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National Coal Mining Museum

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Overton, United Kingdom
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About National Coal Mining Museum
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. Then let off steam in the Adventure Playground
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Ruairidh Jones wrote a review Jan 2021
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Trevor our tour guide was a wonderful man, would recommend just talking to him alone for hours. He has so much incredible knowledge about mining. Give that man a raise! I Love You Trev! Xx
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Martin Green wrote a review Oct 2020
Honley, United Kingdom29 contributions55 helpful votes
I was interested in how the museum was going to function during lockdown and Covid 19. There is the obvious compromise of not being able to go underground which is of course a main event for the museum. However I thought that the team in the museum handled all of this excellently. Most of the museum overground is still open and there are more miners around to show you/guide you. We walked around the topside for a good couple of hours with the kids (11 & 9) and had we been alone could have easily done another couple of hours. The whole experience is so friendly and the people really have done their best to make this work. I would ask everyone get yourselves booked in and donate. Places like this will be suffering badly during the lockdown and really need your support. The effort going in to keep the topside operational is exceptional and I hope people visit and donate wherever possible. The Cafe is brilliant and not overly expensive, the quality of the cakes etc is very good as well. When it's fully open this is truly one of the best museums in the country. It gives an experience up there with the Black Country Museum and Beamish but is totally focussed on coal mining. It shows the battle the miners have had with goverments and pit owners to gain workers rights over the centuries. For me it leaves me dewy eyed that it is now a dead industry and the communities have long died. Britain is a lesser place for this but the museum gives a real glimpse of how hard life used to be for miners and their families. Loved it, even though there aren't as many people there at the moment.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Swansea87 wrote a review Oct 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom186 contributions57 helpful votes
I'll start by saying I've never felt so welcome at a museum in my life before, all staff volunteers were brilliant and actually seemed to love their jobs. The ex miners that were dotted around the site were incredibly passionate and knowledgeable and made my 5 year old daughter feel very special. We knew before going some things weren't open including the pit itself however this didn't make it any less enjoyable. The covid precautions were first class and a simple follow the arrow system meant you could wander around and not miss anything. Hand sanitizer was also in abundance. The Wheres Wally trail was good for the younger children as it meant they had something to look out for on the way round, whilst the adults could read the information. The play area was in imaculate condition and had a good variety of things to climb on and was a great place for my daughter to let off steam. The cafe staff were again really pleasant people, many times I've been to a cafe and the staff seem miserable however they were really friendly and chatty and again made small talk with my daughter about Where's Wally. Nice coffee, lovely cakes, price on par with other museums. Not the cheapest but not unexpected. I can't believe people are complaining about parking charges. This is a FREE museum! How tight do you have to be to not want to contribute anything. Because it was Winter we were told we didn't have to pay for parking but we contributed anyway because it was such an excellent afternoon. Looking forward to going back when the pit, the little train and the Hope pit site has 're opened. Keep up the excellent work and thank you for all being great staff.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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The V Fam wrote a review Oct 2020
Pontefract, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Been a few years since we visited the NCM but it never disappoints and the outdoor park was a great addition since the last visit. Due to COVID some areas such as the underground tour were not working, however so much to see and do that we still had a great time. Big shout out to the Caphouse crafts where we made a lamp and will def come back for other art events. The thing that makes this place special is the people who run it and tell their stories, the ex miners who are the nicest folk you will ever meet. This is our history and our culture and we should do everything to keep those stories alive for future generations. Please support this great facility as like many others it has been impacted by the pandemic. A gem and will def be back, loved every minute. Thanks to all the miners and those helping to run the NCM.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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SpanW86 wrote a review Oct 2020
Pontefract, United Kingdom3 contributions4 helpful votes
I could not recommend this place highly enough! All the staff are exceptional, funny, helpful and knowledgable! Also, a visit to the cafe is a must......absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for a lovely day!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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