Group Visits

Group Visits, Talks and Tours

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a unique place where the history of mining over several centuries is preserved both below ground and above ground. A visit here can take you 140m underground, back in time to see the oldest buildings and machinery and right to the heart of mining communities and lives of the miners and their families.

Plan your day

There are various options for a group visit to the Museum: you may wish to explore the galleries, displays and buildings independently; some or all of your group might like to go on an underground tour; you could choose one of our themed visits which include a talk or a tour by one of our curators, guides or living history interpreters; or, if you have a special interest (or limited time) – just tell us – and we’ll design a visit specially for you.

Please allow around three hours for your visit. The Underground Tour takes approximately one hour and twenty minutes, although shorter tours can be pre-arranged. Familiarisation visits by group organisers are welcomed - please contact us to make arrangements.

Talks and Tours

You may choose to explore the Museum independently, but we also offer a number of tailored talks, tours and demonstrations for pre-booked groups a great way to delve deeper into an area of special interest, get ‘behind the scenes at the museum’ or enjoy a lively performance by one of our costumed living history interpreters.

Whilst your choice from our programme of  talks can be included in your visit to the Museum  if you’re within a 30-mile radius of the Museum, one of our  speakers can come to  talk to your group at a venue off-site. For more details please see our 'Talks and Tours' guide in the downloads section of this page.

Underground Tours

Underground tours are in parties of up to 19 people plus a guide. Our staff will divide your party at the Museum. If your party consists mainly of children there should be at least 2 adults with each group of 17 children. Please note: children under 5 years old are not permitted underground. Underground tour notes are available in English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Urdu.

If you are going on an Underground Tour, you will be asked to purchase a ‘check’ for the refundable cost of £3 per person. This enables us to track who is underground at any given time - to view more information on our Underground Tours and checks system please click here.

Retail

The well-stocked Museum shop offers a wide range of souvenirs and gifts to suit all budgets and offers all groups bookings receive a 10% discount. (Your group will be issued with discount cards on completion of your booking.)

Get in Touch

To discuss one of our themed talks and tours, or to ensure availability and to book please call our booking officer on 01924 848806 or email bookings@ncm.org.uk.

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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

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