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“Great slice of local history in scenic setting”

Apedale Heritage Centre
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed January 22, 2012

This place isn't greatly advertised and I only came across it through Tripadvisor. The center is run by very enthusiastic volunteers. We were warned that the actual museum was cold and it certainly was, but there was lots to see. One of the volunteers asked if we wanted to be guided around and we accepted. He was interesting and also we had a laugh with him.

The actual mine was also cold,so wrap up warm! We were taken around by an ex-miner who, as his colleague said, could talk for Britain. The tour was meant to be 45 minutes, but I think it was more like 90!

All the volunteers were friendly and talktative and obviously love being there. They're hoping to start actual mining again to supply local steam trains. Good luck to them.

Thank bud32
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Reviewed September 22, 2010

We were taken underground into a coal mine by a real (former) miner. He filled in the silence with tales of his own experiences.

An interesting experiment was when we all turned our head-lamps off to see real darkness. It was very dark.

Since it was the weekend of the Inauguration of the Apedale Valley Light Railway (steam, narrow gauge) we got £1 off our admission.

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