Plan your day around the sunshine

Perfect for a sunny the Nature Trail

  • The rural 45 acre site used to be a working colliery and it's now a haven for wildlife.
  • Take a stroll around our fantastic nature trail. Along the way you can find out about the plants, trees and wildlife that make their home here and see what you can spot from the bird's a great way to enjoy the fresh air and our countryside setting.
  • Follow the signs to the Nature Trail or use our handy Map. Take the gravel path to the valley bottom and follow the stream until the path divides. If you carry straight on up the hill you'll arrive back at Caphouse Colliery, take the right fork to see the reed beds that are part of the water-treatment plant and then on to the Hope Pit displays.
  • Kids and grown-ups can go wild with the nature guide, join Motty the mole and unearth the unexpected as he takes you on an adventure around the Nature Trail and the Museum site.
  • Pick up our handy re-usable, ring bound, activity cards from Reception and enjoy a day of interactive games and puzzles. – Suitable for all seasons and for just £3 per family!

Did you know?

  • The orange water in the lagoons is ochre-laden minewater that is constantly pumped out of the coalmine. The water is treated naturally through the reed-beds and once it's purified and crystal clear it is released into local streams.
  • Picnic Area

The Museum has several dedicated picnic areas, perfect for a packed lunch outdoors when the weather is fine! For locations, pick up a map from Reception on the day or ask a member of staff. 

Kids can go wild as they climb, swing and slide on our fantastic playground! 
NEW exciting Adventure Playground with Pithead zipwire.

Stop by our stables to meet the ponies Eric, Ernie and Budd and our gentle giant Clydesdale Horse, Finn, plus  find out about the role that ponies and horses played in coal mining through the centuries.

The Museum's ponies can be visited in the Stable Yard during the day (usually between 10am - 3pm), so do stop by to say hello!
At other times, Eric, Ernie, Budd and Finn, our gentle giant Clydesdale horse, can be found in the fields of the Museum site, stretching their legs! 

Miners’ Memorial Garden

The Miners Memorial Garden is a place for quiet contemplation and reflection where you hear the birds sing and the burble of the water weirs. . At the very heart of the Garden stands a specially commissioned art installation, ‘Lives Lived, Lives Lost’, the concept of artist Stephen Broadbent. Why not take your place in history by donating a handcrafted glass check?

The Building and Galleries

The museum reflects a working colliery and aside from the three main galleries, the exhibits are housed in small buildings scattered across the 45 acre site giving you plenty of opportunity to catch a couple of rays as you walk between.

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