museums and attractions

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Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Torfaen, NP4 9RL.
Tel: 0300 111 2 333.

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Standing high on the heather-clad moors of Blaenafon, the museum still retains many features of its former life as a coal mine. The tunnels and buildings…

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Levant Mine & Beam Engine

Trewellard, Pendeen, Nr St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7SX.
Tel: 01736 786 156.

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In its dramatic cliff-top setting on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the restored 1840 Levant winding engine steams again! Expert volunteer drivers operate…

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East Pool Mine

Trevithick Road, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3NP.
Tel: 01209 315 027.

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Two Cornish beam engines: a massive 90in. pumping engine at Taylor's shaft, a smaller 1887 winding engine at Michell's shaft. Exhibitions and film of Cornwall‘s…

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Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, SA19 8US.
Tel: 01558 650 809.

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Unique gold mines with evidence of Roman mining from 2,000 years ago. Also Victorian and later mining, up to 1938. Mine machinery, tours including underground.

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Bestwood Winding Engine House

Bestwood Country Park, off Park Road, Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire, NG6 8TQ.
Tel: 0115 927 3674.

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It is the last remaining part of a vanished colliery and a relic of Victorian industrial engineering, with its restored winding house and headgear that…

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Lancashire Mining Museum

Higher Green Lane, Astley Green, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, M29 7JB.
Tel: 01942 895 841.

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The last surviving headgear and winding engine in the Lancashire coalfield. Coal mining and steam power exhibits and narrow gauge railway.

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Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 71 96 46466.

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The centre was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present…

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Allihies Copper Mine Museum

Allihies, Beara, West Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 27 73218.

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The museum is located on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland; discover breath-taking landscape, a lively village and the captivating story of Europe’s…

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Allenheads Heritage Centre

Allenheads Village, Allenheads, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9HN.
Tel: 01434 685 119.

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Visit the permanent exhibition of lead mining and also learn about the distinctive upland farming of the dale. There is also a traditional blacksmith's…

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Aber Valley Heritage Museum

Gwern Avenue, Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Cardiff, CF83 4HA.
Tel: 02920 830 445.

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The Universal Colliery in Senghenydd was the scene of the largest mining disaster in British history, when in 1913, 440 men and boys (including one rescue…

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Snailbeach Lead Mine

Snailbeach, Nr Minsterley, Shropshire, SY5 0NS.
Tel: 07716 116 732.

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It was the biggest lead mine in Shropshire and it is reputed to have yielded the greatest volume of lead per acre of any mine in Europe. Underground mining…

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Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum

Albany Way, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE37 1BJ.
Tel: 0191 ​553 ​2323.

Step back in time and remember the region's coal mining heritage. See the impressive winding engine which once took pit men to the coalface and brought…

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Glengowla Mines

Glengowla , Glengowla East, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 872 529 850.

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Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore via a unique, guided, underground…

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Woodhorn

Northumberland Museum & Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF.
Tel: 01670 624 455.

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Original pit buildings now house interpretive displays showing the development of coal mining and what life was like for the miners and their families.…

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Pleasley Colliery

Pit Lane, Pleasley, Derbyshire, NG19 7PH.
Tel: 01623 818 828.

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Scheduled Ancient Monument being developed into a mining heritage site. Two steam winders, one by Lilleshall Co. Ltd, the other by Markham & Co. Ltd.

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Museum of Welsh Mining – Rhondda Heritage Park

Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Road, Trehafod, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF37 2NP.
Tel: 01443 682 036.

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Mining museum with ‘Underground Experience’. Trefor winding house contains an 1890 horizontal twin cylinder winding engine. Two steam hammers and two…

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Peak District Lead Mining Museum

The Grand Pavilion, South Parade, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NR.
Tel: 01629 583 834.

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  • Part disabled access

Discover the fascinating history of Lead Mining in the Peak District with its unique laws and customs. Experience the hazards of the Derbyshire Lead Miner…

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Nenthead Mines

Nenthead Smelting Mill, Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3PN.
Tel: 07519 836 019.

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Tells the story of this unique and dramatic site – now a scheduled monument – and of what was one of the most important lead mining sites in the North…

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National Mining Museum Scotland

Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4QN.
Tel: 0131 663 7519.

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Historic ‘A‘ Listed colliery with the Grant Ritchie steam winding engine. Tours through former colliery workings. Visitor centre with audio visual…

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National Coal Mining Museum

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF4 4RH.
Tel: 01924 848 806.

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Guided tour 450ft below ground; also various indoor/outdoor displays, wood headstock, 1876 steam winding house. Original Davy steam winder runs daily.

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Museum of Lead Mining

Wanlockhead Village, Next to Leadhills, Dumfriesshire, ML12 6UT.
Tel: 01659 74387.

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Set in the picturesque village of Wanlockhead, which at 1,531 feet above sea level is the highest village in Scotland. Includes a real 18th century lead…

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South Wales Miners’ Museum

Afan Forest Park, Cynonville, Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, SA13 3HG.
Tel: 01639 851 833.

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  • Part disabled access

The museum portrays the working life of a miner and the hardship that both adults and children had to endure. The Museum is made up of both indoor and…

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Sygun Copper Mine

Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgellert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NE.
Tel: 01766 890 595.

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A unique reminder of 19th century methods of ore extraction and processing, situated in the glorious Gwynant Valley, the heart of the stunning Snowdonia…

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Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum

Threlkeld Quarry, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4TT.
Tel: 01768 779 747.

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Museum of Lakeland Mining & Quarrying. Underground guided tour. Largest collection of vintage excavators in Europe. 2ft gauge passenger carrying railway.

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