Places to Go
National Coal Mining Museum for England
New Road Overton
Tel: 01924 848 806
All Weather Adventure
Enjoy a unique adventure with us - whatever the weather!
Why not make a day of it by spending time exploring the Museum with all the family?
Family fun throughout the day includes:
- Nature Trail and playground
- Meet the ponies
- Different themed family art and craft activities
- Underground tours
- 'Little Diggers' under 5s soft playCatch performances from Living History characters Peggy Thorpe, the 1940s miner’s wife and Fred Glover, 1930s pithead baths attendant (on selected days)
- Café, shop and picnic area
- Interactive galleries and original colliery buildings
- Get ‘hands-on’ in the new special exhibition The Hidden Lives of the Coal Traders, where you can try making origami keelboats, play the Newcastle to London board game and have fun weighing coal sacks.
- Free parking
The highlight of a trip to the Museum is the chance to get kitted out with your miner’s helmet and battery lamp then step into the cage to descend 140m – temperatures underground are kept at a constant 10 degrees.
Families are invited to get ‘hands-on’ on our new 'Go Mining!' interactive tour. Experience genuine sights, sounds and smells of a working coal-mine and find out how horses were once kept underground; feed, muck-out and learn how to put a bridle on our display horses in the new underground stable area and more.
Whatever the weather, little ones will love the new ‘Little Diggers’ under 5s, allotment-themed soft play area, whilst the whole family can explore the original colliery buildings including the steam winder and medical centre, then dig deeper into the history of coal-mining in the 1842 and Coal Interface Galleries.
Get to the heart of mining communities, homes and family life in the Mining Lives gallery and, on selected days over the holidays, call into Parkinson’s Yard or the pithead baths where history will literally be brought to life by colourful, costumed characters from mining past.
Back on the surface, take a walk around the ½ mile long Nature Trail. Find out about Motty the Mole and some of his friends that inhabit the Trail.
Animal lovers won’t want to miss a visit to the Stables, to meet the ponies - Eric and Ernie, the Museum’s very special ‘celebrities’ and Finn our Clydesdale horse.