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. Our Wakefield vacation planner makes visiting National Coal Mining Museum for England and other Wakefield attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • My wife and I took the children here during the school summer holidays. The weather was on and off showers but apart from a short walk in between buildings the majority of it is enclosed. The undergro...  more »
  • Really good price and something a bit different. We loved the old miners taking us around and you really felt the experience. Really good fun and the food at the cafe was delicious. Great day out for ...  more »
  • So much to do, underground tour very interesting and great fun, plus train ride and various buildings to look round, and a guided tour of the pitbaths; spent over 4 hours here easily. And all essentia...  more »
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  • An absolutely brilliant, five star day out. I took my two grandsons age 8 and 13 and they loved it. All of the staff we encountered were first class - helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The tour of the pit, 140 metres underground, is fascinating and superbly organised to guide you through working life down the pit through the decades from the time when young children were working down there to the age of multi-million pound boring machines. Our underground guide was superb, going out of his way to ensure we had a great time. There are lots of other things to see and do including pit ponies, a play park, a museum and more. Even the cafe where we had lunch is excellent. All great value too. For a day out, I can't recommend this place highly enough.
  • The place is a treasure, I took my granddaughter and had a great time. The mine shaft is the same height as Blackpool tower! To take the mine tour you go through the same procedure as the miners would have done, no contraband. Then an experienced miner takes you underground, with all the same banter and humour (without the bad language) that was the daily experience for them. I and my granddaughter loved it. I'd go again, tomorrow.
  • What a great place, lots to see and do and it's really cheap, free in fact apart from the fantastic underground tour which is only £4 each and goes on for an hour and a half, delivered by a very passionate ex miner called Eric who is a great character and brilliant with the kids. We will definitely be back again, every school should visit just for the excellent history lesson. We stayed around four hours and didn't see everything.
  • Had a great time with the kids. Went down the mine, Eric the guide was brilliant and great with the kids. New play area for the kids is a great new addition. Will defiantly go back
  • We did not go underground but had a fantastic walk around the grounds. Its really nice and effectively free. The machines on display are amazing. They are fantastic. Overall i would highly recommend and will go back to get on the underground tour

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