Apedale Heritage Centre

Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 7LB
Loomer Road England ST5 6BN GB
01782 56505001782 565050

Take an authentic underground ‘drift mine tour’ and experience the atmosphere of a real coal mine that was once occupied by hundreds of miners.

Learn about the working life of a miner and about the methods used to mine coal in the past. Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays and last about one hour. The last tour is at 3pm.

Visit the museum in the heritage centre where you can explore the area’s rich industrial and social history. You can also learn about the formation of coal and the last working mine in Staffordshire, and you will get an insight into the lives of the Romans and the Victorians who lived in the area.

The heritage centre also has an impressive collection of mining artefacts, a mine rescue van, mine lamps, photographs and personal belongings of the miners you can discover. There is also a miner’s cottage you can visit that gives a fascinating insight into the everyday life of a miner’s family in the past. The heritage centre also remembers three notorious local disasters including the Minnie Pit Disaster.

Also on site is the Apedale Valley Light Railway if you fancy a ride outside, but remember it only operates during Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Opening Times: The museum is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30pm to 4pm.

Costs: Entry is free, although a contribution in the donation box is welcome.

Photo Credits: © Debbie, Macclesfield

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