National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum
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Speciality MuseumsPlaygroundsHistory Museums
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Katherine F
    96 contributions
    Excellent
    This is a really excellent place to visit, the underground tour is fantastic and really interesting. We had lunch in the cafe which was good and not expensive. In total we were at the museum basically all day, it's a huge site, there's lots to see and do. I was a bit disappointed with the pony discovery centre as there wasn't as much to see as expected from the website and you can't stroke the ponies [ chains across door] but overall a really good day out, thank you
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 February 2023
  • demileighharrison
    Doncaster, United Kingdom16 contributions
    10/10
    Booked a tour for today with my nan to see a bit of our own family history (my grandad was a miner). The tour and the tour guides were amazing! So informative and we really got to see what it felt like to be down in the mines and what life was like day to day for a miner. There are many volunteers there who are ex-miners who shared their own stories and experiences woth the visitors which was fantastic! I will deffo be returning here as I feel proud to share my own family history with coal mining. The men who took us down the mines were all ex-miners themselves so knew a lot about the goings on. I coudl not praise them enough for making us feel welcome and keeping us entertained with their knowledge and charisma. It is amazing that there are so many thay dedicate their weekends to volunteer work at the museum and I know it will benefit each visitor that comes. I'm going to tell everyone I know about the museum as its a must see attraction and makes me proud of my heritage! Can't wait to come back in the summer!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 February 2023
  • KateP
    2 contributions
    Super interesting day out
    Excellent day out. We took our 13 yr old who went down the mine with his Dad - I stayed up top and was expecting to end up in the cafe while I waited. Although they were underground much longer than I expected (well over an hour) there was so much to see that I hadn’t finished by the time they returned. The cafe was excellent when I finally got there! Lovely pasties! Had a lovely walk round to the pony and horse sanctuary and Hope Pit. All really interesting and it was great to be able to speak to miners who had worked the pit. All in all I would thoroughly recommend it - I had no idea how much there would be to see.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 February 2023
  • BARRY J
    1 contribution
    Very interesting day.
    We brought a party of 36 senior people for a tour today. I must say it is excellent in every way. We had a warm welcome from the volunteers who showed us around the exhibition before we went down the mine in groups of 12. All the guides are ex miners who are full of information and really gave an insight into what it was like working down the mine over the years. The cafe is also very good and we all left having had a very enjoyable time. There is something for everyone here and such good value.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Salphie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom97 contributions
    Great day out
    I went with my daughter who is 8, she s learning all about mining at school as part of history. Such a great museum. Lots to see and learn. Entry is free but if you want to go in the actual mine it is £5. Would highly recommend this. Had Trevor as the tour guide, very knowledgeable and funny. He was great with the kids who were on the tour. The tour lasts over an hour. Lots of other sections to the site and interactive. Also a park and nature trail. We were there 4 hrs but could have stayed longer.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Dawny68corbridge
    6 contributions
    Informative and such an important museum
    Such a great visit. Did an underground trip with Trevor, who was an excellent guide. Very safety conscious and knowledgeable. Should be on the National curriculum, if it isn't already. Could easily spend a full day there. I was visiting from the North East, so next time I visit I will definitely be going back... Thank you
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Karen D
    5 contributions
    Fantastic museum
    This experience has always been on my bucket list to visit, I finally got to book today. One word fantastic from the food, to the content of the museum to the interesting tour with the brilliant knowledgeable guide Russell. I'd definitely recommend a visit and I would visit again
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Amanda K
    31 contributions
    Cafe Visit for Breakfast
    Called in at the cafe today for breakfast. We had bacon sandwiches and sausage and tomato sandwiches.....these are by far the best sandwiches we have had. Staff (both in the cafe and shop were very pleasant). Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2023
  • 2016Andy
    East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom8 contributions
    Going underground
    We booked our mine visit in advance online and good job we did as when we arrived all the tours were fully booked! A lovely Welsh miner called Col was our guide, he was very informative with a good sense of humour and , of course, it was great fun wearing our hard hats and miners lamps. I had no idea that canaries are still sometimes used down the mines! Great little museum too and the cafe offers everything from coffee and cakes to full meals. Apart from the mine tour and all-day mini railway tickets the whole site is free including the nature walk. Suggest you choose better weather for that than we did!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Dickwheeler
    Doncaster, United Kingdom6 contributions
    Brilliant
    Took our eldest grandsons 14 & 11 to show them what our fathers had to contend with in their working lives. A really great trip down the mine. Our guide, Russ, was a gem, good fun but as an ex miner he was full of knowledge and gave a great insight into coal mining. By todays standards it is very reasonably priced, £5 per person regardless of age. Cafe is good and the exhibitions around the site were very good too. If you are unable to pre book places on the tours then ring up on the day and they will tell you haw many ‘turn up and pay’ tours are available. We had to do that and were not disappointed.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 March 2023
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Grahame D
Normanton, UK26 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
Went here today for one last time down pit. First I checked in for my underground tour and a bite in pit canteen. ( cafe ). Then a walk around pit top. When I got to pit baths that is when all the memories came flooding back. When I walked in the smell was just as I remembered it i could have been going to change into my dirty clothes. After another walk around time for my tour underground. We were met by our guide Russ he put everyone at ease with his easy banter. Underground he was the same and got quite a few laughs explaining the workings of the mine . Been a ex miner I could not fault anything he explained to the party. I had a brilliant afternoon thanks to everyone at NMM.
Written 21 February 2024
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Steven R
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a totally must see experience! Russ Jones, our guide, took us below ground, his knowledge and expeience made us feel that we were in safe hands from the moment we met. The history of mining shared by Russ was facinating and memorable. The displays in the halls were so informative of mining social history and to end the cafe was great. No matter where we were, the staff were so kind, helpful and always with a big smile.
We'll be back to see the 84/85 exhibition and everything else we couldnt fit in. Very many thanks. A wonderful experience.
Written 20 February 2024
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Tanny_Starkk
London, UK17 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Took 3 kids for a day out during the recent school holidays.
Had an absolutely wonderful experience from start to finish. The place is well set out and well run the staff at the Hub were fantastic and helped us on our way.
We took the underground tour which really was remarkable! Ian our guide and an ex-miner was absolutely outstanding… there’s a way to engage with a new generation and especially the new age children to give them an idea of what life REALLY was like and he did that perfectly.

