National Coal Mining Museum in Yorkshire

Go on a journey 140m underground and explore and learn about the rich and long history of coal mining in England! The museum’s underground tour lets you hear about the harsh realities of working in a coal mine throughout history with an experienced guide. But, above ground, the museum has lots to offer too! They have lots of key exhibits and collections to learn about how mining works and how people lived and worked in the area. You can also have a go at various mining related activities.

What’s a great museum in Yorkshire?

The National Coal Mining Museum is a great educational family day out in West Yorkshire. Learn all about the people and communities involved in 180 years of coal mining history.

Explore the many colliery buildings and see what they have inside! Learn about and meet some pit ponies who helped moved coal. There is also lots to do for the little ones. They have play and learning areas and a nature walk outside which is a great place to see some birds and have a picnic. The museum is a great place for a family day out and we are sure with their friendly staff and great exhibits and experiences that everyone will be happy with a day out at the National Coal Mining Museum.

  • The museum is free but donations would be greatly appreciated
  • Open Wednesday to Sunday
  • Underground Tours are 10:15 am to 2:30 pm leaving every 15 mins
  • Opening times vary on seasons so make plan you trip online

Facts about the Yorkshire Coal Mining Industry

  • There is evidence that coal mining in Yorkshire was happening as early as the Roman period!
  • The last deep coal mine was Kellingley Colliery which closed as late  Friday 18 December 2015 which was one of the last to close in the UK.

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What's on in West Yorkshire

Family LOVE Walk

18 - 25 August, 2022
The session will be led by imaginative artists who will help you to discover your creativity in new ways, creating art and nature filled family memories to treasure. This event is part of the Oak Project - a national programme that creatively grows connection to nature.

Afternoon Tea

12 - 25 August, 2022
Treat yourself to one of our Afternoon Teas Take a look at our menu choices below to decide which option to treat yourself with. Our Traditional Afternoon Tea includes: finger sandwiches, selection of mini cakes, slices and strawberry tart, plain and fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, plus a pot of tea or filter coffee. £12.95 per person Our Vegan Afternoon Tea includes: freshly prepared falafel wraps and vegan sausage rolls, selection of delicious vegan cakes (brownie, orange and apricot slice, banana and berry slice, carrot and pistachio slice), plain and fruit scones with fruit jam, plus a pot of tea or filter coffee. £12.95 per person Our Kids' Afternoon Tea includes: two flower shaped sandwiches, carrot and celery sticks with cream cheese dip, mini treats: chocolate muffin, mini doughnuts, chocolate strawberry and grapes, plus a Capri-Sun. £6.95 per person Choose to upgrade your hot drink to a delicious Latte, Cappucino, Mocha, Hot Chocolate or Speciality Tea for just £0.50 extra. Please note: In line with current local and national social distancing rules you may be required to sit at separate but adjacent tables depending on your party size.


12 - 19 August, 2022
Find the ArtCart near the Learning Cafe at YSP.

Summer of Love Celebration Day

20 - 20 August, 2022
Focusing on community and wellbeing, find free drop-in activities throughout the day.

The Jerseys Live at Ossett Town Hall

20 - 20 August, 2022
Join The Jerseys as we celebrate the timeless music of the 100 million album selling Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Incredible falsettos, beautiful acapellas - the authenticity of the sublime harmonies of the 60s and 70s - with a huge repertoire including 'Sherry', 'Walk Like A Man', 'My Eyes Adored You', 'Grease', Rag Doll', 'Stay', 'Lets Hang On', ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ before finishing off with headline hit 'Oh What A Night'! This is much more than just another tribute show - this is a celebration of fantastic music performed by an array of incredible talent. The Jerseys have performed in various prestigious venues, visiting the length and breadth of the UK. Some notable shows include a performance for Her Majesty The Queen on The Long Walk, Windsor Castle for her 90th Birthday Celebrations, and internationally including The Paris Casino in Las Vegas. Along with their LIVE 4 piece band of internationally renowned musicians, this all-singing all-dancing show features hit after hit, comedy and more – the complete night out which will have you dancing in the aisles of the theatre and leave you ‘beggin’ for more!

Sculpture Adventures for under 5s

25 - 25 August, 2022
Sculpture Adventures is held on the last Thursday of every month (July - October) and each adventure is inspired by a different sculpture. This event is part of the Oak Project- a national programme that creatively grows connection to nature.