Coronavirus Information

Our area is now in Tier 4, so we must remain closed, until the restrictions on opening museums and cafes are lifted.

When we do re-open, the measures below are likely to remain in place.

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.

Track and Trace

Official QR codes are available at the door and on each counter for you to sign in via the NHS app. As well as manual sign in sheets, viitor the the museum and café customers who are using a table will be asked to sign in.


Updated 3rd October 2020

The cafe is now open 7 days, with our regular menu. We now have limited internal seating as well as our external seating in a covered area.

Inside: When you order food that needs to be prepared you will be given a ticket and your food will be brought to your table. Please only sit at tables displaying a “table ready” notice.

Outside/Takeaway: Your order will be brought out to a food collection point jut outide the main entrance.

Mine Tours

We are unable to run mine tours at the present time due to Covid-19. We cant say when we will be able to resume a this decision is in the hands of the Mines Inspector.

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.