We had to stay in the area overnight and wanted to find something to do to entertain our children. We read up on reviews of this place and we have to agree with the majority of people that this really is a great place to visit! We were a little apprehensive after reading the negative reviews on here but glad we were not put off and still went. We visited on the bank holiday Monday and expected it to be busy but apart from the queue to get the tickets, once we got in, the place was so big with plenty to do all spread out that it did not feel crowded in any way. We used our Tesco points for the tickets and the excellent guidebook which was easy and we knew that we could not exchange our tickets for an annual pass. Had we lived a little closer, the annual pass would have been wonderful for us because we had to really pack a lot in the 4 hours we spent there. If you want to see everything, you would definitely need more than 4 hours. I think everything was working because it was the bank holiday but if one visited on a week day with fewer volunteers, perhaps a shorter time would be sufficient.
All the volunteers were knowledgeable and keen to tell you their stories. Their passion and belief in bringing the history to live just make the experience memorable. The highlight was definitely the mine tour a, definite must. There was a very long queue for the fish and chips all afternoon but luckily, we brought our packed lunches so we could eat on the go as there was so much to do. There was plenty of space for picnic as well as other eateries on site for those who would like to stop for lunch.
The school lesson was fun to attend and there was also a cinema so one has to be organised to note down the times for these sessions. We all learned so much on the day. The sunshine was certainly the cherry on the cake.
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