Re-Opening Information

We are now opening every day, but with changes to our normal operations in-line with the government guidelines.

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

Face coverings

From 8th August face coverings should be worn in most indoor public spaces. This includes all indoor areas at the Apedale Heritage Centre. We appreciate your cooperation in this.


Updated 7th September 2020

The cafe is now open 7 days, with a limited menu of hot and cold food, along with drinks and snacks. This will include chips, oatcakes and sandwiches.

There will be no internal seating available to eat. When you order food that needs to be prepared you will be given a ticket and asked to wait outside. Your order will be brought out to you. Having studied the latest guidelines we have determined that this is the only practical option for us at this time.

Mine Tours

We wont be running any underground mine tours to begin with as social distancing would be difficult.

New: Surface Tours

We will be running surface tours around the site as an alternative to the underground tours, and they will be free, although you can show your appreciation with a donation. The first day for surface tours will be Sunday 5th July. They’ll run between 11am and 3pm, approximately every 20 minutes, and they will be restricted to a single social group per guide.

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.


Please visit the railway’s website at, https://avlr.org.uk/ for information on their arrangements.


The parking area outside the heritage centre is now open, please note this area is for staff and visitors with a Blue Badge, all other cars should park on one of the other two car parks (on the left and right as you approach the centre).


The museum will be open as usual at weekends, with a one-way system in place in part some areas.

School/Group Visits

We will be unable to host school or group visits for the time being, but do get in touch to provisionally book ahead.