National Coal Mining Museum for England


Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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This industrial museum lies southwest of the city. You can’t really have a coal mining museum just above ground – which is why at the NCM you’ll be taken 140 metres underground by one of the experienced local miners. Deep in the tunnels of the former Caphouse Colliery, you’ll discover the underground workings, where models and machinery depict methods and conditions of mining from the early 1800s to present day. There’s plenty above ground, too, including the Hope Pit, pithead baths, Victorian steam winder, nature trail, new adventure playground and ponies. But you'll need to wear sensible footwear and warm clothing.

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National Coal Mining Museum for England
National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire, WF4 4RH


About the area

Discover West Yorkshire

Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.

The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions. 

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