Plan Your Visit

How do I get to the Museum?

The Museum is on the A642, halfway between Wakefield and Huddersfield, easily accessible from M1 and M62. There is free coach parking available. For local schools (5 miles radius) we can support you with a ‘parent drop-off’ or a ‘minibus run’ facility, where we will provide you with a room and an activity for children arriving in small groups. Please let our Bookings Officer know if you wish to do this.

How much does it cost to bring a group?

Entry to our galleries and buildings is free; charges apply for the Underground Tour, Workshops and Science Explorer Trails. 

How do schools spend their time at the Museum?

Most schools spend the day with us, arriving at approximately 10.00am and leaving at approximately 2.30pm. We would recommend that you allow this amount of time to make the most of exploring our inspiring heritage buildings, exhibitions, galleries and Nature Trail. The Underground Tour (1 hour 20 minutes) is definitely a highlight and we also have a range of workshops and on-site resources for your pupils to enjoy. When you have made a booking we will send you an itinerary, which outlines any timed activities.

How long does the underground tour take?

The tour usually lasts 1 hour 20 minutes, including time for collecting hard hats and cap lamps. Tours go underground every 15 minutes. 

Is there a limit on the size of the group I can bring?

The maximum number of people in a school party is 200 (including adults).

How many adults do I need to bring?

If you are going on an underground tour, you will need 2 adults for every 17 pupils.

If you are not going underground, you will need 1 adult for every 10 pupils.

Can you help with risk assessments?

We cannot write risk assessments for you, but please use our Practical Information and Risk Assessment advice document to help you with your paperwork. Our Code of Conduct outlines expectations of group leaders and the behaviour of their students during a visit. 

Can I make a preliminary visit?

We do advise that you make a preliminary visit before bringing your class to allow you to familiarise yourself with our varied site and to complete any risk assessments. The learning team would be happy to meet you with to help you with your planning.

What should pupils wear?

As the Museum is part of an outside industrial site, pupils should wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear. Due to the nature of the site, clothing and footwear can get dirty.

Is there a lunch space available?

A picnic area is available for packed lunches, weather permitting. There is also an indoor shared space where pupils can eat their lunches, which will be allocated to you when you book.

Is there a place for storing bags?

Lockable cupboards are available for coats and bags in the shared lunch area. However, space is limited, so if possible please leave belongings on the coach. Please be aware that the Museum cannot take any responsibility for items left in the cupboards.

Can I bring pupils with special educational needs?

Yes, every effort will be made to include students with special educational or medical needs. Any special requirements of students should be indicated on your booking form. Special attention should be given to appropriate supervision ratios for the underground tour.

All areas of the visitor centre are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, including the library, galleries, shop, cafeteria and toilets. The majority of the site is accessible. Wheelchair users or those with more serious disabilities are welcome to take a shorter underground tour. For safety reasons the number of wheelchair users underground at one time must be limited.

In exceptional circumstances the Museum reserves the right to refuse admission underground. Decisions will be made based on public safety.

Is there a Museum shop?

The Museum shop stocks resources for teachers and items suitable for children. Goody bags for schools groups are available on request, starting at £2.60. Supervised groups of up to ten pupils can visit the shop at any one time.

Is there anything I need to do before I visit?

Before you leave, check the details of the itinerary sent to you by the Bookings Officer. Check you have the names of pupils and exact number of people in your party. Organise your students into groups as necessary.

It will help your day run smoothly if all adult supervisors have a copy of the map, information about the activities and are clear about their responsibilities.

What do I do when I arrive?

Please aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before your first activity.  If you are more than 15 minutes late for your underground tour, you may have to wait for another slot.

On arrival at the Museum, leave all pupils on the coach while you collect your tickets from Reception. Here you can pay for any charges and confirm the final numbers in your party.

Do you have any resources I can use before or after a visit?

We have some fantastic learning resources including loans boxes, factsheets, images and videos. Ask the Bookings Officer for advice or visit our Learning Resources pages on the website.

How do I cancel a visit?

Please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to cancel a visit. If a workshop is cancelled with less than five working days’ notice, the full amount will be payable

Still need help?

If you have any questions about your visit or would like to arrange a preliminary visit, please contact the learning team by email: education@ncm.org.uk or telephone 01924 848806

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