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Caphouse Colliery New Road Overton, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH, United Kingdom
New RoadGBWest YorkshireOvertonWF4 4RH
+44 1924 848806ncm.org.uk
Museum, CharityToday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The National Coal Mining Museum for England, situated in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, tells the story of coal mining and its communities. Located at Caphouse Colliery, and Hope Pit sites, the Museum brings to life the history of one of the country's oldest industries.

Original pit buildings, interactive exhibitions and the chance to go underground in a real coal mine with former miners, gives visitors a unique and unforgettable experience.

"The National Coal Mining Museum for England aims to keep coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities."

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Coal mining museum with a restored colliery, underground tours, pit ponies, a cafe and gift shop.- Google
"Had a fabulous day, throughly enjoyed the underground tour, well worth the £3."
6 reviewers
"Great day superb guide Steve."
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Stephen Hallsworth
2 weeks ago
Excellent afternoon out. Very informative and the tour guides clearly have a genuine passion for what they do (and for what they used to do - being ex-miners, of course)! Our guide was called Taz and he was great - very funny and extremely knowledgeable. Was pleasantly shocked at the price - £3 refundable deposit - ie FREE! Although they give you an option to donate your deposit rather than claim it back. I would have enjoyed a longer and more in-depth tour underground, but I guess that wouldn't be everyone's 'cup of tea'. Underground mine tour was definitely my favourite bit.
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Stefan Bilynskyj
a month ago
Excellent day out and not expensive. Take a flask pop for the kids and sandwiches loads of picnic areas to eat. or go to the restaurant if you don't mind spending your hard earned cash?
Dalton Sweekly
5 months ago
What an excellent day out, even though it was pouring down with rain topside, down below it was all sunshine with our entertaining tour guide Paul Grace. We spent around 90 minutes below ground seeing for ourselves a history of coal mining in Britain from its 18c. beginnings to its almost-final demise. Do you know where the sayings 'keep your trap shut' and 'he's not worth a candle' come from? Pity we - along with some other visitors on our trip - had to go to the local garden centre for lunch. Get the cafe re-opened! Still scores 10 out of 10 though.
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Shaima Todd
5 months ago
Review for cafe and softplay. Good facilities and lots of choice, hot and cold, in the cafe. Soft play big enough for an hour's fun and well priced.
thomas booth
2 months ago
My kids really enjoyed going down the mine, we have a teen and a toddler to find something that they both like was good. Mick Green our guide down the mine was brilliant really made it fun for the kids, and got all the kids involved. The weather wasn't up to much but loads to do inside, will go back in the summer and see the outside trails and the park. GOOD DAY OUT.
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Dean OMeara
2 months ago
Excellent Day out! Many thanks to all staff but a big thanks to "DOBBY" who does the mine tours he were excellent and really good with the kids!
Paul Hargrave
11 months ago
Excellent afternoon here. The underground tour was superb and our guide - 'grasshopper" was informative and amusing. There's a load more things to see and do above ground and yoh quite easily spend a good afternoon seeing everything on offer I will definitely be going again!
J Kirkham
a year ago
Had a fabulous day, throughly enjoyed the underground tour, well worth the £3. The guide was very knowledgable and had a great rapport with the children. Had a snack at the restaurant which was very good value. Would highly recommend a visit here.
Response from the owner - a year ago
Thanks for the great review, and for all those comments!

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Calling all primary school students!!

Would you like to take part in our design competition to design the front cover of our Miner's Gala programme?

Each year the museum hold a Miner's Gala in June to celebrate the mining industry with our local community. It's a great day full of sports day activities, brass bands, craft workshops, cycling challenges and more. 

Help us this year make the programme something you've designed! Entries will be judged by the Museum's Gala team and the winning design will be printed for all our visitors to enjoy on the day.

To enter the competition, please get in touch with Rebecca Greenhough on 01924 844566.

Good Luck!

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Did you miss Museums Showoff​ at The Hepworth Wakefield​ last week? Get the low down on our performance in our latest blog post: http://ow.ly/LXdt7 
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It's Yorkshire Geology Day on Saturday! Bring your puzzling rocks and have them identified by the experts and join us for a series of short talks on various geological topics, for FREE! https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/yorkshire-geology-day
Yorkshire Geological Society presents Yorkshire Geology Day with rocks, minerals and fossil exhibits, talks tours and more.
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Have you checked out Yvette Vanson's 'Miners' exhibition yet? It explores miners from around the world - but hurry! It ends on 26th April! https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/new-exhibition-yvette-vanson-miners
An exhibition to mark the end of the 1984/5 Miners' Strike. Yvette Vanson explores and communicates the political and social questions surrounding the mining industry through portraits of miners from around the world.
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Join us and Yorkshire Wedding Consortium on Sunday for a wedding fair and plan your special day in style with a glass of bucks fizz and over 25 of Yorkshire’s finest exhibitors! http://ow.ly/L196W
In conjunction with The Yorkshire Wedding Consortium we’re hosting a Wedding Fair in Caphouse Suite.
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Not long left to get involved in our Easter egg-stravaganza ending on Friday! Join us for crafts, meet our living history and rag ruggers and don a hard hat to explore 140m underground with our miners!  
Join us throughout Easter 30th March - 17th April for a range of egg-stra special Easter family events!
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The Yorkshire Brick Show is fast approaching on 2-4 May! Have you booked your tickets yet for all things LEGO this bank holiday?! https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/yorkshire-brick-show
A fun filled day of Lego-themed activities for the kids (and grown-ups too!) to get involved in, whether it’s in the build zone, or taking part in one of the fantastic competitions to win fabulous LEGO prizes you’re guaranteed a grand day out!
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It's Wacky Wednesday this morning, bring your under 5s from 10:15 as we discover how to keep healthy, we'll have crafting, stories, rhyming and hide and seek! Come along for FREE! https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/wacky-wednesdays
Join us for our free Under 5s fun activities 10.15am - 11am, every Wednesday during term time!
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Don't miss The Yorkshire Brick Show on 2- 4 May. It's one of the largest annual displays of LEGO models and creations in Yorkshire. There'll also be a range of activities for the kids (and grown-ups!) to get involved in! https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/yorkshire-brick-show
A fun filled day of Lego-themed activities for the kids (and grown-ups too!) to get involved in, whether it’s in the build zone, or taking part in one of the fantastic competitions to win fabulous LEGO prizes you’re guaranteed a grand day out!
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Our Easter activities end tomorrow! Join us from 10am-5pm, explore our galleries, go on an egg hunt, ride our on-site train and joins us for crafting 1pm-4pm! https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/easter-holiday-egg-stravaganza
Join us throughout Easter 30th March - 17th April for a range of egg-stra special Easter family events!
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We're exploring the world of rocks this Yorkshire Geology Day with the Yorkshire Geological Society on 25th April - bring your unidentified rocks, minerals and fossils for identification by experts! https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/yorkshire-geology-day
Yorkshire Geological Society presents Yorkshire Geology Day with rocks, minerals and fossil exhibits, talks tours and more.
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Join us on 2nd - 4th May for The Yorkshire Brick Show one of the largest annual displays of LEGO models and creations in Yorkshire. There'll also be a range of activities for the kids (and grown-ups!) to get involved in! https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/yorkshire-brick-show
A fun filled day of Lego-themed activities for the kids (and grown-ups too!) to get involved in, whether it’s in the build zone, or taking part in one of the fantastic competitions to win fabulous LEGO prizes you’re guaranteed a grand day out!
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