National Coal Mining Museum, Bradford
National Coal Mining Museum provides a fascinating insight into working in the mines and the opportunity to go 140m underground into a real mine.
Grab your hard hat and lantern for a unique underground experience with the National Coal Mining Museum. Travel down 14m into a former working pit at Caphouse Colliery with a former mine worker as your guide. discover the advances made in mine techniques and safety as you exlore below ground.
Back at the surface the Mining Lives Exhibition shows how mining atered the lives of everyone in the community. The coal interface gallery provides an interactive look at mining techniques and developments. The site is also filled with original buildings to explore from the stables which housed the pit ponies, to the baths where miners could clean up at the end of a shift.
The 1876 steam winding engine house, medical centre and original buildings, many dating back 130 years provide a unique insight into the lives of miners. The 1842 gallery specifically explores the lives of women and children in the mines.
Once you;ve finished exploring inside and underground the 45 acre sight hosts a delight of outdoor fun including a nature trail, a new adventure playground and the Miners memorial garden. On special days and summer weekends ride on the battery powered Clayton locomotive which ws used to ferry miners to the pit bottom.
Bus services run within easy walking distance of the Museum. From Wakefield or Huddersfield, the Yorkshire Tiger 232 bus stops at the Reindeer pub with a few minutes walk to the Museum. The Arriva 128 service runs from Wakefield to Dewsbury and runs directly past the Museum.
There is ample free car and coach parking for Museum visitors. There are parent and baby spaces and plenty of disabled parking spaces.