Itd be an opportune time to commend the likes of Ian for giving us an all too real dose of what life was like for the miners and what remarkably resilient and strong people they were. I genuinely would say those people are someone to look upto , admire and aspire to be like in the attitude they took to life.

Thanks to all and especially Ian!

Kindest regards,
Ali , Zahra , Hasnain
Tanny , Qad and Mark
Written 20 February 2024
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Emma B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Business
Cannot thank our tour guide Colin enough! He made the experience so enjoyable for all of us, he made sure the whole route was accessible for the wheelchair and made a continuous effort to involve him throughout :) Could not speak highly enough of the tour! The tour was SEN friendly and was adjusted to cater for needs we had!
Written 18 February 2024
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Thank you for your glowing review - we're so pleased that you had a great tour with Colin, and we'll pass this on. We hope to see you all again soon.
Written 19 February 2024
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Camper09000136260
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
A brilliant day out! Everyone at the museum could not have been more helpful and spent so much time explaining everything to my son, who throughly enjoyed its Lots to do and see for a full day’s exploring. Big shout out to Russ Jones, who took us down “darn pit” with humour and empathy and made sure we all came back up in one piece! And to the blacksmith, who made my boy a leaf in his demonstration and spent so much time talking to him, as he was fascinated! Our dog also involved meeting the pit ponies and exploring outside. Thanks again and such amazing value for money!
Written 17 February 2024
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Richard R
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Had an amazing day here, was really surprised at how much there is to see and do. The highlight for me was the underground tour which lasted over an hour. Going into a real coal mine where displays and Russ the amazing tour guide brought to life the history of mining spanning over 200 years. The displays are effective at showing what life was like for the mining families of old but it was Russ and his excellent knowledge and delivery of that knowledge combined with his great sense of humour that made it special. Really deserves top marks. Thankyou for an amazing visit
Written 17 February 2024
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David H
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Great day out. We spent 3 hours there and could’ve stayed longer. We did the underground tour and the kids came out fascinated and the tour guide was excellent. Can’t wait to visit again!
Written 16 February 2024
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Graeme M
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina21 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This was one of the best museum experiences of my life. The underground tour, in particular is not to be missed and should be pre-booked. All the guides are ex-miners and ours, Gaz, gave a vivid illustration of the history and development of the industry, whilst keeping the children in our group totally engaged. A great family day out.
Written 16 February 2024
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Thank you for your kind words - it's great to hear that we're one of your top museum experiences. We'll pass your feedback on to Gaz, see you all again soon!
Written 19 February 2024
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Compass42034000573
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
it was a really nice experience to go there. We had a tour underground and we really enjoyed it. Our instructor was really passionate and really had interesting topics to talk about . There is a wonderful playground and loads of fun stuff scattered around the whole place
Written 16 February 2024
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Sherpa45745231276
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
This was an amazing day out with the family. Something for everyone and the tour of the mine is not to be missed. Many thanks Ian D
Written 16 February 2024
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