National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Date of travel

October, 2018

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Family including children under 16

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The National Coal Mining Museum makes a point of welcoming visitors with mobility problems and has wheelchairs available.

There is designated blue badge parking near the entrance and also by the Hope Pit site.

All the buildings are accessible for wheelchairs, although there may be a ramp to some. doorways are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Manual wheelchairs can be accommodated on the underground tour (limited to two per tour). There is plenty of space to move underground although wheelchairs and the less mobile won’t be able to crawl along one of the very low tunnels – instead they walk round it… Visitors with wheelchairs are asked to contact the museum before booking an underground trip.

The nature trail doesn’t have any steps although can be quite steep in places and this might be difficult for wheelchairs in damp conditions.

At weekends a train runs between the main site and the smaller colliery, saving the walk between the two. This also takes wheelchairs.

There are plenty of disabled toilets around the site.

When I visited I was having problems walking and was using two sticks. I managed to get around the site and into all buildings without any problems. Apart from the crawl along the very low passage, I managed the mine tour easily and wasn’t holding the group up.

Full details about disabled access can be downloaded “here.”:


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