Visitors in the cage wearing masks ready to go underground

Journey 140m underground and discover 180 years of history with one of our charismatic former miners.


Every tour ‘darn pit’ is led by an ex-miner with a ‘reyt’ broad accent and loads of experience under his somewhat heavy tool belt. He’ll unhand you of your ‘contraband’, and talk you through 180 years of mining, explaining why he has every right to tell you to ‘shut tha’ trap’ and when you are ‘done and dusted’ you can carry on exploring life above ground.

  • Get kitted out with your hard hat and battery lamp then step into the ‘cage’ to descend
    140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining through the centuries.
  • Our tours are led by our captivating miner guides. Hear all about your guide’s working life and experiences in the coalmine.
  • Discover the different ages of mining, from Victorian times when women and children worked underground alongside men, find out about the role of pit ponies and how modern machinery changed coal mining.
  • To understand more about the Underground Tours please visit our FAQs page.

The Cage Miner describes underground conditions in victorian times

Miner discusses explosive gassesMiner talks about a piece of equipment underground

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For safety, we have the following measures in place:

  • Underground tours are only suitable for children 5 and over.
  • Party sizes will be limited to 12 visitors per tour. Please note, you may be on a tour with people outside of your household/group.
  • It is mandatory for all individuals going underground to wear a face covering for the duration of the tour (including children and those normally medically exempt) – this is to protect you and our Mine Guides. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Warm clothing and sensible footwear are recommended.
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Miner leads a tour underground

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You can pre-book your Underground Tour during weekends and school holidays but there should be good availability if you arrive on the day. We reserve two pre-bookable timeslots during term-time weekdays, however you should still be able to book on arrival (dependent on demand and capacity) Wednesday-Sunday.

When you go on the Underground Tour you will get a traditional miner’s ‘check’ and be asked for £5 deposit. After your tour you can keep the check and donate the £5 to help us keep the mine running or you can return your check and ask for a refund of your £5. If you are a UK taxpayer, please help us further by Gift Aiding.

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