National Coal Mining Museum

In a nutshell

A 140m deep underground mine tour (over 5s), original colliery buildings and exhibits plus indoor soft play, adventure playground and family events for all.


Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH

Contact details

Tel: 01924 848806

Web: www.ncm.org.uk

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Museums and Art Centres, Science and Technology, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide

£5 per person

(excl. car park charge)

National Coal Mining Museum details...

One of the best places to go whatever the weather is the National Coal Mining Museum for England located in Wakefield, the museum, underground tour and new adventure playground makes it a great value day out for all the family.

Explore Caphouse, a modern colliery which witnessed more than two hundred years of coal production. Hear stories directly from former-miners about their careers and understand the roles men, women, children, animals and machinery played in the operation of the mine.
Visit the Technology Gallery and see some of the tools of the trade to discover how miners overcame the challenges of working underground including a new permanent exhibition “A Light in the Darkness” which looks at the contribution that Sir Humphry Davy and others made in the lamp’s evolution. In the Victorian Gallery you can experience how difficult mining was in the 19th century and why they realised it wasn’t appropriate to have children working underground. 
See the historic steam-winding engine in action which pulled miners and coal from 140m underground before taking a trip to the stables to meet the horse and ponies. Find out where miners would start and end their days and how they would get paid in the Pithead Baths.
In Mining Lives you can find out about the people and communities at the heart of the industry. 

See the website and check the What’s On page for a full programme of family events and regular workshops. Children under 5 years of age are not permitted on the underground tour.

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National Coal Mining Museum Events

Wacky Wednesdays at National Coal Mining Museum

Open 12th January 2022 - 16th February 2022

Take part in online under 5s fun with the National Coal Mining Museum on Wacky Wednesday from 12th January until 16th February 2022 at 10.15am.

Exhibition: ‘Gala Day’ at National Coal Mining Museum

Open 24th July 2021 - 20th March 2022

Experience a Yorkshire 'Gala Day' in the new exhibition at National Coal Mining Museum from 24th July until 20th March 2022.

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