Plan your day around the rain

We've got lots to do whatever the weather so snuggle up in our cafe with a lovely hot chocolate or explore the underground mine and galleries around the site.

Underground Tours

Understand the lives of the men, women, children and animals that worked in the mine. See the evolution of authentic tools and machinery over centuries. You can book your underground tour online up to the day before, at reception on the day or call ahead of your visit for group enquiries – last tour is at 2.30pm in Winter and 3.15pm in Summer. Read more.

Furnace Shaft

Peer down the 140m shaft through the 3m toughened glass cover which is set into the lamproom floor at the entrance to the Underground Tour. Will you peep from the edge - or stride boldly to the middle to experience being suspended above a 140m deep black hole? The choice is yours!

Galleries and Original Colliery Buildings

Find out about the story of coal and how it changed our nation forever. Our newly-refurbished galleries tell the story of the life of a coal miner and what it was like to live in a mining community. Marvel at the original pithead and see our 1876 steam winder. Plus visit the pithead baths to see where the miners cleaned up at the end of a shift! Read more.

Hope Pit

Take a trip to Hope Pit where you can try your hand at lots of interactive displays and find out about the really big mining machines!  Read more.

Under 5's Soft Play 

Little ones will love our new Little Diggers under 5’s soft play area and it’s brilliant allotment themed games.

Eat, Drink & Shop

Pick up a souvenir in the Gift Shop and take a ‘pit stop’ in the Café – you must try one of our fresh homemade cakes, they’re delicious!

If you've brought a picnic please feel free to eat in the Miner's Pantry indoor picnic area.

Living History

Enjoy lively stories and fascinating facts from some colourful characters from mining history! - Available in school holidays only, call ahead of your visit or ask at reception on the day for details. 

Art & Craft Sessions

Join the team at the Learning Curve for some creative fun. Available on specific dates across school holidays only, call ahead of your visit or ask at reception on the day for details.


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