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National Coal Mining Museum

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Address: Caphouse Colliery, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH, England
Phone Number: 01924-848806
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Seeking information about the coal fields of England? Visit this...
Seeking information about the coal fields of England? Visit this special-interest museum that tells the whole story.
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This is a museum with a difference i.e.at one time it was a fully functioning working coal mine. Firstly, there are no parking fees and no entrance fees and only £3 per person for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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234 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a museum with a difference i.e.at one time it was a fully functioning working coal mine. Firstly, there are no parking fees and no entrance fees and only £3 per person for a trip down the Pit (which we thoroughly recommend). Visitors are provided with safety helmets (essential) and a lamp (again, essential). We descended way down in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Well worth the £3 entry fee for a full hour tour. Our tour guide Steve was fantastic: engaging, informative, patient and energetic. He made the tour as good as it was. This is not a tour for those with phobias related to small, dark spaces! Especially if that small dark space takes you hundreds of metres underground! There's also plenty... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The excursion was held by professional miner, who knew exactly the subject he talked about. It was not technical boring talk, it was an interesting speech from historical point of view, using amazingly sharp humorous specific Yorkshire language. He made us to be frightened and sad, merry and happy, it was really team work! Especially I would like to tell... More 

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Leeds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

With parking and access to the main museum area free and trips down the pit only £3 per head, this is a great place to wander round for a few hours, and re-visit later. The staff on the pit tour are all friendly and are happy to keep you entertained while waiting to descend. A must see both wet and... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great attraction. Large free car park, free admission to the attraction, but a small charge per person for the underground guided tour (a lower age restriction applies.) Plenty to see above ground. Only drawback was the distance from the main site (Caphouse) to Hope Pit 10 minute walk or you could take the `train` again small charge applies. Tickets for... More 

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Ossett, West Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Can't review the museum or underground tour here ( even though I have previously done both) Called in to the cafe and was absolutely astounded at the prices they charge. We ordered two coffees and two slices of victoria sponge cake - £10:30 thought at first they were having a laugh! Have had cheaper coffee and cakes in much nicer... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This was a genuinely humbling experience, learning about the dangers and conditions that miners through history put up with day in and day out. Our tour guide, Mike Green, had worked as a mechanic down the Grimethorpe mine for nearly thirty years and was really funny, informative and passionate. He made sure the children on the tour came to the... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Went on a rainy day hoping to amuse the grandchildren, no idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The guide was very informative and funny with it, he kept the kids attention with the stories and facts about working down the pits. Only expected to spend a couple of hours but in fact stayed all afternoon, time just flew... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

My son 10yrs described it as "awesome" ! Says it all really. Brilliant tour guides clearly love what they are doing and are really enthusiastic most of whom are retired pit men still working for free and giving kids and adults alike an excellent history lesson. Great day out any day of the year and keeps you dry if it's... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My wife my 12 year old son and myself all enjoyed this great experience, we arrived early around 10am which looks a must as our tour started at 10.50 , it lasted about 90 mins and when we came out people were waiting around two hours to get a tour, our guide nicknamed Rich tea was a real good guide... More 

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