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Hopewell Colliery

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Hopewell Colliery

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Frank M wrote a review Feb 2020
Bream, United Kingdom10 contributions3 helpful votes
Guided tour through genuine Freeminer working mine, real underground experience, safety kit supplied.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Deborah W wrote a review Oct 2019
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Went yesterday to be greeted by a large visitor sign that says season ends in Sept (does not match the website info). Very disappointing but the cafe was open and was not disappointing.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jem2866 wrote a review Oct 2019
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We did the mine tour a few years ago which was fantastic. The guide was very interesting and knowledgable and really made it fun. We visit the cafe every time we are in the forest. Lovely main meals and amazing cake and coffee! Staff always so friendly and helpful. Last visited a few weeks ago for breakfast and it was one of the best breakfasts i’ve had in a long time. Definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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jacquelines186338 wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom13 contributions4 helpful votes
we had a 9 and 5 year old so this was just right. interesting but not too long. the guide was just right informative without being boring.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Darren1066 wrote a review Oct 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom1,237 contributions168 helpful votes
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Three of us went on the tour of the coal mine and we loved it. First of all you are kitted out with a hard hat and battery pack at the back of the cafe but in a separate room. You are given a brief health and safety talk at the entrance then you decend into the mine. The slope down the mine has been concreted but it is still slippery in places and steep but there is a handrail to grab. On the way down you do stop and our guide Rich explained the use of timbers,props, wedges and that hand cut timber is the best to use. At the bottom of the mine Rich explained how they still mine the coal and other minerals this was fascinating and thought provoking. Also explained was the term Free Miners and how they became so called. Rich is still a free miner and went into it to keep the tradition going. He welcomes any questions and his tales about mining and the hazzards are really good and brings the mine to life. At one point you turn off your headlamps and are in total darkness which I found quite tranquil. The temperature of the mine is quite constant year round. If your in the area or not this is a must do attraction and at £7.50 each its well worth it. On site is also a busy little cafe the food looked amazing with large portions. We will return.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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