The Underground Experience

Due to social distancing measures currently in place at the Museum, we are not currently running Underground Tours. Please contact us at to discuss your requirements and find out what we can do for you.

An Underground Tour is the exciting highlight of any school visit and is a truly unforgettable experience. 

With an ex-coal miner as their personal guide, pupils can ride the cage 140 metres underground to discover first-hand what life was like as a miner. 

  • Cost: £2 booking fee per person
  • Duration1 hour 20 minutes
  • Group size/supervision: 2 adults: 17 students
  • Age restrictions: Children need to be 5 years or older to go underground

There are two underground tours to choose from:

Meet a Miner Tour

Pupils go on a chronological journey through mining history from the 1840s, when whole families including young children worked together underground, right through mechanisation and up to the present day. A great tour to show how mining has changed over time.

Download our Teachers' notes below to find out what you can expect to see on this tour.

Hands on Tour

This underground tour can be tailored to suit your group and may include the following interactive areas:

  • 19th century mining - get your hands dirty and work as a family to dig the coal
  • Underground stables - muck out, harness and feed a model horse
  • Lighting area - find out about lighting through the ages and play some lighting games
  • Geology - see a real coal face and handle rocks and fossils

If you choose the Hands on Tour, specify what your learning focus is when you book and we will do our best to meet your requirements. 

Download our Teachers' notes below to find out what you can expect to see on this tour.

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