National Coal Mining Museum

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Understand the story of coal and its indelible impact on the nation:

  • Delve into the tales of life as a coal miner and existence in a mining community.
  • Join a ‘darn pit’ tour led by an experienced ex-miner who guides visitors 140m underground spanning 180 years of mining history.
  • Explore galleries showcasing the evolution of mines and their communities.
  • Engage with interactive models and view colossal mining machinery.
  • Chat to onsite blacksmiths and see the Miners’ Memorial Garden.
  • Enjoy nature’s serenade in the woodlands and see reed beds purifying the mine water.
  • Meet friendly ponies and horses, and let the young ones have fun in the Adventure Playground.

Useful Information for Visitors

  • No pre-booking required for surface visits.
  • Inform Reception about group size for all surface activities.
  • Option to pre-book Underground Tours on weekends and school holidays, with ample availability on arrival.
  • Two pre-bookable timeslots during term-time weekdays at 11am & 2pm.
  • All Underground Tour attendees must check in at Reception to obtain their Miner’s check.
  • Maximum of fifteen attendees per tour.
  • For parties of eight or more, group bookings are essential via Reception.
  • Face coverings underground are voluntary.
  • Dogs are welcome in outdoor areas. Only Assistance/Service dogs are allowed indoors.
  • Onsite Café offers a variety of refreshments.

Getting There

The Museum is located between Wakefield and Huddersfield (WF4 4RH):

  • Ample parking for cars, coaches, disabled visitors, and families with young children.
  • Bus services, such as the Yorkshire Tiger 232, run nearby.
  • Wakefield Westgate is the closest mainline railway station.
  • Bicycle racks available for eco-conscious visitors near the Café entrance. Research routes here.


While the Museum prioritises authenticity by preserving original colliery sites, it also considers accessibility:

  • Some areas might pose challenges for wheelchair users.
  • Regular SEN workshops are hosted.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome, with provisions like a water bowl near the Café.
  • For tailored assistance, visitors can call 01924 848806 in advance.
  • Wheelchair users for the Underground Tour must sign an evacuation disclaimer.

Opening Hours

  • Open from Wednesday to Sunday.
  • Underground Tours operate from 10:00am to 3:30pm with frequent departures.
  • Some attractions, like the Paddy Train and Snap Tin Café, have seasonal operations.


The National Coal Mining Museum is FREE. Donations are gratefully accepted.


National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH
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