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“Fabulously insightful day underground.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum
Caphouse Colliery, Overton WF4 4RH, England
01924-848806
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Overton
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Seeking information about the coal fields of England? Visit this special-interest museum that tells the whole story.
Nash buckinghamshire
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“Fabulously insightful day underground.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

It's difficult to 'pen' a review of this amazing day out without repeating what many, many others have already stated. I remember well the miners strike of the 1980s but have never given thought to the work that was done, in some pits, over a 1000 metres down.
Our pit guide was a very knowledgeable chap called Mick Green who truly brought the experience to life, he was funny and factual in equal measure and an undoubted asset to the museum. Well done Mick. At the surface the museum allows you to wander around and soak up the displays at your own time and leisure, and this took so long that we didn't have time to head down to the Hope Pit end of the site. We'll save that for the undoubted next trip.

Unfortunately the only down side to the trip was the state of the toilets and cafe.
The toilets need regular cleaning as visitors are obviously happy to leave them in a disgusting state (why?). Also please, can somebody working in the cafe wipe the tables down on a regular basis? However all readers/visitors can help by returning their trays to the designated place at the far end of the seating area; as their is no admission fee I'd imagine funds are tight so do your bit to help them.
In summary then a fabulous educational day out, and for free! I think charging an admission price is inevitable as their funding stops soon, and I would happily pay for this experience.

Visited April 2013
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“Enjoyable and educational trip for all ages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

A family trip (all adults) visited the NCM Museum today and we had a wonderful time. The Museum displays were fantastic and the underground tour was brilliant and really educational for all ages. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide (Steve). The Cafe is a little pricey and needs someone to wipe the tables clean for new custom. Loved the 'pressy button' exhibits, shame they were not all working. We also loved the Stable area and the beautiful view across the snow topped hills. A fabulous day out! Would return!

Visited March 2013
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

A museum like no other.
We spent over an hour actually down the mine , the kids were both thrilled by the experience and horrified at some of the conditions Victorian children worked in.
The guides both in the mine and at the bath house were very friendly and very knowledgable .
The cost of £2.00 is fully refundable at the end of your visit but the museum are very happy to accept it as a donation to help keep the place going so please don't ask for your money back.
Probably the best £2.00 I have ever spent.

Visited March 2013
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“Cafe and tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We have been to the museum before and had a trip on the light railway. We also had a tour of the mines with a guide. They are very accommodating and if you have a wheelchair ring before hand for a tour. There is free parking and a large cafe. We recently called in during the heavy snow and paid a visit to the shop, museum and cafe. We were looking for somewhere nice for a coffee and enjoyed it so much, we stayed a while. It's worth the trip and the views up there are fantastic. It's good during the warmer months for taking a picnic and travelling on the light railway across the grounds, you can visit a lot of the old outbuildings and enjoy the grassed areas.

there isn't a fee to visit the cafe or the museum, but there 50p/£1 for the railway and I think £2 for the mine tour. other than that you can give a donation

Visited March 2013
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“Great Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Had a great day out at the museum Also the cafe was first class great food and very helpful and friendly staff

Visited March 2013
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