Eastern at the National Mining Museum

NCM - National Coal Mining Museum for England

A conducted tour of the museum in two groups, organised by Phil Stainton. Please contact Phil by email.

You can also call Phil on 07725 820 437

Please contact Philip as soon as you can to enable him to organise the tour. The last date for entry is the 29th September 2017. First come first served. Late comers may be left above ground.

 The free tour starts at 11:00, and you should be dressed in warm, practical clothing and wear sensible shoes. You will be required to wear a safety helmet, battery and light for each visitor. Underground temperature is 12 degrees C. Chldren under 5 will not be admitted. For safety's sake, you will be required to purchase a refundable check, for £3, which you can keep or return and get your cash back. This is needed so that you can be checked in and out. Don't want to lose one of you below ground. If you decide to keep your check as a souvenir of your visit, your £3.00 will be used to contribute to the running of the Museum and the upkeep of the underground tour.

We stress that this is a safe visit, and you should come out as clean as when you enter.

Fully licensed catering facilities are available for morning coffee tea, hot and cold lunches, but these will need to be booked up front. There are no charges except for the resonably priced food, the menu for which can be downloaded from their website HERE

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Group Visits

Group Visits, Talks and Tours

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a unique place where the history of mining over several centuries is preserved both below ground and above ground. A visit here can take you 140m underground, back in time to see the oldest buildings and machinery and right to the heart of mining communities and lives of the miners and their families.

Plan your day

There are various options for a group visit to the Museum: you may wish to explore the galleries, displays and buildings independently; some or all of your group might like to go on an underground tour; you could choose one of our themed visits which include a talk or a tour by one of our curators, guides or living history interpreters; or, if you have a special interest (or limited time) – just tell us – and we’ll design a visit specially for you.

Please allow around three hours for your visit. The Underground Tour takes approximately one hour and twenty minutes, although shorter tours can be pre-arranged. Familiarisation visits by group organisers are welcomed - please contact us to make arrangements.

Talks and Tours

You may choose to explore the Museum independently, but we also offer a number of tailored talks, tours and demonstrations for pre-booked groups a great way to delve deeper into an area of special interest, get ‘behind the scenes at the museum’ or enjoy a lively performance by one of our costumed living history interpreters.

Whilst your choice from our programme of talks can be included in your visit to the Museum if you’re within a 30-mile radius of the Museum, one of our speakers can come to talk to your group at a venue off-site. For more details please see our 'Talks and Tours' guide in the downloads section of this page.

Underground Tours

Underground tours are in parties of up to 19 people plus a guide. Our staff will divide your party at the Museum. If your party consists mainly of children there should be at least 2 adults with each group of 17 children. Please note: children under 5 years old are not permitted underground. Underground tour notes are available in English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Urdu.

If you are going on an Underground Tour, you will be asked to purchase a ‘check’ for the refundable cost of £3 per person. This enables us to track who is underground at any given time.