museums and attractions

Mines

Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum

Cross Street, Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8QY.

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The museum boasts well stocked displays and memorabilia from the local mine and surrounding area, so the history of mining not just in Bilsthorpe but across…

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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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Bestwood Winding Engine House

Bestwood Country Park, off Park Road, Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire, NG6 8TQ.

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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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Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon, IRELAND.

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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.

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The museum is housed in the Methodist church built in 1845 for the Cornish miners who came to work in Allihies. It tells the story of copper mining at…

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Allenheads Heritage Centre

Allenheads Village, Allenheads, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9HN.

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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.

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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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Pleasley Colliery

Pit Lane, Pleasley, Derbyshire, NG19 7PH.

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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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Coal Mining Museum & Exhibition

Castlecomer Discovery Park, The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, IRELAND.

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Comprises a 45-minute tour through Castlecomer's coal mining past. The exhibition is an interactive multi-media display that takes the visitor on a journey…

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Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Knockmahon, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, IRELAND.

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Located in a restored 19th century church, the Geopark Visitor Centre contains a local mining and environmental heritage exhibition, walking trail guides…

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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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Llywernog Mining Museum

The Silver Mountain Experience, llywernog, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire/Ceredigion, SY23 3AB.

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The museum is full of interesting artefacts and information all about the history of the silver-lead mine, and the mining in Wales.

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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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Copper Kingdom Centre

The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch Port, Anglesey/Sir Fon, LL68 9HE.

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Award winning heritage centre based in Amlwch Port, and houses a number of interactive displays which help describe the history of copper mining in the…

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Cefn Coed Colliery Museum

Neath Road, Creunant, Neath Port Talbot, SA10 8SN.
Tel: 01639 750 556.

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Preserved anthracite coal pit originally opened in 1926. Original steam winding engine built by Worseley Mesnes of Wigan in 1927 and a recreated mining…

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Snailbeach Lead Mine

Snailbeach, Nr Minsterley, Shropshire, SY5 0NS.

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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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Nenthead Mines

Nenthead Smelting Mill, Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3PN.

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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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Tolgus Tin Streaming Mill

Tolgus Mill, New Portreath Road, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 4HN.
Tel: 01209 215 185.

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Illustrates Cornwall’s industrial heritage and is Cornwall’s last working original tin streaming mill. The mill is housed in a complex of small buildings…

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Washington ‘F’ Pit Museum

Albany Way, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE37 1BJ.

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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Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum

Threlkeld Quarry, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4TT.

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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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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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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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South Wales Miners’ Museum

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

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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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Poldark Mine

Trenear, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0ES.
Tel: 01326 573 173.

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18th century tin mine with guided underground tours. Indoor/outdoor museum. Working Cornish beam engine and many other engines from a former era.

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