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“Cleveland Ironstone mine-Drift down, learn and have fun.”

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 26, 2014

A small museum on the coast in the beautiful North East of England. Expertly run by an enthusiastic group of friendly and knowledgable volunteers. The trio of guides lead you on a trip through a controlled safe area of this once extensive drift mine. They explain the history, tell humourous tales and show the dangers and hardships faced by miners and mine boys. I was impressed at how the guides engaged with the children in our group and had them helping light the way with lamps and torches.One even got to detonate the small explosion at the face of the seam.. They loved being part of the team and it held their interest. The mine can be dark and is not suitable for young kids that may want to be carried or frail or elderly people that may not be so steady walking through the rough dim passages. If you don't like the dark this may not be for you although be reassured it is fun. The museum is currently researching and displaying a World war 1 exhibition that unfortunately we missed as the room was packed with a senior citizens trip and after nearly 2 hours the kids were hungry. The museum is running a free Iron Valley Playscheme during the holidays. Much more interesting and fun than sitting at a computer. Take a picnic along for your visit and pop back to Saltburn for an hour on the beach to complete a perfect trip out. We paid £14.00 for 2 adults and 2 children. Well worth it.

2  Thank Margaret W
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

We found this by accident but what a pleasant surprise. The underground tour was interesting with some exciting theatrical effects. A must for anyone interested in the local industrial history.

1  Thank VM B
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Read some good reviews on here and found a 2 for 1 offer and thought i would try it one day. Was passing on way to whitby and we thought what the hell give it a go. What a great couple of hours we had. There was only two of us on the tour and we was given a great nearly two hour tour of the mine by three very good tour guides. The tour is split in to three parts, each part with a differant tour guide. The staff are very friendly and know there stuff. I would highly recommend this place for a great day out and been a tight wad like me free parking and value for money. Gift shop very small and well priced.

1  Thank PaulM0ff
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

I must to admit in an interest as an ancestor of mine had been killed in a rock fall at the Huntcliffe mine nearby. We had planned to visit the still standing Engine House for the mine located on the cliff top just off the Cleveland Way and had determined that Skinningrove was the best starting point. At that stage, until we drove into the village, we knew nothing of the museum. we parked and looked at the admissions board - £5.50 each - should we or shouldn't we?

We did and am I glad of that? The staff were, without exception, knowledgeable and friendly and really brought the story to life. This is a tremendous experience which would be of interest to all ages. It is a pity that England is turning into a Heritage Museum country but as that is a fact the existence of museums of this calibre is to be welcomed both for itself and for the jobs it brings to the local communities. Go visit it!

1  Thank Alan T
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

My husband and I had a wonderful time at this museum , the staff were brilliant and really made the stories come to life. A fascinating insight to the workings of a mine. Go, and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as we did. Thank you.

1  Thank Jools106652
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