National Mining Museum

Address National Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery Newtongrange, Midlothian EH22 4QN, Scotland, UK
Telephone: 0131 663 7519 Fax: 0131 654 1618

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The Scottish Mining Museum at Newtongrange brings history to life with “magic helmets”, which enable you to experience a virtual-reality tour of life below Ground as a miner. A 1625ft mining shaft and a winding tower are powered by Scotland’s largest steam engine.

Staffed in large part by former miners, the museum mixes coal-mining heritage and artefacts with hands-on exhibits for kids and the chance to see some of the key working parts of the colliery, including the largest steam engine in Scotland, which powered the winding tower above a 1625-foot deep shaft. A great place for kids, visitors are kitted out with “magic helmets” (audio tour headphones built into old miners’ hats), which allow them to take a virtual-reality tour of conditions below ground. To get there, take buses #3A and #29 from Princes Street or North Bridge, or First Edinburgh #X81 from Princes Street and #X95 from St Andrew Square.

Hours and Fee: Feb–Oct 10.00am–5.00pm; Nov–Jan 11am–3pm; £5.95.

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