Land of Iron
Land of Iron
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Discover a brand-new state of the art attraction celebrating North Yorkshire’s famous Land of Iron. Standing on the site of the first ironstone mine in Cleveland, Land of Iron allows you to get up close and explore a rich and fascinating history. This hands-on journey takes you back 150 years to a time of industrial revolution when the area and its people supplied over a third of the worlds Iron and Steel. An all new-for-2023 exhibition Journey back to a different time with the aid of photographs, mementos and objects that tell a fascinating story of the life and work of the miners and their families. The interactive exhibition is designed with every age in mind.
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  • Sue
    5 contributions
    A Must Visit
    This newly reopened museum is a gem. We were made so welcome both when we went in and during our visit. The displays are well set out and really interesting. There is a short tour which explains much about the life underground. I would not recommend it for young children but it is still being renovated. We loved it and the café in the car park is wonderful. We wish it every success
    Visited January 2023
    Written 30 January 2023
  • Jase
    Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Fascinating place to visit for ironstone mining heritage
    Easy to find, really helpful staff, amazing historical and heritage books available. Visited with our autistic son, patient and understanding staff took us on a 45 minute fascinating tour into the drift mine areas. Lots still to see in the actual museum areas, interactive digital maps and lots of artifacts. Definitely worth a trip for a few hours!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 February 2023
  • Madalyn H
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom1,902 contributions
    Good visit
    Very good interpretive displays of local ironstone mining and related social history. The tour is being developed as not all part of the drift mine are available to visit. Very enthusiastic and keen staff. Well worth the visit - and tickets include return within the year.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Keith P
    18 contributions
    Great place to visit for young or old.
    My wife booked for both of us to go and have the guided tour - it was brilliant! I learned so much about the history of the place we live that I didn't know before. The newly refurbished museum is full of genuine artefacts and stories from the mining industry in this area and films are shown on screens too. The guided tour of some of the mine buildings and the "experiences" you get, showing what life in the mines was like (I won't spoil the surprises here) are well worked out and delivered by very knowledgeable staff and volunteers. We could easily spend an hour in the museum plus the hour long tour - and there's a great eating place across the car park!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • strangegirly
    Whitchurch-on-Thames, United Kingdom20 contributions
    Fascinating!
    Absolutely fantastic. The exhibition was incredibly interesting and informative. The items on display and the information boards couldn’t be better. The videos and displays of what the miners did in their free time were particularly interesting. Keith, our tour guide, was brilliant and the tour itself gave you real insight into the work of the men, children and horses that worked in the mine. The drift isn’t quite open yet but it was amazing to see it and go inside the ventilation shaft. I thoroughly enjoyed our visit, it was fascinating, and my 7 year old did too!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Justin H
    Peterborough, United Kingdom2 contributions
    Superb Guided Tour with GARY the tour Guide
    So my son (11) and I went for a guided tour, the price is very good, but you must insist on the tour guide GARY, what a genuinely engaging character, full of knowledge, full of humour, kept us engaged and and we both learned an awesome amount 'Damp Squib' still makes me chuckle. Value for money defo, the museum you can look around without engaging on the tour which in itself is very high quality, but cannot recommend the tour high enough. So Gary, I do genuinely hope you get a thank you passed on from us to you and keep up the great work you do.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Janetta
    Ambleside, United Kingdom63 contributions
    A very interesting visit
    The exhibition is extremely interesting with one excellent film and one a bit of arty imagining. The tour was also very informative, although "tour" is somewhat of a misnomer as you don't actually go into the mine, just through some passages and into a shed. Not quite sure why we needed the hard hats but I suppose they add to the atmosphere. We did learn a lot of new to us information about the mining of iron and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours there.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Katrina F
    3 contributions
    Fantastic!
    My mum and dad had the most amazing day! They are definitely returning soon. Their tour guide, Robin, was FANTASTIC! He was great to chat to, and the tour around was done very professionally! He is very knowledgable about the local history and very polite. Thank you, Robin!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • CandPTravellers
    London, United Kingdom67 contributions
    Excellent industrial heritage museum near Staithes
    We just spotted the brown tourist sign for this museum on our way to our B&B and, overnight, booked two places on the 10.30am tour the next day. Our guide was Michael and he was so well informed about the mining history in the area; and the tour was really interesting. Ahead of any tour there is also a really good exhibition, plus an exhibition about geology on an upper floor. We were lucky, there were only four people on our tour but it is a really good idea to book online in advance because each tour can only take 12 people. If you enjoy history and industrial heritage do find time to visit The Land of Iron, professionally run by a team of rightly proud and enthusiastic volunteers. Also if, like us, you're celebrating your sixth wedding anniversary, which is iron, this is the place for you! We were there on the day and totally by accident!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • FussySpalding
    32 contributions
    Enjoyable guided tour
    We had 2 very enjoyable hours here, on a cold wet afternoon. Our guide, Keith, was a brilliant guide who was very knowledgeable. He explained how the mine worked and described how hard and in what conditions the miners worked. Afterwards we wandered around the little museum, which is a great social history experience. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
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Margaret C
6 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Great tour and really interesting information. The staff and tour guide were very friendly and welcoming. Drift mine section opens in January, so hoping to come back and see that part. The exhibitions were good.
Written 2 December 2023
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FussySpalding
Spalding32 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had 2 very enjoyable hours here, on a cold wet afternoon. Our guide, Keith, was a brilliant guide who was very knowledgeable. He explained how the mine worked and described how hard and in what conditions the miners worked.
Afterwards we wandered around the little museum, which is a great social history experience.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written 28 November 2023
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CandPTravellers
London, UK67 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We just spotted the brown tourist sign for this museum on our way to our B&B and, overnight, booked two places on the 10.30am tour the next day.

