The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines.
Situated in a rural setting, it offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard-working lives of miners through the ages.
Please head to Reception to pick up a ticket. Admission to the site and underground tour is free, but you do need a ticket to be onsite, plus the team can give you a map and let you know if there are any special events taking place.
The age limit for children to go underground is 5 and above. A 'Mini Miners' indoor play area is waiting to be discovered for those who are not yet old enough to go underground.
A minimum of 3 hours is recommended for your visit, but you could easily spend the whole day here at the Museum.
Bookings are available for two tours a day (1.30pm and 3.00pm). These can be booked by telephone (01924 848806) Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm, in advance of the day of the booking. There is a £5.00 booking fee for this service.
In the School Holidays Every school holiday the education team at the National Coal Mining Museum for England runs fun, FREE activities for families. From art and craft activities, such as making pit-pony sock puppets to building balloon powered coal carts, our workshops can be enjoyed by the whole family!
Activities usually have a coal mining theme, focus on a part of the Museum site or relate to the current Special Exhibition.The FREE workshops usually take place on weekday afternoons, and are timed to coincide with the local school holidays. Also, look out for weekend family activities linked to events such as National Science and Engineering Week, Big Draw or National Storytelling Week.
In addition to these fun-filled workshops, during most holidays you will also get the chance to meet some of the Museum's coal-mining characters, such as Mrs. Lockwood, the 1940s miner's wife, or Fred Glover, the Pithead Baths attendant. On certain days, you may also get the chance to see inside Hope Store, the Museum's Hope store where many of the larger machines are kept and meet some of the curators.
Admission Admission to the site and underground tour is FREE, but you do need a ticket to be onsite
As this is a real coal mine, warm clothes and sensible flat shoes are recommended. All children (under fourteen years old) must be accompanied by an adult. Contraband items, including cigarettes, lighters and battery or electronically operated equipment, must be left with an attendant in the lamp room during the underground tour. Please note that the battery pack required on the tour weighs 2kg and must be worn by all participants.
From the North
Leave the M1 at junction 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, take the first 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. Stay on this road for approximately 5 miles through Horbury Bridge and Middlestown. The Museum is then located on your right.
From the South
Leave the M1 at junction 38 (A637) and stay on this road through West Bretton and Flockton. At the Blacksmith's Arms roundabout, take the third exit towards Horbury (A642). The Museum is about 2 miles from here on the left-hand side.
From the East
Leave the M62 at junction 29, joining the M1 southbound to London. Leave the M1 at junction 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, and take the first 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. Stay on this road for approximately 5 miles through Horbury Bridge and Middlestown. The Museum is on the right.
From the West
Leave the M62 at junction 24 and follow the signs for Huddersfield. Once in the centre of Huddersfield, follow the signs for the A629/A642 and pick up the brown signs for the Museum.
There is ample free car and coach parking for Museum visitors. There are parent and baby spaces and plenty of disabled parking spaces.
Bus services run within easy walking distance of the Museum. From Wakefield or Huddersfield, the Yorkshire Traction 232 bus stops at the Reindeer pub with a short walk to the Museum. The 128 service runs from Wakefield to Dewsbury past the Museum. www.arrivabus.co.uk
The nearest mainline railway station is Wakefield Westgate www.thetrainline.co.uk If you require a taxi, Wakefield Cars can be contacted on 0800 0389988 or through www.wakefieldcars.com
The Museum is open daily from 10.00am until 5.00pm (closed 1st January and 24th-26th December annually).