National Coal Mining Museum for England National Coal Mining Museum for England

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, WF4 4RH, United Kingdom | 01924 848806 | Website

A good - and mostly accessible - trip down t'pit!


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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Wheelchair, Powerchair


Interesting museum on a former coal mine. Good range of exhibits and exhibitions above ground and the chance to go 140m underground for a tour led by a retired miner. Access above ground is better than underground, but this is to be expected. The museum looks to have tried to have made good reasonable adjustment to allow wheelchair users to experience the tour.

Transport & Parking


Car park on site. Bus services run within easy walking distance of the Museum. From Wakefield or Huddersfield, the Yorkshire Tiger bus stops at the Reindeer pub with a few minutes walk to the Museum. The nearest mainline railway station is Wakefield Westgate. It takes about 20 minutes for a taxi ride from the train station.



Above ground museum is fully accessible with ramps and level access. There is an underground tour for wheelchair users. You will have to be able to transfer into one of the museum's wheelchairs and will need a companion to push you around underground. The lift underground is an old mining lift with a slight lip to get in. Underground the route is acceptable but there are a few bumps and rails along the way so be careful.



Accessible toilets are available in the museum and the cafe area. They were clean and tidy and nice and large.



Mixed bag. The receptionist was a bit brusque but the museum staff, including the retired miners who led the underground tour, were helpful and charming

Anything else you wish to tell us?

I would recommend it - there is enough to see above ground. The underground tour is just about accessible.


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