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Visit National Coal Mining Museum for England

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You had better dress up warm here. For you’ll be going 140 metres underground. And below the earth it is cold, damp and dark. The National Coalmining Museum for England, near Overton in West Yorkshire, is located in one of the oldest collieries in the United Kingdom. Here visitors can don a miner’s helmet and lamp before descending into the underworld to find out what everyday conditions were like for the miners who once worked here. Their guides are themselves former miners. On the surface it still looks as if the colliery might spring into action once more at any moment. The showers in the pithead baths seem to be only waiting for the coal-smeared miners to arrive. Even the steam-driven winding wheels which were in operation till 1970 are still working. In addition the museum has an audio-visual exhibition which takes visitors on a journey through more than two centuries of coal-mining history. The four old pit ponies, now enjoying a well-earned retirement, are a special attraction for younger visitors. And if all this is not enough you can climb aboard the pit railway and travel to the next colliery just around the corner. This also forms a part of the museum complex.