By KLTV Newsdesk –
The National Coal Mining Museum has retained its coveted Travellers Choice Award for the 9th year in a row.
The TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award is given only to the top 10% of attractions worldwide.
The museum is ranked 11th nationally and 2nd in the North of England and is the only Museum/Art Gallery in Wakefield to be rated with an average score of 5 out of 5 by visitors to the museum and maintains similar regard on Google and Facebook Reviews.
Since its opening in 1988, the museum has been a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Activities include a trip 140m underground to England’s last deep coal mine with former miners.
Above ground, the museum has 14 galleries charting the evolution of coal mining and giving a glimpse into miners and their communities and the opportunity to meet the Museum’s three ponies and a horse.
As visitors explore the site they will see how (and why) wholesale mining evolved from a labour-intensive industry involving the whole family -including children, to a highly mechanised and technical industry.
Visitors can also meet the resident blacksmiths who demonstrate the practical modern-day use of coal to create artworks.
The Museum also runs events which this year will include their Seaside @ Pit, Summer Science Spectacular, Heritage Open Days, Light Up and the Santa @ Pit.
Jenny Layfield, Museum Director said “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised in this way.
“The museum is unquestionably one of the best days out in the country and the team works very hard to ensure that every visitor, whoever they are, and whatever they are interested in, has a great day out.
“This is reflected in the outstanding scores we receive on review sites such as TripAdvisor.”
The National Coal Mining Museum is free to visit but you can support the independent charity through donations, and even a pony adoption scheme.