We spent an hour driving to get there, but it was well worth it. The underground tour is undoubtedly the highlight of the visit, but there is much more. The tour is informative (my great grandfather was a hewer and i had always wondered what they did! Now i know!!), entertaining and fun. This was made more so by our guide, Steve. He was passionate about his subject, knowledgable (as you would expect from an ex-miner) and had a great sense of humour. What was most impressive is that when he spoke, he always had the children who were on the tour, in mind. This was evidenced by the way he spoke, choice of words, etc. He also ensured that the children were up front when he was demonstrating something or pointing something out. Amongst other things, we also saw the stables, pithead baths and the informative museum, of course. Here, you were able to view artefacts from our mining past and hear a 'miner's wife' talk of daily life. The employee was kitted out in period clothes and did a wonderful job replicating the life of a miner's wife. There is also an adventure playground, nature trail (we were unable try this out as it was too muddy, unsurprisingly!), inexpensive cafe and shop. Most amazing of all is that it is FREE to enter. You are able to make a donation, however.
One word of caution, the underground tour is quite lengthy (well over an hour), so go to the toilet beforehand!!
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