Apedale Heritage Centre

Apedale Heritage Centre, Chesterton: Hours, Address, Apedale Heritage Centre Reviews: 5/5

Apedale Heritage Centre
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Speciality Museums • Mines
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history of the surrounding area when you visit this unique attraction. We are located in the beautiful Apedale Community Country Park, North Staffordshire, in an area that was once an industrial powerhouse. At weekends and Bank Holidays we offer tours of an authentic drift mine. Mine tours run on the hour from 11am until the last tour at 3pm. Tours cost £6 for adults and £4 for children (over 5 only) and senior citizens. Group bookings may also be made for schools and organisations etc. Please enquire via our website or at our Reception Desk. Our museum is also open at weekends and Bank holidays, plus several week days. There you can learn about the industries and history of Apedale and the local area. There will usually be a guide on hand who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. There are several quiz sheets for children of all ages to have fun discovering the artifacts and information in the museum. These are sited on a table in the Roman section and available free of charge. Entry to the museum is free, although we'd appreciate it if you dropped a donation in our red box! The cafe is open every day, so even if you are just passing, you can come in for a cuppa [and a warm!] or to try some North Staffordshire Oatcakes, a speciality of the Potteries. We look forward to seeing you and/or your family and friends soon!
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Andykeithharris
Reading, UK235 contributions
Popped in whilst visiting the Apedale Light Railway and undertook the underground mine tour. This was well organised with a short safety briefing and provision of appropriate safety equipment before entering the mine. The guides (all ex miners) were knowledgeable and explained the mining process in an interesting and informative way. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours and both myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed it. NB. If the temperature inside the mine was about 12C so if you feel the cold a jacket is sensible.

A bonus was that the cafe at the site had a good selection of sandwiches and other food at excellent prices (the breakfast in particular looked particularly good).
Written July 18, 2022
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Oliver W
Stoke-on-Trent, UK1 contribution
Me and my girlfriend had a great experience at Apedale. The free museum is more extensive than I imagined and hold a lot of mining artefacts and information. We used it to fill in time before the mine tour itself, but you could easily spend an hour in the museum alone.

The Mine tour was fantastic for the price. Our lovely guides Aiden and Rob were very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. The tour lasted for just over an hour and I was genuinely surprised how authentic and hands-on an experience it was. The slope down is rather steep and it's quite easy to slip, so I'd recommend some good shoes if you plan to go. The mine is also quite chilly so a jumper or jacket is recommended.

Overall I'd highly recommend Apedale Heritage Centre, especially the mine tour if enclosed spaces don't frighten you. It's a brilliant place to learn the local history of the area.
Written September 11, 2021
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Claire P
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We had a wonderful day out here as part of a group of Geocachers attending the UK Geocaching Mega 2022.

There were quite a lot of us attended, so much so that both car parks near the visitors centre were packed! This overwhelmed the cafe somewhat (but the staff remained cool and composed and just carried on with the job in hand) and tensions did become a little frayed in the early afternoon with respect to the mine tour schedules and organising.

Our mine tour guide was Alan who was amazing and deserves a special mention. He was kind, patient, informative and a genuinely lovely man. As an ex-miner he brought the whole visit to life as he was able to share some of his experiences and stories with us.

The museum attached to the visitors centre was really good too with lots of information, mining and local history, geology and some tragic stories of what happens when it all goes wrong down the mine.

Well worth a visit.
Written August 11, 2022
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Andrew
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Rob and Roger took us on a facinating tour of the mine. Their descriptions and knowledge was only exceeded by their enthusiasm making the "1 hour" tour a real pleasure. This was probably the most genuine and authentic tour we have had due to the way thier personal experience and anetdotes brought the mine to life for us.

We were lucky as it ended up as just the two of us but I suspect they only take a small number at a time. If you arrive and can't get on the next tour the wait till you can, its worth it. The café there is fantastic value and you can always look round, the larger than expected, museum and even go for a walk in the park while you wait. You could make a day it with everything that is there.
Written February 19, 2022
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Sarah B
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom54 contributions
Couples
My husband and I took the Bassey Mine deep mine tour and it was amazing. Our guides (Rob and Ron) kitted us out with hard hats, head torches, knee pads nd gloves before leading us into the mine.

They were so informative and entertaining, explaining how the coal was mined and brought to the surface. For anyone wanting a real glimpse into what the conditions were like for miners this is perfect, being led by knowledgeable men who used to do the job. We had a brilliant time and highly recommend this tour (other, less strenuous tours are available) and the Centre has a lovely café serving a good range of meals and snacks)

There are so fairly narrow parts and a little bit of climbing up and down involved and you WILL get dirty so wear sturdy footwear and clothes that you don't mind getting a bit of muck on!
Written July 3, 2022
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Wonder88
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Friends
It is free to visit the Heritage Centre Museum and it is worth a visit. Goes into the history of Mining. There is also a cafe and you can take little train rides. Check apedale valley light railway to see when the trains are running, I am glad I had checked .You do not need to pre book. Before going I made an enquiry and I had a fast and detailed response.
Written August 22, 2021
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Synnova96
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Family
Thought it would be good to give our 13 year and and two friends a bit of local heritage on our weekend trip. They were keener to visit than I'd feared! Quite a novelty for them.
We rang to book and were the only family on the 3pm tour with Rob and Geof (hope I got that right) One was a mining engineer from Chingford originally and the other a genuine Stokie miner.
We were equipped with hard hats and lamps and walked down into the mine.
Very interesting talk from Rob stopping at various points in the mine and talking about how mining had changed over the last couple of centuries.
The boys paid attention even the one with ADHD so well done Rob. We all really enjoyed it and the boys liked being able to take home a bit of coal at the end of the tour. Didn't get to look round the museum so will have to come back another day.
Highly recommend. Good value and the staff are all volunteers, clearly passionate about passing on the heritage and maintaining the mine for future visitors to learn.
Written October 23, 2021
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Mike
Glossop, UK344 contributions
Friends
Great collection in museum covering not just mining but brick making, canals and lots of other local history. The displays on mining accidents was particularly poignant but fascinating.

Museum is free to enter but worth making a donation to support the team running it who are doing a great job.

Good cafe with covered seating area out the front. Inside seating areas closed due to COVID.

No mine tours currently in operation unfortunately.
Written August 30, 2020
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Caravanjim
Congleton, UK13 contributions
Yeah really great tour today into the mine and also the cafe , museum and area for walking . Thoroughly recommend . We didn’t realise you could actually go into the mine , but the volunteers there fitted us in straight away . The two gentlemen who took us on the tour were fantastic, really knowledgeable and spent ages answering all our questions . Nothing was too much trouble for them. You get a sense you are really in the a working mine and i know more ( deeper tours ) are opening in the future . Thoroughly recommend though and not at all bad for nervous claustrophobic people like myself. You will be fine ! Food in cafe nice too and the museum is really interesting with a recreated house ( rooms) and loads of interesting artefacts like a canary resuscitation box ( bless) . Great tour . Thank you volunteers ! An important part of our heritage . Thanks for helping keep it alive and for the large piece of coal too !
Written February 12, 2022
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Emily M
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I recently visited Apedale Heritage Centre on a school trip, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well as the teachers too! All volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable with the miners being able to provide lots of information about their own experiences in the mine. Pupils were also able to pick some coal for themselves to take home. Thank you very much to Les for arranging the trip for us.
Written May 8, 2022
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