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National Coal Mining Museum for England
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Overton
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a unique place where the history of mining over several centuries is preserved both above and below ground. Meet a miner and descend 140m underground on a unique mine tour.
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Great day out. The Underground Tour is a must. Plenty to see and do for all the family both indoors and outdoors. Reasonably priced cafe for refreshments and/or meals. Parking on site more than adequate.

Thank NormanWestYorkshire
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

The underground tour was the highlight, led by a jovial ex-miner who should have been a stand-up comedian (maybe he is). The noise, dust, damp, rats, etc. are, fortunately or unfortunately, absent. The museum is long on details of the miners' lives and culture but very short on technical details. I would have liked more information on the evolution of coal-mining technology. The buildings away from the main centre were poorly signposted and often the entrances were obscure.

I cam away with a feeling of sadness at what we have lost - the 'genocide' of the mining communities, not to mention 300 years' supply of coal abandoned under the UK, while we import coal from countries with a terrible safety record. I did not see any statues to Thatcher!

Thank Phil J
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Well we planned this visit over a few days and with the words 'free' being used expected a quick hour or so looking at well used and tardy objects. We were wrong. This was an excellent day out - and then some. There are loads and loads of stuff 'on top' to look at and interact with but even that is a shadow of the adventure underground with Paul 'Amazing' Grace. All I can say is he can't tell jokes - but he tries. Perfect guide for the little ones. Paul went through the history of mining as we were walking underground showing from Victorian times with children working the trap-doors to the modern cutting machines now used. We were well over an hour underground and it felt like 10 mins. Once back up top we visited the pit-ponies and kids adventure play-ground plus some of the other exhibitions. We didn't see all by no means. Taking my dad with us - an ex-miner himself - was the icing as he enjoyed re-living his working times. An excellent day out for the family or anyone really.

Thank KevHF
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Incredibly informative. We went on the underground tour taken by an ex miner called "tree beard". He did a fantastic job, keeping the tour both interesting as well as engaging.
Thoroughly recommend.
It's free to enter the museum but there is a £2.50 per person charge for the underground tour. This is refundable if you hand back the token you are given at the end, but to be honest the museum is well worth this cost and only an epic tight wad would ever want a refund.

Thank DavidSawle
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

An excellent trip down the mine accompanied by our larger than life ex miner 'Kebab'. It started with a language lesson to get us accustomed to the Yorkshire phrases. We proceeded down the lift shaft with detailed description of the mine in former days accompanied by many jokes and yet more introduction to yorkshire mining phrases. Many of the pupils enjoyed crawling through small tunnels, however, there were alternative routes for those who were not quite so brave! We enjoyed turning the lamps off to experience total darkness where you literally cannot see your hand In front of your face. At the coal face the pupils made themselves look more like miners by smearing their faces with coal. Even the girls were happy to participate! We were all allowed to take a souvenir from the mine - a piece of coal. Kebab explained miners used to suck coal as pain relief or to aid indigestion. One of the pupils checked this out by sampling the coal. ....... All in all a very informative and enjoyable trip. Thanks Kebab for your great commentary, go and visit to find out why he was called Kebab!

Thank Nsadavies
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