Welcome to the National Coal Mining Museum for England
The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines. Situated in a rural setting, it offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard-working lives of miners through the ages.
Opening times and prices
The Museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm (closed 1st January and 24th-26th December annually).
Parking and admission to the Museum and Underground Tours is free, tours run regularly from 10am until 3.15pm (start of February half-term to end of October half-term) or until 2.30pm (end of October half-term to start of February half-term).
You can book in for an underground tour at Reception on arrival but please note that during school holidays we advise you to arrive early to book your places, as the tours are often all fully booked up by midday.
The Museum has wheelchairs on site if needed and wheelchairs (non-electric) are able to go down the mine, however it is a slightly shorter tour due to access.
If you require a wheelchair or have a wheelchair user in your party, please notify us of the date and time you'll be visiting to arrange this.
Please note: We regret that under 5s are not able to go underground.
Dig Deep and Donate!
If you take our well-loved underground tour, you will need to leave a £3 deposit for a traditional miner’s brass check. This allows us to track who is underground at any given time. After your tour, you can choose whether to keep your check as a souvenir and donate the £3 deposit, or request a refund.
We would love for you to keep your check and donate. Your donations are vital to keeping the Museum running and making our underground tours as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can also gift aid your donation at no extra cost to yourself, and increase your check donation by 75 pence. Find out more about Gift Aid and how it works here
To view more information on our Underground Tours and checks system click here.
For directions and links to public transport routes click here.
On arrival, simply head to our Reception where you will be issued your tickets. The team here will also give you a map and let you know if there are any special events taking place. The age limit for children to go underground is 5 and above. We recommend a minimum of 3 hours for your visit, but you could easily spend the whole day here at the Museum.
Plan your visit
A visit to the National Coal Mining Museum for England is a unique day out – whatever the weather! A highlight for many visitors, is the chance to go back in time and deep underground to discover the hidden world of mining through the centuries, but there is also so much more to see and do across the Museum, above ground, indoors and out!
Click to discover more:
- Underground Tours and Furnace Shaft
- Interactive displays and activities at Hope Pit and Hope Store
- Meet the Ponies
- Enjoy a stroll around the Nature Trail
- Explore our Galleries and original Colliery Buildings
- Discover our Special Exhibition
- Shop, Cafe and Picnic Area
- 'Little Diggers' under 5s soft play
- On-site train
- What's On
- Current Exhibition
- Learning at the Museum
- Collections and resources
- Contact us
- Makers, Miners, Money
- The European Route of Industrial Heritage