The Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday.
Underground Tours run from 10am – 2:30pm, leaving every 15 minutes (every 10 minutes during Summer weekdays).
Some attractions such as the Paddy Train are only open at peak times. The Beach and Snap Tin Café generally only open during the school summer holidays.
Wednesday to Sunday
Find out about the story of coal and how it changed our nation forever. Unearth the stories of life as a coal miner and what it was like to live in a mining community. Every tour ‘darn pit’ is led by an ex-miner with loads of experience, he’ll take you 140m underground through 180 years of mining.
In the galleries you will see the evolution of the mines and their communities. Investigate the mechanical workings of the pit through interactive models and the giant machinery. Strike up a conversation with our blacksmiths then relax and reflect in the Miners’ Memorial Garden.
As you plan your day please bear in mind:
- You do not need to pre-book surface visits.
- Please let Reception know the number of people in your group even if you are just having a surface visit (eg. using the playground or walking the dog)
- If you would like to experience our Underground Tour, you can pre-book on weekends and during school holidays but there is an equal level of availability on arrival, on the day.
- We reserve two pre-bookable timeslots during term-time weekdays (11am & 2pm), however you should still be able to book on arrival (dependent on demand and capacity) Wednesday-Sunday.
- ALL customers (including those who have pre-booked online) attending an Underground Tour need to report to Reception upon arrival to be issued their timed Miner’s check. Without this we cannot admit you underground.
- There will be no more than fifteen people on each tour and this could be a mixed group.
- Group bookings are required for parties of eight or more, please contact Reception to make your booking.
- It is voluntary for individuals going underground to wear a face covering for the duration of the tour.
- Dogs are welcome on a lead in the outdoor grounds of the Museum. Only Assistance/Service dogs are permitted indoors.
- Our Café serves hot and cold food and drinks.
The Museum is on the main road between Wakefield and Huddersfield (WF4 4RH). There is ample car and coach parking including disabled parking spaces and baby spaces.
Bus services run within easy walking distance of the Museum. From Wakefield or Huddersfield, the Yorkshire Tiger 232 bus stops at the Reindeer pub with a few minutes walk to the Museum.
The nearest mainline railway station is Wakefield Westgate. It takes about 20 minutes for a taxi ride from the train station. The 232 buses run from Wakefield Westgate and Huddersfield Train Stations to the nearby Reindeer pub.
Bicycle racks are available by the Café entrance for visitors who would like to cycle to the Museum. Research routes to find us here.
Wakefield has lots to offer, with a world-class arts and culture offer to fantastic food and drink. Extend your visit and find out more via the Experience Wakefield website.
The Museum is located on original colliery sites and many of the original buildings have been retained to illustrate a working environment. In achieving a balance between authenticity and access, not all areas are easily accessed, particularly by wheelchair users. The museum runs regular SEN workshops and guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome at the Museum, with a water bowl near the Café. Visitors with additional needs may wish to call 01924 848806 in advance to discuss specific requirements or book.
Please note that all wheelchair users who book onto the Underground Tour will need to sign an evacuation disclaimer at Reception before participating. You can read and download this in advance here.
We have a Visual Story so you know what to expect before your visit. You can read our Visual Story here.
Wander round the Museum from the comfort of your home hearing from people who worked in the pits and lived in mining communities, glimpse at key objects from our collections and have a go at mining related activities.