Apedale Heritage Centre
Apedale Heritage Centre
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history of the surrounding area when you visit this unique attraction. We are located in the beautiful Apedale Community Country Park, North Staffordshire, in an area that was once an industrial powerhouse. At weekends and Bank Holidays we offer tours of an authentic drift mine. Mine tours run on the hour from 11am until the last tour at 3pm. Tours cost £6 for adults and £4 for children (over 5 only) and senior citizens. Group bookings may also be made for schools and organisations etc. Please enquire via our website or at our Reception Desk. Our museum is also open at weekends and Bank holidays, plus several week days. There you can learn about the industries and history of Apedale and the local area. There will usually be a guide on hand who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. There are several quiz sheets for children of all ages to have fun discovering the artifacts and information in the museum. These are sited on a table in the Roman section and available free of charge. Entry to the museum is free, although we'd appreciate it if you dropped a donation in our red box! The cafe is open every day, so even if you are just passing, you can come in for a cuppa [and a warm!] or to try some North Staffordshire Oatcakes, a speciality of the Potteries. We look forward to seeing you and/or your family and friends soon!
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  • Kev S
    19 contributions
    Great group trip
    We took our Cub scout group for a fantastic visit. Really interesting walk round the museum, lunch In the kids play are over the road and topped off with a great trip down the mine itself with Bunny our guide. Highly recommended trip out.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Daniel P
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom11 contributions
    Brilliant experience, hidden gem
    Had the pleasure of escorting a group of cub scouts in to the caves today and I must admit I found it absolutely fascinating. I was expecting it to be a fairly mundane and bubble wrapped tourist experience but was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of the visit and it really gave me the opportunity to better imagine what it would have been like for my grandad and family before him to have worked in these mines. Our tour guide ‘Bunny’ was excellent, striking the right balance in keeping our young people engaged whilst at the same time making it informative and sharing of his personal experiences of working in the mines. A hidden gem of a local attraction and I would highly encourage anyone to visit, especially if you are keen to learn more of the local Staffordshire history, thank you
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 March 2023
  • P M
    Newchapel, United Kingdom1 contribution
    Apedale Mining Museum
    Visited March 2023 with a group of Cub Scouts, they thoroughly enjoyed the visit. There's a museum with displays from the local area and quiz sheets for the kids to do as they go around. The mine tour was the highlight, they all wear miners helmets with lights and get to walk into the coal mine, the volunteers taking us around were very knowledgeable and kept the kids attention really well. There's also a large car park, coffee shop, a small play area and a train (although we didn't have time to go on that) - recommended for kids and adults.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Erika C
    1 contribution
    Fantastic extended mine tour with Roger
    I would highly recommend the extended mine tour at Apedale Heritage Centre. Our guide was Roger Stokoe, an ex miner. He is very knowledgable and explained everything in detail during our visit. He gave a great insight into the mine, the working life of the miners and the conditions they worked in. The whole tour took about two hours. We will definitely have a repeat visit in the future.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Chloe X
    1 contribution
    Great day!
    I visited yesterday with my partner and friends, what an experience! Our tour guide was a kind gentleman named Roger! Who is a ex minor himself so can really go into depth about the history of it all. Any questions- he’s there to answer! We learned a lot yesterday and it’s nice to come away with knowledge. Massive thank you to Roger for taking his time to teach us, we will be back- with more friends !
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2023
  • KarlPeter1969
    8 contributions
    Great afternoon at Apedale mine
    Great afternoon at Apedale mine. We did the extended underground tour of Brassey mine. After watching a short video of what to expect. We were led to the lamp room and kitted out with hard hat, lamp and knee pads. And introduced to our guides, Aiden and Alex. We were then led outside and into the drift mine. We were led by our guides down the mine and through the tunnels, which included some scrambling. It did get very narrow at times, but it did add to the adventure. It was also muddy in places, so old clothes and boots/wellies are advised. Aiden and Alex were great guides, providing a wealth of information on the bye gone industry of coal mining, as we weaved through the network of tunnels. All in all it was a very fun and informative experience I would definitely recommend the extended tour and we will be back to do the tour of Sevens soon.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • hilary p
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom17 contributions
    Brilliant place to visit
    Brilliant extended tour great to see another way of mining coal other than long wall . Excellent guide Bob former manager at the mine really clued up . A must visit for any old miner who would like to meet dedicated volunteers who keep this project alive with an authentic experience
    Visited April 2023
    Written 2 April 2023
  • John B
    United Kingdom2 contributions
    Great experience for kids.
    An amazing guided tour down the mine. Three grandchildren (7yr twins & 9yrs) really enjoyed it. Would highly recommend. Just make sure wear strong shoes & warm clothes as cold below ground. Kids obviously dirtier than they went in.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Mdowens
    Hednesford, United Kingdom41 contributions
    Amazing, genuine mine experience
    Awesome Mine Experience. Lovely museum and railway. Mine tour was the real deal - full experience of the reality of a working mine. I have done a few other mine tours and our tour guide - Ian - surpassed them all. Very highly recommended. The railway is short and sweet too. Apedale is a lovely experience run by many dedicated people
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Suzanne R
    2 contributions
    A brilliant place to visit!
