The National Coal Mining Museum in Yorkshire’s Wakefield is housed in the Caphouse Colliery which originally opened in the 18th century. It’s a unique museum that will excite and educate your young.
A Mining Tribute
The Colliery makes you acutely aware of the hardships suffered by the miners and the inherent dangers they endured during their everyday lives. It’s a real tribute to the friendly guides who are all ex-miners and they really do inspire their visitors.
Somehow children respond to the social history of mining quicker than adults – they are genuinely fascinated to learn how children like themselves were taken advantage of at every stage of the mining process but excluded from the morale boasting activities such as the parades and galas that were held at that time.
Historic Pit Buildings
Hope Pit, within the same museum is a complex of historic pit buildings brimming with interactive and hands-on exhibitions and displays about the mining communities.
Not to be forgotten
Going down in to the pit is an important and exciting part of the day for you and your family. Hard hats and light packs are compulsory but add to the drama of this attraction. The guides bring to life the way of life for the miners in a way that will be unforgettable for many years to come.
Highlight of the Day
The drip down the pit.
Nearest train station : Wakefiled Westgate
Car parking : Ample and free
Website : www.ncm.org.uk