Artisan:Blacksmith's Forge at Hope Pit at National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Artisan, free entry


Blacksmiths at Work

Blacksmiths at Work


Martin Harris and Jayne Nicholson are based in the Blacksmith’s Forge on the museum’s Hope Pit site. Martin and Jayne showcase traditional crafts and produce a range of hand forged items which are sold in The Forge. They will also carry out important conservation work on the Museum’s collection.
Open to the public every Wednesday - Sunday 9am - 4pm.
Demonstrations at 11.30am & 2pm.
Head up to Hope Pit and follow the banner into the Workshop and Forge.
If you're looking for a unique gift, then why not purchase our 'Be a Blacksmith for the Day' course which costs £125 for the day and half day taster sessions cost £70. Participants must be 18 years and over and will learn the key basic techniques that are the foundation to blacksmiths work.
After a demonstration it will be your turn to have a go under supervision. you can expect to take home at least three hand forged items made by yourself.
Contact us today to find out more 07766 876020 / 07596 065510.

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 access

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Free entry

Demonstrations are FREE, 'Be a Blacksmith for the Day' course costs £125 for the day and half day taster sessions cost £70



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
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery