Museum:Meet a Miner Underground Tour at National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Meet a Miner Underground Tour

Meet a Miner Underground Tour


Get kitted out with your hard hat and battery lamp then step into the cage to descend 140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining through the centuries.

Led by one of the lively former miner guides, the ‘Meet a Miner’ tour will take you on a journey through time to discover the different ages of mining, from Victorian times where women and children worked underground alongside men, through to pit ponies and modern machinery.

Hear all about your guide’s working life and experiences in the mines. What’s more, the displays on this underground tour were recently updated as part of the Making Sense of Mining development project – see if you can guess which display is modelled on your guide.

The underground tours are subject to availability, please ask at the Museum’s main reception on the day or phone 01924 848806 for daily tour times.

In line with health and safety regulations, the Museum is required to keep a register of visitors entering and leaving the underground areas of the Museum site. This is being done by using the traditional system of ‘mine checks’.

If you are going on an underground tour, you will be asked to purchase a ‘check’ for the refundable cost of £5.00. This enables the museum to track who is underground at any given time.

If you decide to keep your check as a souvenir of your visit, your £5.00 will be used to contribute to the running of the Museum and the upkeep of the underground tour.

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

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery

Opening details

Open daily: 10.00am-5.00pm
Please note the last underground tour will start approximately one hour before the museum closes.



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


  • 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

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery