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Hopewell Colliery

Address: Prosper Lane, Coleford GL16 7JP, England
Phone Number: 01594 810706
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Ranked #11 of 15 Attractions in Coleford
Type: Museums, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Museums, Sightseeing Tours

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Raglan, United Kingdom
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126 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We turned up on a Saturday afternoon in July but the colliery was shut, which was disappointing as we had been looking forward to our visit. We saw a notice saying that tours are provided for school children so perhaps it's not open to the general public anymore? I would advise phoning before setting out for a visit to avoid... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

We turned up a group of four of us and we happened to be lucky and catch robin just before he went down in the mines to work. We had a personal tour from him which was really great to see what it was like for the old miners. The tour was something you will never forget you get to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

Just visited the colliery and must say that the experience was incredible. Be aware that, unfortunately the colliery is not always open (often only for school and pre arranged tours), however we were lucky to turn up and find Robin Morgan, a miner for over 60 years, to willingly give us a guided tour. The entrance price is worth it... More 

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81 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Really disappointed that the mine was closed. Car Park open but the place was locked up when we walked down. Been here before and it was a great way to spend a few hours. Morgan is a real character and I hope all is well as it would be a shame to see it disappear from the forest.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stopped by late on a May Bank Holiday to find Robin just about to close up for the day. We got chatting & found Robin's enthusiasm for his job past & present informative & in some ways very entertaining. You normally have to prebook tours, but the 4 of us were offered a personal underground experience there & then.... More 

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Forest of Dean
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8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Robin Morgan is an old freeminer and his trip underground to look at a genuine Forest of Dean coal mine was amazing. Especially to really see the conditions which miners worked in all those years ago.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We visited on a whim and was impressed at being led on a tour through an actual working mine. However we weren't dresseed for this, ok maybe our fault for not realising, maybe a little mention of dressing for such a tour would be an idea.

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Hopewell is a working small colliery, owned and operated by one the Forest of Dean's last remaining 'free-miners', who also gives short guided tours of a small part of the extensive workings. He tells you all about how they mine the coal and explains what conditions were like for families working down there years ago - grim and very sobering!... More 

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