National Coal Mining Museum
Meet a Miner
Get kitted out with your hard hat and battery lamp then step into the cage to descend 140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining through the centuries.
Led by our lively former-miner guides, our ‘Meet a Miner’ tour will take you on a journey through time to discover the different ages of mining, from Victorian times where women and children worked underground alongside men, through to pit ponies and modern machinery. Hear all about your guide’s working life and experiences in the mines. What’s more, the displays on this underground tour were recently updated as part of our Making Sense of Mining development project – see if you can guess which display is modelled on your guide!
You can book in for an underground tour at Reception on arrival but please note that during school holidays we advise you to arrive early to book your places, as the tours are often all fully booked up by midday.