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National Mining Museum Scotland

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Address: Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange EH22 4QN, Scotland
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We are the National Mining Museum Scotland, a 5* visitor attraction and...

We are the National Mining Museum Scotland, a 5* visitor attraction and winner of Scotland's Best Visitor Experience 2009, based in the Lady Victoria Colliery.

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Never thought the day would come when you'd have to go to a Museum to see coal...

Welcoming, very well structured displays about all aspects of Mining and the now-defunct great coal industry. Being guided round the remaining works by a miner who not only had... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Scotland
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Welcoming, very well structured displays about all aspects of Mining and the now-defunct great coal industry. Being guided round the remaining works by a miner who not only had lived the life, but loved it, was an unexpected delight. His insights into the daily workings were fascinating, his style most friendly and open. He brought back many childhood memories of... More 

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Dumbarton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent museum with 2 floors of interactive displays going through the history of mining in Scotland. Guided tours available - ours was guided by Jim who was excellent. All the guides are ex miners & are very knowledgeable. Tour takes about 1 hour & you probably need about 2-3 hours to see everything. Very good cafe for light lunches &... More 

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Nontron, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

It was a rainy afternoon and ideal opportunity to visit an indoor attraction. A former working colliery which stopped production in 1981. It was Scotland's first 'super pit' and is one of the best preserved Victorian mines in Europe. We arrived in time for the 2pm tour and the lady suggested that as we had half an hour or so... More 

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gillybean2871, Marketing & Events Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much. John, and all of our other ex-miner guides, have so many valuable (and often amusing) stories to tell about their time in the pits. We're working hard to bring other areas of the colliery site back to life to add to the visitor experience in... More 

Lerwick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

On holiday with the family, children ranging from 3-18 we decided to visit after seeing the signs for the museum. Our guide was a former miner so new what he was speaking about. Very informative tour and nice to see the sort of equipment used for mining. We were glad we changed our plans and visited this mining museum instead... More 

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Thank Gord73
gillybean2871, Marketing & Events Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review! We're glad that you didn't regret changing your original plans and enjoyed your visit so much! The next time you are in the area please pop back - we have lots of plans for 2017! More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Visited the National Museum of Mining with my 7 year and a friend, we found it fascinating. The exhibits are very well put together with excellent explanations, the guided tour was the best part visit. All the staff were very helpful and friendly with a special mention to the tour guide (Mr Sinclair Sutherland), having worked as a miner at... More 

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Thank Sneckieman
gillybean2871, Marketing & Events Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review! We're delighted to hear that you had such a great experience when visiting last week and we'll make sure Sinclair sees your review! We have a lovely programme of family friendly Christmas events planned for December so we hope to see you back again soon! Take a look at our website events page... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Wet rainy day in Edinburgh so thought do something different. This was a real working coal mine not so long ago. Arrived about 1400 (closes 1600 in winter) and really wished arrived much earlier. Didn't have time to see all of it. Will be back to see rest of exhibition. Great guided tour led by an ex coal miner who... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Great insight into mining across the years and the impact it has had on Scottish society. The tour is over an hour long and is really well done. Outwith the tour the exhibits that you can walk around are really interesting too.

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Stanley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We visited the National Mining Museum Scotland on a cold, wet day in November 2016. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, but I had two 8 year old boys to entertain and they'd shown some interest in visiting when I mentioned it as an option, so I took the chance. From the moment we entered the car park, boys... More 

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Thank S B
gillybean2871, Marketing & Events Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! We're glad our tour guides were able to brighten up a cold, wet November day for you and your family. We have some exciting plans for 2017 so please keep an eye on our website and social media pages early next year to find out more! We'd love to welcome you back again some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

My father in law and I travelled up from Wallsend, Tyneside today and we had a very enjoyable day. Our tour guide Sinclair provided us with a fascinating overview of the workings and history of the coal industry. He really brought the history of the colliery alive. Thanks, much respect! On a more personal note I, like many of the... More 

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Thank Rob M
gillybean2871, Marketing & Events Officer at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to tell us what you thought of your visit! We're so pleased that your trip from Tyneside was so worthwhile and we'll make sure Sinclair gets to read your lovely comments. More 

Airdrie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Visited this museum with a group very interesting the guided tour was excellent especially as the guides were ex miners with funny an interesting tales.Had lunch at the cafe with reasonable choices

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