National Coal Mining Museum for England West Yorkshire

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National Coal Mining Museum for England Caphouse Colliary New Road Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH

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A unique insight into coal mining and local history with FREE underground tours led by a miner. Visit our historic colliery buildings & interactive galleries or book an inspiring workshop to provide an immersive learning environment.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Historical Heritage | Historic Buildings | Adventure Playgrounds | Science | Music | History | Environmental Studies | English | Museums

What we offer

Fuel learning across the curriculum with a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum and give your pupils a unique experience they will never forget.

We offer FREE underground tours for schools led by a miner. Visit our historic colliery buildings and interactive galleries or book an inspiring workshop to provide an immersive learning environment where pupils can:

investigate their local history
find out about coal mining through time
solve a scientific problem and see science in action
handle objects
be creative and curious
enjoy the great outdoors

The Museum has so much to offer to inspire learning across the curriculum. To find out more about the workshops, trails and resources please download our teacher's guides from the website www.ncm.org.uk/learning

Our learning team will be happy to help you plan your visit; you can get in touch by email: or telephone: 01924 848806

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What makes us a great choice?

We are the National Coal Mining Museum for England so we offer a totally unique insight into coal mining and local history, bringing stories to life for visitors.

Accreditation and Awards

Yes we have the LOtC Quality Badge.

Group Sizes Catered For

We can accommodate up to 200 pupils per day. Group sizes are usually 17 children : 2 adults.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We can provide teacher-led gallery trail sheets tailored for different key stages free of charge. These have been developed with school children in mind by our Learning Team. Classroom resources such as factsheets can also be downloaded from our online Learning pages. Schools locally can borrow our free loans boxes with items from our handling collection.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Cameras cannot be taken underground for safety reasons but everyone is welcome to film and record above ground.

Risk Assessment Details

We can provide a risk assessment information sheet to teachers when they book. We recommend that schools who haven?t visited us before undertake a preliminary visit. We can also provide a site map to help guide you around the site.

Education Officer Information

Education Officer is Jayne Ambrose.

Or contact our Bookings Officer Sharon Davies to check dates and chat about a visit

Pricing Information

The Underground Tour is FREE for schools.
Workshops are £25-£50 per group (17 students : 2 adults)
There are other prices available on request for full immersive / bespoke days.

Clothing Requirements

We recommend visitors wear sensible shoes and wrap up warm as the underground tour can be chilly. Also be aware that clothing may get dirty as it is a real coal mine.

First Aid Information

Yes we have first aid trained members of staff all around the site. We ask for any special educational or medical needs in order to make our staff aware.

Available Facilities

Shop, cafe, designated indoor lunch rooms, outdoor picnic areas, outdoor adventure playground (NEW playground opens over Summer 2017).

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

We offer accessible underground tours. The site is fully wheelchair accessible. We also have disabled toilet facilities. Speak to our Bookings Officer if a member of your group has specific needs and we will always do our best to accommodate your requirements.

Opening Hours & Information

We are open 7 days a week 10-5.
Most schools arrive from 9.30am and leave by 2.30pm.


Out trip has been the best educational trip we have done. The children didn?t have a second to be bored. St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School

An excellent, engaging experience for all children. The guides were excellent with the children and kept them all engaged with their humour and expert knowledge. Lawefield Primary School

NCM is an outstanding resource for visual learning. The permanent collections, exhibitions and site offer endless possibilities for visual investigation and research. Outwood Grange Academy

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We would love to welcome you to the Museum. Please phone us for a chat or tweet us on NCMME_Learning.

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