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National Mining Museum Scotland

| Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange EH22 4QN, Scotland
+44 131 663 7519
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Unfortunately you can't go under the surface,cause the pit has been blocked with gravel and soil... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Martin S
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Hagen, Germany
Third time here and best yet

I visited with a friend and we decided to go on a Wednesday as that's when the "Big Stuff" shed is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Duncraig
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Scotland
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The National Mining Museum Scotland, a 5 Star visitor attraction and twice winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions "Best Visitor Experience" Award. We're based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe. Visitors to the museum will marvel at the sheer size of the place, be astounded by the engineering brilliance behind all the machinery and retrace the footsteps of the thousands of miners. What should you expect: Interactive exhibitions provides a great day out for all ages! Free entry to the Cafe serving fresh food daily. Gift shop with bespoke souvenirs. Knowledgeable and personable Guided Tours. Audio tour and self-guided options in English, Deutsch and Français.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“guided tour” (46 reviews)
“all ages” (15 reviews)
“great visit” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange EH22 4QN, Scotland
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+44 131 663 7519
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Unfortunately you can't go under the surface,cause the pit has been blocked with gravel and soil etc.But after a visit to the exhibition,which shows the history of mining,together with tools and equipment,comes the best part (in my opinion):The tour with a guide/former miner.In my case...More

Thank Martin S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited with a friend and we decided to go on a Wednesday as that's when the "Big Stuff" shed is open. Try for Wednesdays or Sundays as they're the only days the tour is on. Jim took us round and as myself and friend...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped at the museum on the way from England to Scotland. Sinclair took us on a wonderful tour of the colliery and his knowledge and stories took us back many years to when the UK produced its own coal! Brilliant tour from a real miner....More

Thank Richard C
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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your feedback. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and will pass on the feedback to Sinclair.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After seeing some other mining museums I was expecting a bit more, the 12 year old I had with me was very bored, the history bit that was given was interesting but the presentation wasn't. I suppose it might be good for some people but...More

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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. Coal Mines and Salt Mines are by nature very different and it unfortunate that you were expecting something similar to the salt mine outside of Cracow. However, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the history of the site...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here on way back from attending the Rolling Stones concert at Murrayfield. I was reading an article at the hotel and came across this museum. Looked interesting and Groupon had a Pithead guided tour for two for about a tenner. The was was also...More

Thank Andrew C
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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The Rolling Stones and a visit to see us! It sounds like you had a great weekend. Thank you for your lovely review. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the cafe, the tour guides especially Tom. All of our tours...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I greatly enjoyed my visit to the museum. I undertook both guided tours and in both cases the guides were very friendly, engaging and extremely knowledgeable. It has to be the best industrial museum I have been to and i would highly recommend a visit.

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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed both the Pit Head and Big Stuff tour. We hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We were having a long weekend City break in Edinburgh and we had done most of the tourist hot spots. As we decided where we would visit for the day at breakfat my wife came across the National Mining Museum at Newtongrange which we decided...More

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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thank you very much for your review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

This turned out to be the perfect meeting spot for a family day out, all coming by train from different directions. The tour was outstanding, led by Sinclair an ex-miner who brought everything to life and was able to keep the interest of kids as...More

Thank Angie H
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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Thank you for your review. I will be sure to pass on your feedback to Sinclair. We hope to see you all again.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Great place for a family visit away from the tourist hype of Princes Street. Superb value and a great insight into an industry that shaped the country. Brought to life by ex miners who give generously of their time and memories. Good mixture of guided...More

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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Great tour guide with a good sense of humour, made the kids feel so welcome always coming down and talking to them at their level. Young Tom 🤣🤣🤣😜😜 was always informative as were were going round And makes jokes. We shall go again when we...More

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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Young Tom never fails to bring humour to his tours. I will be sure to pass this onto him. Thank you for the review.

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RClaireN
13 June 2018|
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Response from Quonya H | Property representative |
Hi. The tour does not go underground as the mine shaft was closed a while before the site became a museum. However there is a recreated Coal Road and Coal Face that give the appearance and feel of being underground.
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Scott M
14 March 2015|
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Response from gillybean2871 | Property representative |
Thank you for your comments re children's entry to the museum. I think perhaps you have misread the website. It in fact states that "up to 3 children go free with each paying adult". This is actually 3 children under the... More
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