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.
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