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“AN ABSOLUTE 'MUST' WHEN VISITING EDINBURGH”

National Mining Museum Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The National Mining Museum Scotland, a 5 Star visitor attraction and twice winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions "Best Visitor Experience" Award. We're based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe. Visitors to the museum will marvel at the sheer size of the place, be astounded by the engineering brilliance behind all the machinery and retrace the footsteps of the thousands of miners. What should you expect: Interactive exhibitions provides a great day out for all ages! Free entry to the Cafe serving fresh food daily. Gift shop with bespoke souvenirs. Knowledgeable and personable Guided Tours. Audio tour and self-guided options in English, Deutsch and Français.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Visited 29 March 2018 and expected it to be interesting but it was so much more. Tom Young, an ex-miner, brought the past to life from both a work and social aspect, anecdotes and information in abundance, delivered with just the right degree of humour.

We found the entire visit thoroughly enjoyable, from Reception to Exhibition Galleries to Café, we met friendly staff and immaculate facilities.

Thanks to everyone for making the visit so very enjoyable.

1  Thank Tilly123789
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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Thank you very much for your review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of your visit.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We went late afternoon and decided to take the guided tour (lasts about an hour) before exploring the museum. The tour guide is an ex miner and on the tour we attended it was Tom Young who was both informative and funny. You get a much better understanding of how coal mining through his anecdotes (some funny) through his personal experience. The museum is full of information in the history of coal mining in Scotland and aimed at the right level for all ages.

Thank Amy L
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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to rhe museum.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Allow yourself a good part of the day for this visit, especially if you choose the guided tour - which I would strongly recommend.
We had a guided tour from Sinclair Sutherland, an ex-miner himself, on a relatively quiet day so there were only four of us on the tour. He provided a lot of background information that you would not get from a walk around on your own. He encouraged questions and made the visit a far more informative and enjoyable experience for us. Ask for Sinclair!
We spent over four hours there including a quick lunch, and it was not long enough.
Well worth the visit and do book the tour.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

My partner and I visited 20/3/18. Both of us are from small mining towns (Kelty and Cowdenbeath) whose family members once worked in mines.
The entrance fee was only £9 each which I thought was a great price considering all the things to see and tours on offer.
We opted for the Pithead Tour but would have done more had we arrived earlier. The tour guide was John Kane who was friendly and informative. He brought the exhibit to life by telling about his own experiences in the mines working there from the age of 15. The tour lasted more than an hour and my partner and I really enjoyed it.
Afterwards we went round the rest of the museum which was laid out well and even had some interactive exhibits which I enjoy.
We would go back again to visit the Big Stuff Tour. Would highly recommend.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Have wanted to visit the museum for
some time and it certainly exceeded expectations. We received a warm welcome from the reception team and opted for the guided tour (highly recommended!!) The interpretation galleries are both informative, visually stimulating and immersive in sounds and audio to provide a stark realisation of the harshness of mining lives for young and old. Our tour guide was John Kane (ex miner) who was simply superb with his factual ‘real life’ experiences from the age of 15 through the eventual demise of the industry and closure of the pit. His friendly and charismatic nature made the whole experience totally captivating and we left feeling both informed and thankful for the ‘soft decadence’ of our working lives today!
The stops by the ‘pit head’ and the ‘coal face’ really brought to life what it was like to be a miner. The working winding house was amazing and topped only by our trip down to the Under Croft and seeing the actual carriage that took 60 men at a time the 1650ft to the shaft bottom as truly impactful.

Lovely wee cafe too - excellent homemade soup and cakes all reasonably priced.

All in all an attraction which is very worthy of its 5 Star rating.

Thanks to everyone - especially John for a memorable visit.

2  Thank Kevin R
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Quonya H, Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Thank you for your lovely review. I will be sure to pass on the kind words to your tour guide John.

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