National Coal Mining Museum for England Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield
10am until 5pm
A visit to the National Coal Mining Museum is free - tremendous value!!! With interactive stations for kids to learn through play, nature trails, exhibition displays and a trip down the pit you are guaranteed both a fun and interesting day out with the kids and all the family.
The underground is what this place is all about - you can get hands on and along with the miner-guides find out all about the Caphouse Colliery. Get your hands dirty at the coal face, see how men, women and children contributed to the industry, muck out the pit-ponies and discover their roles as well as the role of the modern machinery. You'll need you hard-hat on and your battery lamp when you'll descend in a cage to the 140m underground mine - the descent you can see through the Lamp Room's glass-topped Furnace Shaft!
Hope Pit is a fully restored colliery complex now completely dedicated to science - here you'll find interactive models, touch screen displays and virtual guides for you all to explore and while away hours. Leading out of Hope Pit you'll see how impurities are filtered from the mine water via the settling ponds - which lead nicely to the nature trail where you can go wild-life spotting - Motty the Mole's guide (£3) has been compiled by the museum - makes the trail come alive.
There are two play areas - the indoor "Little Diggers" can be found in the Mining Lives Gallery and is suitable for under fives - you'll find puzzles, a garden shed and other lovely things to keep them distracted. The outdoor play area is suitable for older children and has swings, climbing frame etc. to let off some steam.
During school holidays the museum holds various arts and crafts activities aimed at all ages between 1 - 4 pm week days. Living history performances are performed in various areas also whilst the large object store is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for you to meet the curators and find out what such things are used for.
The Café serves good food for grownups and children alike. Should you need help with baby food or bottles staff are more than happy to help. Breast-feeding is welcome in all areas of the Museum. Baby changing facilities are available nearby.
Free admission to the Museum. If you are going on an underground tour, you will be asked to purchase a ‘check’ for the refundable cost of £2.
Gift shop, cafe, picnic area, ‘Little Diggers’ under 5's play area, baby changing facilities, breastfeeding welcome, outdoor playground.
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