Museum - Science:Hope Pit and Stores at National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Hope Pit & Stores

Hope Pit & Stores

Hope Pit at National Coal Mining Museum for England


Hope Pit is a fully restored colliery complex on the 17 hectare Museum site, totally dedicated to science.

Discover hands-on interactive models, touch screen displays and some very special virtual guides. Understand the complex science of mining through fun interactive models and touch screen displays.

After your visit to Hope Pit journey down to the settling ponds to discover how water pumped out of the mine is filtered to remove impurities, then wonder around the Nature Trail and see what wildlife you can spot along the way.

The Hope Pit buildings are accessible from 10am until 4pm (winter months) and 10am until 4.30pm (summer months). Hope Store can be accessed as well but is limited to a walk way.

Visitors can view large objects, mining machinery and vehicles from the walk way. During the holiday periods visitors can see objects up close on selected days, normally Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 4pm. Please check with the museum before you visit to avoid disappointment.

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

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Opening details

Hope Pit
Daily: 10.00am-4.00pm (winter)
10.00am-4.30pm (summer)
Hope Store
Tuesdays & Thursdays during school holidays: 1.00pm-4.00pm
The store opens during special event weekends, please check with the National Coal Mining Museum before your visit.


Free entry



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