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National Coal Mining Museum for England

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.

As this is a real coal mine warm clothes and sensible flat shoes are recommended. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The age limit for children to go underground is five and above. A 'Mini Miners' indoor play area is waiting to be discovered for those who are not yet old enough to go underground.

We recommend a minimum of three hours for your visit, but you could easily spend the whole day here at the Museum.

During school holiday periods it is advisable to arrive early as the underground tour can be fully booked by midday. Unfortunately we do not accept advanced bookings for visitors with less than 19 people in the party.

For the 4 weekends before Christmas visit Santa underground, for this special event children under 5 can travel underground.

The last underground tour is at 3.15pm.

On the surface there are several permanent interactive galleries telling the story of coal.

In addition to the underground and exhibition areas visit the pithead baths, Victorian steam winder, adventure playground, the nature trail and meet the last ever working pit ponies now enjoying their retirement at the Museum. The Museum also runs its own diesel and electric locomotives.

There are three temporary exhibitions in 2005.

17 January - 10 April,
'Not the End of the Story',
A look at the impact of strikes on mining communities.

25 April - 3 July
Art installation by Neil Hillier
A work inspired by pit closures in 2004.

18 July - 18 December
'Coal Faces: Mining Lives',
Portraits of people involved in mining.

On 17th July 2005 there will be 'Miners' Gala', a huge celebration with banners, rides, activities and entertainment for all the family.

There is a caf and fully licensed bar when you need a rest and a shop to buy a gift at the end of your visit.

Free car and coach parking and disabled access.

Please contact the Museum for more information.
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