Coronavirus Information

18th July 2021: Updated with Phase 4 information

From 19th July most legal restrictions have been removed and we will be able to resume mine tours

All arrangements are subject to change with circumstances and government advice.

Face coverings

Now we are in Phase 4, face coverings are no longer a legal requirement, however we request that visitors use their judgement and wear face covering when appropriate.

When taking part of a mine tour, face covering will be required, no exceptions. We appreciate your cooperation in this.

Track and Trace

Official QR codes are available at the door and on each counter for anyone who wishes to sign in via the NHS app.


The café is open daily, with our regular menu. Seating is available indoors and outdoors, and has now been restored to the p[re-copvid layout.

Mine Tours

Mine tours will return on Saturday 24th July. Due to the relatively confined spaces and constant air flow we will require face coverings on mine tours.

Please Read

If you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 please do not visit, we’ll be glad to welcome you when you are better.

Observe social distancing

Touch less where you can, for example display cabinets in the museum.

Please try to avoid blocking walkways.


The toilets will be open daily, due to the size of the rooms we will only be allowing one social group in each room at a time. Each door has a Free/Engaged slider which we encourage people to use.


The 2021 running season starts on 17th April. Please visit the railway’s website at, https://avlr.org.uk/ for information on their arrangements.


There are two car park near to the Heritage Centre, just ot the left and the right as you approach us. The parking area outside the heritage centre is for staff and visitors with a Blue Badge. Further parking for the country park is available off Black Bank road for those that enjoy a bit of a walk.


The museum is now open again at our normal times; weekends 10:30am to 4pm. The one way system will remain in place for the time being

School/Group Visits

School visits are now available for pre-booking.