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Address: Speech House Road | Cannop Hill, Coleford GL16 7EL, England
Phone Number: 01594 810706
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Real hard work!

So fed up with the modern 'Hard Working families' so often referred to these days.... this tour will give anyone a better insight into HARD work - when life was really tough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 7, 2015
Robert M

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

So fed up with the modern 'Hard Working families' so often referred to these days.... this tour will give anyone a better insight into HARD work - when life was really tough... and this has been smartened up for the tourists!! Great value at £5.... how long would the old miners have needed to work to earn that amount? We... More 

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Lydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I can't understand why this place doesn't get more publicity. Despite living less than four miles away I hadn't visited it until very recently - for some reason it just didn't show up on the radar, but I'm so glad we went. It's a wonderful afternoon out, highly informative and not too expensive either.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

At a University reunion of retired geologists we arranged a trip underground at Hopewell Colliery, a snip at £5 each. Our guide was a working miner who explained the origins of the Free Miners, its history and the problems of modern day recruitment. We were fitted with helmets and lamps and led underground into a tunnel which was made from... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Excellent underground tour with very knowledgeable miners. Genuinely nice guys. Would definitely visit again. Thanks Hopewell Colliery :)

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

For six people of retirement age holidaying in the Forest of Dean, Hopewell Colliery was an unexpected and very enjoyable find. Rich Daniels was all you could ask for in a tour guide: knowledgeable, informative and humorous - and he's a working freeminer himself. The museum is small but worth a good look around, and the visit down the coal... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

If you want the real life experience of going in a coal mine then this is for you. No big tourist overload but just like the real thing. Very informative tour with friendly staff. Not for very young children as scary and need not to frightened of the dark or underground. We loved it.

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Coleford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

A guided trip down a real free mine, led by a guide who is still mining himself and can explain the details of what you see and experience. Our guide was Rich Daniels and he dealt sensitively with those who were a bit scared by being underground, while still making it fun and interesting for the rest of us. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

On holiday in the Forest of Dean we drove past the Hopewell Colliery a few times, being from a South Derbyshire mining family I was interested and researched it on the internet. We arrived unannounced (no telephone signals!), we were welcomed warmly, talked through some pictures and artefacts, fitted with our hard hats/lights and then taken down the mine by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

We were given a fantastic tour yesterday by the lovely Rich. We turned up a little late for the last tour of the day but when he found out we had come from Bristol he took the time to show us around anyway. He was incredibly patient with my two 7 year olds who had 'many' questions, and was a... More 

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

As it says it is as close to free mining as you can get without digging- awesome! With an actual free mining expert guide, you go down into the mine and follow the track bed down for the trucks that carry the coal. This is the real thing - when it says stout footwear required, it means it, you are... More 

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