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Mine Tours

minetour5Take a trip back in time on our underground mine tour and experience the unique atmosphere of a real coal mine that was once the workplace for hundreds of miners. Your experienced guide will show you around the workings, explaining the methods used to mine coal past and present, whilst providing an insight into the working life of a miner.

Apedale Coal Mine, one of the very few open to the public, is a footrail, where the coal face is reached by means of an incline, rather than a vertical shaft. It once employed between 100 and 140 men and twice established national records for output per man-shift. This is where the last coal was drawn in North Staffordshire.

Tours are available on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. The tours start hourly from 11am to the last tour at 3pm.

During August 2017 we’ll be running additional mine tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Mine tour cost:
£5 for Children* and Senior Citizens
£7 for Adults.
£20 for a Family (2 Adults and 2 Children)

*Unfortunately, we are unable to offer mine tours to children under 5

Larger group visits can be arranged on weekdays or evenings by pre-arrangement only.  The charge is £85 for up to 20 people (or 40 pupils for educational organisations) and £2.50 per person after that.    Please contact us for more details details.

 

Safety

Your safety and comfort are our prime consideration. Warm clothing and sensible shoes are advised. Due to current mine regulations, you may be asked to leave some items, such as smoking materials, on the surface. Your mine guide will advise you of what needs to be left and we can store it in the lamp room. Please note that for safety reasons children under 5 are not allowed in the mine, but are very welcome in our main centre.

Behind the scenes our team constantly works to make sure the mine is safe and ready for your visit.