National Coal Mining Museum for England

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
National Coal Mining Museum for England
National Coal Mining Museum for England

National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH – Visit Now

The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain’s oldest working mines, led by guides who are all ex-miners.

The Museum has a very strong educational ethic. Situated in a rural setting, it offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard-working lives of miners through the ages.

Visit the permanent galleries the National Coal Mining Museum to discover more about coal mining through the ages. Explore authentic colliery buildings around their 45-acre site to really immerse yourself in the story of coal mining. There are also plenty of interactive displays for children to get their hands on and a free app called iSPY Explore to help guide the whole family around everything there is to see.

Keep an eye on the Exhibitions Hub for news of their changing programme of thought-provoking exhibitions. There is 1 major exhibition every year, regular photographic exhibitions and 1 guest exhibition every year

Linked to each exhibition’s theme is a varied programme of original events. They are proud to commission original performance and arts events using music, dance, theatre and performance to bring the stories of coal mining to life and keep values of that strong community in the minds of the younger generation in particular.

The Museum has seen recent development to the site with Interactive Science Displays at the Hope Pit site, the opening of the Furnace Shaft and the installation of Bird Hides along their Nature Trail.

The Museum is free entry with free parking for everyone. There is a £3 refundable deposit for the Underground Tour.

They provide a warm Yorkshire welcome to the Museum to everyone who is interested in gaining an insight into an important part of Great Britain’s heritage.

  • Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton
  • Wakefield
  • WF4 4RH
  • View map

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges

FREE Entry & FREE Parking for everyone

Services and Facilities

Caphouse Cafe, Little Diggers Under 5's Indoor Play Area, NEW Adventure Playground Summer 2017, Picnic Areas, Nature Trail, Train (at weekends in the Summer season & during school holidays), Miners' Memorial Garden, Shop, Stableyard


Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible Underground Tours, Accessible Toilets

Commercial and hire services

Conferencing suite available to hire, On-site catering through our partner Asparagus Green