Our guide was Michael and he was so well informed about the mining history in the area; and the tour was really interesting. Ahead of any tour there is also a really good exhibition, plus an exhibition about geology on an upper floor.

We were lucky, there were only four people on our tour but it is a really good idea to book online in advance because each tour can only take 12 people.

If you enjoy history and industrial heritage do find time to visit The Land of Iron, professionally run by a team of rightly proud and enthusiastic volunteers.

Also if, like us, you're celebrating your sixth wedding anniversary, which is iron, this is the place for you! We were there on the day and totally by accident!
Written 21 November 2023
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Katrina F
3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
My mum and dad had the most amazing day! They are definitely returning soon.

Their tour guide, Robin, was FANTASTIC! He was great to chat to, and the tour around was done very professionally! He is very knowledgable about the local history and very polite.

Thank you, Robin!
Written 30 September 2023
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Janetta
Ambleside, UK63 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The exhibition is extremely interesting with one excellent film and one a bit of arty imagining. The tour was also very informative, although "tour" is somewhat of a misnomer as you don't actually go into the mine, just through some passages and into a shed. Not quite sure why we needed the hard hats but I suppose they add to the atmosphere. We did learn a lot of new to us information about the mining of iron and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours there.
Written 10 September 2023
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Justin H
Peterborough, UK2 contributions
Aug 2023
So my son (11) and I went for a guided tour, the price is very good, but you must insist on the tour guide GARY, what a genuinely engaging character, full of knowledge, full of humour, kept us engaged and and we both learned an awesome amount 'Damp Squib' still makes me chuckle.

Value for money defo, the museum you can look around without engaging on the tour which in itself is very high quality, but cannot recommend the tour high enough.

So Gary, I do genuinely hope you get a thank you passed on from us to you and keep up the great work you do.
Written 3 August 2023
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strangegirly
Whitchurch-on-Thames, UK20 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Absolutely fantastic. The exhibition was incredibly interesting and informative. The items on display and the information boards couldn’t be better. The videos and displays of what the miners did in their free time were particularly interesting.

Keith, our tour guide, was brilliant and the tour itself gave you real insight into the work of the men, children and horses that worked in the mine. The drift isn’t quite open yet but it was amazing to see it and go inside the ventilation shaft. I thoroughly enjoyed our visit, it was fascinating, and my 7 year old did too!
Written 31 July 2023
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sailingbikeruk
Daventry, UK91 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
At £7.50 each, it is possibly the biggest waste of money I've spent on a "museum" given the lack of anything.

Firstly - The drift is closed so you can't go into the mine, that isn't made clear at any point until AFTER you are inside.

The small museum with its static displays were interesting, but the "tour" was shockingly poor. The images and information shown on the tour contradicted the infromation in the museum. In the museum it suggests men wore womens bloomers or mined naked because of the heat, in the tour they are dressed in jackets and trousers with ties around the legs to keep wick the damp away - which is it?

They tried to do a demonstration of how dark the mine would have been, but the "candles" weren't working so we sat in asbolute pitch darkness listening to the guide.

From there on we had to "pretend" or "imagine" while the guide mined a brick wall and even during that explanation missed a step because the tools were in the wrong order.

The only working part of the tour was the extractor fan. Which was mechanically interesting but not worth £7.50

I cant recommend this place as it is, telephone and check to see if the drift has re-opened or give it a miss.
Written 1 July 2023
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Carolyn F
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Couples
Insightful and interesting museum, well worth a visit to be inspired by the industrial past. Great in interpretation focused on the people in the stories, and personal tour by volunteers brings the history alive. Plus I got to blow something up with was super fun!
Written 26 June 2023
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Alan
Ayrshire, UK5 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great place to visit and very interesting and staff very knowledgeable. Colin went above and beyond as a guide. When we arrived we couldn’t get the mine tour as there was a school being shown round. Colin went out of his way to show my wife and I as much as he could without us being actually shown the mine.
A great insight to this once very industrial area. It’s great to see this museum showing us the heritage of the area. We went for a walk later and it was good to be able to understand the rock formations of the cliffs after having visited this museum.
The staff in the gift shop were very friendly and the gifts are very reasonably priced.
If you are in the area please visit this little gem of a museum, you won’t be disappointed.
Written 16 June 2023
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