National Coal Mining Museums in Wakefield

Man down coal ming with large coal front cutting machine

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.

Museum Facilities
  • Cafe and Picnic areas
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets & Changing Areas
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Opening Hours
Daily: 10am to 5pm
except 1st January, 24th 25th and 26th December.
Entry to the National Coal Mining Museum is FREE.
If you take the underground tour, you will get a traditional miners 'check' and be asked for £4 as a deposit. After your tour you can keep the check and donate the £4 to help us keep the mine running or you can ask for your £4 back.
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Getting To the National Coal Mining Museum

By bus
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.

By car
There is ample free car and coach parking for Museum visitors. There are parent and baby spaces and plenty of disabled parking spaces.

Contact Details
National Coal Mining Museum
Caphouse Colliery
New Road
Tel: 01924 848 806
Website: National Coal Mining Museum
Upcoming Events

Super Springbank @ Pit

26th May to 3rd June
May half term is full of free family fun— including craft and art activities. Hed along on 3rd June for a special day as the museum celebrates it's 30th birthday.
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