Museum - Industrial:National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Mining Lives

Mining Lives

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Contact

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Address

Caphouse Colliery,
New Road,
Overton,
WF4 4RH

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 29 Feb - Sun 3 Jan Women in the Miners’ Strike
Sat 4 Apr - Sun 7 Mar Drawn From The Pits

Details

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is now open to pre-booked visitors. Please check the website for details.
Please wear face masks or coverings in all the indoor parts of the museum, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff.


• Explore Caphouse, a modern colliery which witnessed more than two hundred years of coal production.
• Hear stories directly from former-miners about their careers and understand the roles men, women, children, animals and machinery played in the operation of the mine.
• Visit the Technology Gallery and see some of the tools of the trade to discover how miners overcame the challenges of working underground including a new permanent exhibition “A Light in the Darkness” which looks at the contribution that Sir Humphry Davy and others made in the lamp’s evolution.
• In the Victorian Gallery you can understand how difficult mining was in the 19th century and why they realised it wasn’t appropriate to have children working underground.
• See our historic steam-winding engine which pulled miners and coal from 140m underground before taking a trip to the stables to meet our horse and ponies.
• Find out where miners would start and end their days and how they would get paid in the Pithead Baths.
• In Mining Lives you can find out about the people and communities at the heart of the industry. Our new special exhibition “Drawn from the Pits”, exploring how working in the mine influenced the work of a group of eminent mining artists.
• Let off steam in the adventure playground
• Wander through acres of woods, with a stream and cascade fed from expansive reed beds and incredible water treatment ponds.
• Visitors are encouraged to return at a later date to experience the Underground Tours, Soft Play Area, Hope Pit and the Library.
• Pre-booking is essential. Booking fee of £2.10 per party of up to 6 people.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

NEW Illumination Gallery Opening 5 August 2020

Opening details

Open Daily 10am-5pm except 24, 25 & 26 December and 1 January annually

Prices

Pre-booking is essential. Booking fee of £2.10 per party of up to 6 people

Location

Directions

See location of National Coal Mining Museum for England on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 252164  Lat: 53.64376 Long: -1.61925

By Road:
Leave the M1 at jct 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, take the 1st right after the traffic lights (Broadway). The Malt Shovel pub will be on your right. At the end of Broadway turn right onto the A642 to Horbury and Huddersfield.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station
Bus Route: Yorkshire Traction Bus 232 from Wakefield Bus Station. Drops off outside the Reindeer Inn.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Wakefield or Huddersfield station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

NEW Illumination Gallery Opening 5 August 2020

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)

Dining

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance