United Kingdom

The National Coal Mining Museum for England

The Museum aims to keep coal mining alive

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 coal 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.

The Museum aims to keep coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and is located at Caphouse Colliery, between Wakefield and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

A plan dated 1791 showing workings from 1789 to 1795, includes a shaft on the Caphouse site. It is probably the oldest coal-mine shaft still in everyday use in Britain today.

In 1988 the Yorkshire Mining Museum opened at Caphouse and was granted national status in 1995 – reopening as the National Coal Mining Museum for England. Revenue funding is now provided by the Science Museum Group.

Parking and admission to the Museum and underground tours is free and, in 2015/2016, the Museum enjoyed record numbers of over 138,000 visitors including 58,790 children under 16 and 1,799 overseas visitors.

The Museum mounts a number of temporary exhibitions each year which highlight the collections relating to coal mining and coal mining communities. Recent exhibitions focussed on the flame safety lamp, the language of miners, the Miners’ strike and heroes and heroines of the coalfields.

In addition to the underground tour, visitors can also visit the galleries and exhibits on the surface, meet the Museum ponies and Clydesdale horse, walk on a nature trail, join in free family art and craft activities and meet characters from mining history.


Address: Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, WF4 4RH, UK
Phone: +44 1924 848806