National Coal Mining Museum For England

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


(based on family of 4)

National Coal Mining Museum For England details...

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

The lively ex-miner led underground tours are a must for all visitors and children aged 5 years and above. Families are invited to get even more ’hands-on’ as they descend 140 metres below ground to discover the new ’Go Mining!’ interactive tour. This informative and exciting tour costs just £4 per person.

Indoors you can explore original colliery buildings, fascinating galleries and exhibitions.

Little ones will love the new ’Little Diggers’ under 5’s, allotment themed indoor soft play area with puzzles, games and children’s activities with its own garden shed, pigeon coop, a slide and ball pool. Extend your fabulous family day out with a nature trail expedition that goes to the bottom of the valley and join ’Motty’ the mole as he takes you on an adventure. Allow plenty of time for the kids to make the most of the amazing new Adventure Playground with swings, climbing frames and a slides, they can let off steam until they drop!

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 For England Events

By the People, For the People Exhibition at National Coal Mining Museum

Open 3rd April 2017 - 31st December 2017

Learn about Nationalisation of the Coal Mining Industry in the new exhibition when you spend a day out Wakefield's fascinating history museum.

Half Term Cultural Olympiad @ Pit at National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield

Open 21st October 2017 - 29th October 2017

Buckets full of things to do in half term week at National Coal Mining Museum includes some spooky story telling and fireworks for all the family.

Santa Underground at National Coal Mining Museum

Open 25th November 2017 - 23rd December 2017

Unearth an underground Santa's Grotto at the National Coal Mining Museum this Christmas time where the kids will be delighted to meet the Big Man!

Pocket Panto’s Cinderella Performed at National Coal Mining Museum

Open 4th December 2017 - 6th December 2017

The unmissable family pantomime Cinderella will be performed at the National Coal Mining Museum on evenings 4th-6th December by Pocket Panto Company.

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