National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

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Must see · Playground · History Museum
Experience living history at National Coal Mining Museum, offering free guided underground tours designed to introduce visitors to the working conditions, tools, and machines used as the mining industry developed over the centuries. Aboveground is a visitor center, housing exhibitions on the social and industrial history of the country’s mines. Other notable features include pit head baths, a steam winding house, a boiler house, and a coal screening plant. You can also ride the paddy train, walk the nature trail around the site, or visit the Stable Yard to learn about the working horses and ponies once used inside the pits. Check online for special events and exhibitions. Our Wakefield vacation planner makes visiting National Coal Mining Museum and other Wakefield attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A wonderful varied museum. Plenty to entertain the whole family with playground and nature reserve. Optional donations otherwise free. The cafe is also very good.  more »
  • What a place and free !!! A fiver and a trip underground had great day .our guide mick did a great job !! I am from a mining family background this heritage is to be saved ! Well worth a visit.....  more »
  • This was our first visit to the museum...we couldn't have had a better day! The pit tour lead by Steve was amazing, especially as I had been apprehensive about venturing underground! He made every effort to make me feel comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.We spent the whole day many interesting things to see and experience. It is family friendly but suitable for all age groups.Thank you to the ex miners who made our day so memorable and enjoyable.
  • We live quite local to the Mining Museum so can walk there quite easily. Its a great place to take the grand kids for an interesting afternoon out. Good play facilities and plenty to see on the history and working side of coal mining. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, two Nelson's columns + deep in the Yorkshire countryside. Martin, our guide, was a retired miner with a wealth of knowledge and an even richer vein of humour. Thank you.

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