Pit: Revealing the Invisible at the National Coal Mining Museum

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Wakefield is home to the site of the former Caphouse Colliery, which was closed in 1985. The pit then reopened as the Yorkshire Coal Mining Museum in 1988, later receiving national status in 1995. The National Coal Mining Museum is home to 180 years of coal mining history where there’s plenty to learn and do both above and below ground. Get on your mining gear and venture 140m underground in the industrial mining lift to discover the once active shafts of Caphouse Colliery. Here you will really get a feel for the conditions the miners of old used to work in and gain a sense of respect for the miners that would risk their lives every day just to feed their families. Go on a journey as you see how technology and safety advanced and how the day to day lives of a coal miner developed. Above ground there’s also plenty to be getting on with, learn how miners lived outside of work, explore the woodlands and let off some steam in the adventure playground.

Coal miner wearing overalls, a hard hat and a head torch

This half-term there are a number of activities to get involved with at the National Coal Mining Museum. Look forward to craft activities, shadow puppet shows, live science experiments and the main event of torchlit trails. The National Coal Mining Museum makes for the perfect day out to keep the family entertained this half-term. To top it all off you’ll come home knowing a lot more about coal mining and probably a whole newfound respect for the old coal miners of Yorkshire!

pile of coal

The museum is open from 10am-5pm so there’s plenty of time to get over and see everything on offer. What’s more, the whole day out is completely free so is a perfect choice for those looking for a full day out without having to splash out. The museum recommends you book ahead to guarantee a spot on the underground tour, so get this done online before you visit as this is an experience not to be missed! 

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