When in the area in the summer season (mid May to mid September), make sure you visit the little mine museum which includes a cozy cafe and gift shop. Here you can also book one of the guided tours to the mine, which will take you through the mine site with its many industrial artifacts and buildings (all above ground as mine shafts are unsafe and cannot be accessed).
The tour is certainly more interesting than it may sound and I would recommend it for anyone, from industrial history buffs to families with kids (as long as they can walk for an hour or more). Learn about the once booming town, mining operation (1911-1955), production of coal and history of the area in general. This is great venue for photographers too with accumulation of scrap, old buildings and rusty machinery all over the place (if you are a photographer and would like to spend more time on site, full day photo tours are sometimes offered by Aurum Lodge). If you have a larger group, you can also arrange private tours like we did for a birthday party outing.
Before or after the tour, make sure you allow time for lunch or a coffee and cake at the miners cafe in the museum.
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