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Woodend Mining Museum

Smithson Farm, Woodend Road, Reedley Hallows, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 9DR.

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  • Part disabled access

Woodend Colliery was one of the smaller pits in the Burnley Coalfield, it opened in 1912 and closed completely in 1959 and it was in fact the last vertical…

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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. Impressive winding engine, now operated by an electric motor. The 'F' pit, which was…

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Copper Kingdom Centre

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

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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Lumsdale Mills, Ponds & Waterfall

Upper Lumsdale Valley, Lumsdale, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5LA.

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The valley, on the edge of Matlock, is one of the best water-powered industrial archaeological sites in Great Britain; it is unusual to see so extensive…

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Frosterley Marble

Frosterley Railway Station, Stanhope, Nr Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, DL13 2SL.

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Three walks start from Frosterley Station on the Weardale Railway, which look at some of the old quarrying remains of Frosterley and their effects on the…

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Black Mountain Quarries

A4069, Between Llangadog and Upper Brynamman, Brecon Beacons, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, .

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  • Part disabled access

Starting from either of the car parks on the A4069, follow the marked trail and audio trail around the quarries. There are interpretation panels in the…

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Blue Hills Tin

Trevellas Coombe, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0YW.
Tel: 01872 553 341.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

A family business producing tin on this site for over 40 years. Follow the working machinery to find out how we turn rock in to refined Cornish tin metal.…

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Cefn Coed Colliery Museum

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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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King Edward Mine Museum

Troon, Camborne, Cornwall, TR14 9HW.
Tel: 01209 614 681.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Oldest complete mine site. Museum followed by a guided tour through the mine's tin concentration with working machinery. See ongoing restoration.

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Hopewell Colliery Museum

Cannop Hill, Speech House Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7EL.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Regular underground tours, guided by miners through the workings to see the conditions in which coal miners worked. Practical shoes and warm clothing are…

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Killhope

Nr Cowshill, Upper Weardale, Co. Durham, DL13 1AR.
Tel: 01388 537 505.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The most complete site in Britain restored as an interpretive museum of the lead mining industry. 34ft diameter overshot working waterwheel. Park level…

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Nenthead Mines

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

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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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Woodhorn

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

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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Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum

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

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  • Part disabled access

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

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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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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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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South Wales Miners’ Museum

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • 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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Snailbeach Lead Mine

Snailbeach, Nr Minsterley, Shropshire, SY5 0NS.

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  • Part disabled access

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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Sygun Copper Mine

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

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  • Souvenir Shop

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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Poldark Mine

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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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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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Peak District Lead Mining Museum

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • 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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Llywernog Mining Museum

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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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National Mining Museum Scotland

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

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 For England

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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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