National Coal Mining Museum for England, Overton

(4.8/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Went to the national coal mining museum, it is a good idea however to pre-book tickets if you want to go on the underground tour, we went during the school holidays and it was already fully booked, Al...  more »
  • I took my boy with a school trip Overall a fantastic and educational experience. Go visit Great for all the family several years earlier I'd planned to go but kept putting it off. Big mistake as we re...  more »
  • Took family for something to do as they had never been to a mine before was better than I ever expected , our miner guide Steve was so informative and entertaining was a real pleasure  more »
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  • A real look into the 200 year history of coal mining and getting a feel as what the people had to go through on a day to day basis. Our guide in the day Steve was absolutely interactive with everyone from the children all the way to the elderly of the group that I was with he made it a fun experience as well as being very informative about all aspects of coalmining and the people and families involved. Excellent time had and got to go down 140metres in a proper miners lift would highly recommend others to visit here.
  • Entrance is free, guided tour is £3 per person and last one and a half hours, the guides are informative, knowledgeable and very funny with quick wit and banter, the tour is quite remarkable and well worth a visit, there is a cafe for food and hot drinks in the center and is very child friendly, it wasn't busy and it was during the school holidays when we went, the staff from start to finish was friendly and helpful and genuinely looked to be enjoying their job. A cheap experience with lots of local gentle history that is quite unique and well worth considering.
  • Interesting day out. Certainly worth a visit, Better for kids if they are over 7 ish I would have thought. Great staff.
  • Amazing place to visit. Free entry. Gives you an opportunity to go down what was an actual working mine. Very friendly staff interesting place.
  • Great for all the family, lots to do and learn. The trip underground was very good and the tour guides (ex-miners) have been excellent. We've been several times and we would visit again