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Great Laxey Wheel & Mines 2020

off Mines Road, Laxey, Isle of Man, IM4 7NL.

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  • Part disabled access

The Great Laxey Wheel or 'Lady Isabella' (as she is also known) is the largest working waterwheel in the world. She was built in 1854 to pump water from…

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Geevor Tin Mine Museum 2020

Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7EW.
Tel: 01736 788 662.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

More than a mine, more than a museum, it is one of the largest mining history sites in the UK.

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Frosterley Marble 2020

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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Dylife Lead Mines 2020

off B4518, Machynlleth, Dylife, Powys, .

A large complex with a spectacular waterwheel installed called Rhod Goch or Red Wheel, it had a diameter of 63ft and a width of 31/2ft it was one of the…

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Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum 2020

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • 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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Levant Mine & Beam Engine 2020

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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 2020

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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 2020

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

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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Coal Mining Museum & Exhibition 2020

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

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  • Part disabled access

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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Blue Hills Tin 2020

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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Black Mountain Quarries 2020

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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Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum 2020

Cross Street, Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8QY.

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  • Full disabled access

The museum boasts well stocked displays and memorabilia from the local mine and surrounding area. This was so the history of mining not just in Bilsthorpe…

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Bestwood Winding Engine House 2020

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

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  • Part disabled access

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 2020

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

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

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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Aber Valley Heritage Museum 2020

Gwern Avenue, Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Cardiff, CF83 4HA.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Although the museum is largely devoted to commemorating the largest mining disaster in British history, it also documents the wider history of the Valley,…

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Allenheads Heritage Centre 2020

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

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  • Part disabled access

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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Allihies Copper Mine Museum 2020

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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King Edward Mine Museum 2020

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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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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Cefn Coed Colliery Museum

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

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  • 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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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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December 2019

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The Passion of a Lifetime.

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