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National Coal Mining Museum

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Wakefield
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Caves and Mines

Attraction Information

Go on an adventure 140m underground at the National Coal Mining Museum. It’ll give the family a chance to see a century old tradition usually hidden to the public - for free!

Pop on a hard hat and take a trip through their exhibits which explore how miners lived way back in the Victorian era right on up to modern day. You can follow in their tracks and descend 140 metres on an underground tour led by ex-miners to see exactly how coal was extracted.

There’s plenty more to try over 45 acres with a nature trail, a train ride to Hope Pit and lots of special craft events for kids throughout the year. Plus, all new in 2017: an adventure playground! It’s packed with sliding, climbing, diggers and all sorts of active fun for your little fidgets to blow off steam. There’s even a spot for under 5s to play in peace.

  • Discover the tales of the mining community
  • Take a tour 140m underground
  • A brand new adventure playground
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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th - 26th December & 1st January


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Caphouse Colliery, New Road in Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4RH, England

Phone number

01924 848806



Click here to visit National Coal Mining Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

National Coal Mining Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Yes, National Coal Mining Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, National Coal Mining Museum have stated they are pushchair friendly.

National Coal Mining Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.


Great day out 5 out of 5 stars

Took the kids here for the day and they loved it. Neil the tour guide ex miner was brilliant. You find out about the life of the miners not just about how the mine works. Very friendly staff, plenty of parking, easy to get to and a decent cafe. The outdoor play area keeps the kids entertained for ages too. Well worth a second visit.

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