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

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


(Small car park charge)

National Coal Mining Museum details...

One of the best places to go 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 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. Discover the contribution that Sir Humphry Davy made in the lamp’s evolution.

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.

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.


National Coal Mining Museum Events

Home Education Workshops at National Coal Mining Museum

Open 11th October 2023 - 12th July 2024

Book onto a workshop if you are a home educator with the National Coal Mining Museum on selected days from September until 12th July 2024.

Steam Club at National Coal Mining Museum

Open 16th February 2024 - 16th June 2024

National Coal Mining Museum hosts exciting workshops based on STEM subjects for 11-16 years children from 16th February to 16th June 2024 on selected days.

Caphouse Creators at the National Coal Mining Museum

Open 8th January 2023 - 7th July 2024

Get hands-on at the workshops, make mirrors, badges, bowls and more at the National Coal Mining Museum from 8th January to 7th July 2024.

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