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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
"Soft play big enough for an hour's fun and well priced."
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thomas booth
a month 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
a month 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
10 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!
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Shaima Todd
4 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.
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Stefan Bilynskyj
3 weeks 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
4 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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graeme thompson
10 months ago
What a fantastic day we had despite the rain, the displays were varried and interesting. The trip down the mine was a real eye opener and made all the better for having an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Thank you Ian Steele. This is well worth a visit.
J Kirkham
11 months 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.
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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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If you've recently visited the Museum, and are interested in finding out more, whilst enjoying the great outdoors - take a look at this short walk through the former mining villages of Silkstone and Silkstone Common, in Barnsley.
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Thirty years ago this week as the Miners' Strike entered its second full month, soup kitchens began opening to support the miners and their families.

Find out more about how the events of the year-long strike unfolded by following our @MinersStrike30 Twitter feed.

https://twitter.com/MinersStrike30

#MinersStrike #MinersStrike30 

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It's our #nsew2014  event, See How They Run, today.  AFrom 11.00am until about 4.00pm we'll be demonstrating mining machines in action on the surface and on special underground tours.

This is the Eimco Rocker Shovel, being operated by Les at a previous year's event...
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Find out more about our latest project, as Richard and Amanda from Kidology Arts explain all...
Here at the Museum we are looking forward to a great new project, funded by Arts Council England, celebrating the humble canary. Over the coming months we will be inviting families and schools to take part in special workshops that can help contribute to this inspirational new work.
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Find out more about our new project to document the events of the 1984-85 miners' strike through Twitter.
2014 sees the 30th anniversary of the start of the year-long miners' strike, which began in March 1984. As part of its programme of activities to commemorate this fact, the National Coal Mining Museum for England is embarking on an ambitious project to share the events of the strike in 1984-85, ...
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A big thank-you to everybody who voted for us, and who supported our campaign for the +Culture24 Museums at Night #Connect10 competition this year - we did really well, but sadly didn't quite get enough votes to secure the win.

Congratulations to The Wilson Museum and Art Gallery in Cheltenham who finished with the most votes, and good luck to the team there for their event in May!
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Very soon we'll be welcoming the Yorkshire Brick Show back to the museum. Stop by the museum on 2,3,4 May to come and see an impressive collection of creations made with Lego bricks.

Tickets are £6.50, under 3s go free. 

Tickets must be pre-booked - no entry to the Lego exhibition on the day without a ticket. 

Visit the museum's website for more details. 
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Are you a primary school teacher looking for a real artist to come in to your school to work with your pupils?  Click the link below to find out more!

Kidology Arts, who are the artists responsible for the Aria of Canaries installation at Hope Pit, are offering their services to Primary schools in the region...
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+National Coal Mining Museum for England This brings back memories, I like the music too.
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Great work from near neighbours +University of Huddersfield...
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Top five places in Britain when on a budget...
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This is a great place to visit. What a unique experience. Our guide was both amusing and interesting giving us lots of information. He was obviously passionate about the mining industry. How many places can you go these days for free. This is definitely a trip to recommend. 
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