National Coal Mining Museum for England, Overton

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Experience living history at National Coal Mining Museum for England, offering free guided underground tours designed to introduce visitors to the working conditions, tools, and machines used as the mining industry developed over the centuries. Aboveground is a visitor center, housing exhibitions on the social and industrial history of the country’s mines. Other notable features include pit head baths, a steam winding house, a boiler house, and a coal screening plant. You can also ride the paddy train, walk the nature trail around the site, or visit the Stable Yard to learn about the working horses and ponies once used inside the pits. Check online for special events and exhibitions. To visit National Coal Mining Museum for England on your trip to Wakefield, use our Wakefield trip generator.
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  • A wonderful day out. Knowledgeable and entertaining ex-miners and interesting exhibits. The underground tour, led by Pete was simply excellent and last the best part of 2 hours. We learned so much! On...  more »
  • Telephoned earlier in the day to ask to book onto the underground tour and was told to just turn up as tours were every 15 minutes. Wasn't expecting anything too impressive for £3, how wrong I was. Th...  more »
  • Being a Mining Electrician for 25 years after being made redundant in 2005. This is a fantastic day out. You must do the Underground tour which lasts 1 hour & a half. The mining tour guide was great (...  more »
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  • It sounds really dull - visiting a coal museum - but really it isn't! I'm not sure the whole family could have spent an entire day there as it's quite small but as entry is free and the underground tour is cheap (£3 per person) it's a great place to spend a good couple of hours. The underground tour was great and the whole family enjoyed it. Our tour guide, Steve, was an ex-miner so properly knew his stuff. He was great fun and kept everyone entertained with a mix of fun and serious comment. For us, the rest of the site only took an hour to quickly walk around - I'm not sure the kids would have spent longer there. The cafe is nice and the shop seemed good too.
  • This is a must visit. Very interesting museum. I came out of there wanting to learn more about our mining history & the men & women who worked in the mines. The staff are wonderful & the mine tour itself was brilliant. So interesting & amazing to be able to go into a real mine that's still full of its machinery & tools, so you get a real insight of the work they did. Our tour guide was just excellent. Steve was incredibly knowledgeable, a great character, very funny & obviously loves the job. The food in the cafe was tasty, lots of it & very reasonable. A great day out.
  • Been here many a time. Free parking, free admission. Although definitely pay to get darn pit(underground tour) had different guides every time, all ex miners and great lads with good banter. The history lesson from these guys in their own unique way is second to none and full of laughter. And you'll learn how times underground improved over the years and what a dangerous job it could be. Try the wedges from the cafe pretty tasty. I'll be visiting again and again. Also once you've paid for your underground tour £3 you can re-use your brass check to visit again and again. I took the kids and tbh I think I enjoyed it more than them.
  • Great day out with children. Not so good if you have mobility problems. Cafe was ok, but the scone was stale. Just after I bought and ate mine, they filled up the display with fresh ones. Note to the cafe owners... Scones and other baked goods should be fresh, not a day old
  • I absolutely love it here every time I go. Loads to explore. The underground tours are really great and run by friendly ex miners who add an air of authenticity.