early to book onto an underground tour. Temperature underground is 12c; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour, however there is an indoor play area for children under five.

 

Telephone 01924 848806
 
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