museums and attractions

Mines

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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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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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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Killhope

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

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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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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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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 ‘Black Gold 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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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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King Edward Mine Museum

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

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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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Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB.
Tel: 01766 830 306.

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Tour an actual slate mine. See workshops where demonstrations of slate splitting, locomotive ‘Eclipse‘, slate wagons and winding gear. Underground…

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Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Deepdale, Mill Lane, Skinningrove, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, TS13 4AP.
Tel: 01287 642 877.

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Situated in the buildings of Loftus Ironstone Mine. Guided tours around museum and underground. Wheelchairs available.

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