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Situated in Colliery Caphouse's site, this museum was opened in 1988. This mining museum of Yorkshire was granted national in 1995 and it became National Coal Mining Museum. National Coal Mining Museum in England saves many stories about mining with fun ways and inspiring. People from any ages, background and skill can learn about mining. Moreover, the museum can collect and preserve the heritage.
National Coal Mining Museum Tours
National Coal Mining Museum offers an underground tour to make visitors know what is going on under the museum. The underground tour make visitors experience the miners worked, see their tools and machine that are used to work for many years. Tours will be led by museum's lively guides. All about guide's working and experiences can be heard in this tour. The tour will take around 1 hour 20 minutes to be finished. Do not reject if the staff there ask you to wear a safety helmet, because you are going to the real coal mine, you have to wear the helmet for safety.
The Museum's library provides historical information about mining in England. Not only does it provide historical information, geographic location and mining techniques; it also provides the social, politics and economic aspect of society. Library's collections include mining journals, journals from 19th century and rare books in 17th century. Moreover, De Re Metallica is not the only old book in this library, but the old artifact is also presented in the National Coal Mining Museum in England.
Besides tour, National Coal Mining Museum always hosts exhibitions. The up-coming exhibition is 'Say it Loud', this is a drawing poster exhibition in order to make people more creative to say something. Events in National Coal Mining Museum are various, ranging from: Christmas Party, Mini Miner Mondays, Santa Underground, Donation days, Blacksmith Demos and Family Halloween Experience.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online by contacting the Booking Officer or at the tickets office in National Coal Mining Museum. The museum offers a groups visit to join the underground tours and it should be accompanied by 2 adult followed by 17 pupils. If you do not take the underground tours, you have to bring 1 adult and 10 pupil for your group visit.
How To Get Around?
Getting around National Coal Mining Museum can be accessible by walking. You will walk to visit some spot in this museum. Underground tour can be accessed only by walking.
What Should I Wear?
If you are visiting Leeds on summer, make sure you cool clothes, short, comfortable sneakers since you are going to walk around the park. Sometimes the weather in Leeds can be too hot, hence, do not forget to bring sunscreen in order to avoid the hot weather if you focus on the garden. If you are planning to visit on winter prepare your coat, sweater, scarf, gloves and hat. If you are planning to join underground tour, you should wear a warm clothes, sweater or jacket and sneaker or flat shoes since you are going to visit the real coal mine under the museum.
Best Time to Visit
The weather in Leeds is various. The weather becomes cold almost all year round. If you are planning to visit Tropical World Leeds when it's in warm weather, you can visit on July, August and June. However, if you are looking for winter, you can visit Leeds on April, December and September.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site. You can explore this place by your own since the museum can be accessed by walking.
How To Get There?
Getting into National Coal Mining Museum is easy. Public transports are available to reach this museum. If you are using bus, you can take Yorkshire Tiger 232 from Wakefield or Huddersfield bus station to the Reindeer Pub and take a fun walk for few minutes to reach National Coal Mining Museum. Arrive 128's service can be used from Wakefield to Dewsbury and it is directly pass the Museum. If you are planning to use train, the nearest train station is Wakefield Westgate train station. It takes 20 minutes to reach the train station by taxi. You are able to walk from your hotel or lodging to visit this museum. The route for walking can be seen on National Coal Mining Museum official website.
If you are joining underground tours, you are not allowed to take picture and use battery-operated items. Visitors and miners are not allowed to bring those items for safety and health reasons. Those items can be left in cars or at the lamp room in museum which is guarded by the museum's staffs. Cigarettes and lighters are also banned to bring while joining the underground tours.