Explore Caphouse, a modern colliery which witnessed more than two hundred years of coal production.
Every tour ‘darn pit’ is led by an ex-miner with loads of experience under his somewhat heavy tool belt. He’ll unhand you of your ‘contraband’ and take you 140m underground through 180 years of mining, explaining why he has every right to tell you to ‘shut tha’ trap’. When you are ‘done and dusted’ you will be free to explore life above ground.
It is mandatory for all individuals going underground to wear a mask (or simlar face covering but not visors) for the duration of the tour (including children and those normally medically exempt) - this is to protect you and our Mine Guides. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
In the galleries you will see the evolution of mining tools and machinery over centuries. Learn about Sir Humphry Davy’s lamp and how over 200 years later his principles are still used.
In Mining Lives you can find out about the people and communities at the heart of the industry
Experience the sights and sounds of Gala Day! in our brand new exhibition in the Special Exhibition Space, Pit Head Baths, Power House and Blacksmiths. Enjoy Brass bands, union banners, family, friends, the fun of the fair… and the worse for wear.
Tuck into a great selection of freshly made hot and cold food in our café or snap open your own picnic in one of our indoor or outdoor picnic areas. Then make sure your visit remains unforgetable with a great selection of affordable mementoes in the shop.
Explore acres of woodland, spotting plants and wildlife and find out how the excess water from the mine is cleaned and pumped back into a local river.
Step inside our brand new Pony Discovery Centre to meet our three ponies and horse. Chat to the experienced horsekeepers and try our interactive activities to discover how the stories of horses and ponies have been entwined with coal mining for many centuries.
Let off some steam in our Adventure Playground.
Investigate the mechanical workings of the pit through interactive models, touch screen displays, and the giant machinery used to keep everything moving. Strike up a conversation with our blacksmiths as they restore metalwork and create art you can buy. Relax and reflect in the Miners’ Memorial Garden.
Please wear face masks or coverings in all the indoor parts of the museum, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff. Masks are mandatory for everyone underground.