    A brilliant day out! We visited Apedale Heritage Centre as a group outing for Staffordshire Sight Loss Association, we had a tour of the mining museum, it's a nice big museum covering many aspects of local history, lots about mining as you would expect and other things such as they had rooms set up to show what a miner's house would have been like years ago, this brought back a lot of memories for many people in our group. There is also an area that is set up to give a mining experience without going down the actual mine, it was really well set up and again very interesting. The team at the centre clearly have a lot of passion for what they do and a lot knowledge including stories from their families or own experiences to share. We learnt a lot about what the life of a miner would have been like. We want to say a big thank you to Les who helped us to plan our visit taking into account our accessibility requirements. We didn't go down the actual mine during our visit but hope to return and do that another day. We were made to feel very welcome by the whole team and they clearly care a lot about the centre and visitor experience. There is also a lovely cafe with lots of very reasonably priced meals, drinks and snacks. Thank you again for a wonderful day, we hope to visit you again soon!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 14 April 2023
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BrighousePete
Uphall, UK95 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a gem of a museum, with a real coal pit to visit underground. I was lucky enough to have a personal tour since it is out of season, and for just £8, the guide Ian took me through the mine. He is an ex miner and his insights into life were fascinating. There was very little health and safety in those days, and it must have been a scary place to work, although Ian assured me there was incredible camaraderie. After the tour I spent time in the fine museum, which is absolutely rammed with mining memorabilia. I think I prefer this site to the national mining museum in Yorkshire, because it has more human stories. Very thoroughly recommended.
Written 19 February 2024
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Wendy M
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Took the grandchildren for the afternoon we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Richard and steve were our guides and very informative.
Written 18 February 2024
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Grindino
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
I took my grandchildren aged 14 & 12 on the mine tour and I enjoyed it immensely. For some reason I imagined I would be walking along a well-lit horizontal surface, while the guide pointed out features of interest. Instead, we had two guides each delivering fascinating information from their own experience and from mining history. I always imagined coal mining was a dirty, uncomfortable and dangerous activity and Haydn & Richard confirmed that with examples that I hadn’t dreamed of. The tour really brings to life the working environment of a coal miner and made me appreciate the hardship faced by the men who delivered almost all the energy to British homes up to the 1960s. I must return and spend more time studying the extensive exhibits in the museum.
Written 18 February 2024
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Paula P
Shrewsbury, UK4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
We were really impressed with this heritage centre and museum with lots of fascinating local history about mining, and other industries such as brick making. However the highlight was the tour by Broughy and Richard. They guided us down the mine and explained how it all had worked, and the sort of lives the miners lead. I’m very interested in this sort of immersive experience and can honestly say that Apedale is probably the best mine I’ve visited. Well done for sharing this important history in such an engaging way.
Written 10 February 2024
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Graeme
10 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing extended mine tour - definitely not a bland tourist tour. An important reminder of an industry which was key to the area until recently (I was surprised to learn it only closed in the late 1990s).
Written 4 February 2024
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Safari47220878847
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Solo
I've been on a deep mine tour today, it's an awesome experience and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn what happened in the pits. Amazing tour guides all volunteers. Crawling on your hands and knees just like the men who worked in them.
I've done three different tours here and this was my personal favourite
Written 3 February 2024
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Craig C
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
We took our children on a standard tour of a once working mine at apedale heritage centre. The tour was completely authentic as we delved deeper into the once working mine and its passage way and corridors. Guided by Aidan and Bunny we were given a full insight to what it would of been like working down the pit. Won't lie some parts of it were a little daunting but was put completely at ease by by our friendly guides. Tour lasted over hour and half which whilst you were down there completely flew.
Our kids absolutely loved it and so did we would definitely recommend.
10/10.
Written 28 January 2024
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Carly C
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
Arrived at 1.30pm on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of people about walking and in the cafe on arrival.

Had a mine tour with Aiden and Geoff. Took us just over an hour. 2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and 11. There was noone else with our group so felt quite VIP! £22 for the mine tour. Great value for what it is.

The children were mesmerised to go underground in the mines with their hard hats and lights on... as were we!

The volunteer tour guides are super knowledgeable and very good with the children. They have wonderful stories to share as well as all the interesting facts about life in the coal mines.

After enjoyed a coffee and cake in the cafe which was nice and reasonably priced. Again staff friendly and attentive.

The museum is a great little freebie activity. Takes around 30 mins.

We were that engrossed in the activities we ran out of time to explore the outdoor walks so will definitely return later in the year to explore outside when the steam trains next door are running too.

Well done to all the volunteers . You have created a fantastic educational activity for all ages to enjoy.
Written 28 January 2024
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Meander37116101947
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Solo
Thank you Aidan for the excellent mine tour-interesting and informative.
The fascinating museum and welcoming cafe rounded off a great visit.
A great attraction!
Written 21 January 2024
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Trevor W
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Couples
Wow, what a find. Museum has enough local exhibits and info to fill a couple of hours.
Roger took us on the mine tour, very interesting and eye-opening experience. Great guide.
Written 17 January 2024
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