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Apedale Heritage Centre

Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 7LB, England
+44 1782 565050
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good fun

a very relaxed centre where you can enjoy a drink and bite to eat at very reasonable prices either... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
One of the very best things to do in Stoke-on-Trent

This is a proper hidden gem. I've been on the mine tour twice now, and it's so good. If you've been... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jon M
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history of the surrounding area when you visit this unique attraction. We are located in the beautiful Apedale Community Country Park, North Staffordshire, in an area that was once an industrial powerhouse. At weekends and Bank Holidays we offer tours of an authentic drift mine. Mine tours run on the hour from 11am until the last tour at 3pm. Tours cost £6 for adults and £4 for children (over 5 only) and senior citizens. Group bookings may also be made for schools and organisations etc. Please enquire via our website or at our Reception Desk. Our museum is also open at weekends and Bank holidays, plus several week days. There you can learn about the industries and history of Apedale and the local area. There will usually be a guide on hand who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. There are several quiz sheets for children of all ages to have fun discovering the artifacts and information in the museum. These are sited on a table in the Roman section and available free of charge. Entry to the museum is free, although we'd appreciate it if you dropped a donation in our red box! The cafe is open every day, so even if you are just passing, you can come in for a cuppa [and a warm!] or to try some North Staffordshire Oatcakes, a speciality of the Potteries. We look forward to seeing you and/or your family and friends soon!
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Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 7LB, England
+44 1782 565050
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Reviewed 1 week ago

a very relaxed centre where you can enjoy a drink and bite to eat at very reasonable prices either by directly visiting the centre or including it in one of the many lvely walks around the area

Thank stevebailey75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a proper hidden gem. I've been on the mine tour twice now, and it's so good. If you've been on a mine tour somewhere else before and you're thinking, 'been there, done that', don't be put off. This is a proper, working mine....More

Thank Jon M
Apedale, Trustee at Apedale Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ho Jon, Thanks for your great review. In case people are put off by you describing the mine tour as dangerous, I should point out that we take safety very seriously. The mine is ventilated before we let anyone down and inspected by our mining...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The volunteers that run this location do an amazing job and are so passionate about the local history of the area and the mining industry. We visited with elderly parents who lived in the area all their lives and worked 40 years in the coal...More

1  Thank Dave-and-Joy
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Had a really good time, had a memorable run on the train and the staff were brilliant. The silverdale section was so interesting.

Thank Tara T
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Big open space that used to be an open cast mine. They have done a great job in making this a great place to visit. Very large area for walking or cycling but very hilly. Excellent café and parking. Local mining museum, pit tours and...More

Thank jakthelad81
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We visited a while ago, but are planning another visit soon as it was so good. We want to do the mine experience next. The mining museum is fascinating. Many artifacts and extremely knowledgeable and informative staff. I was so priviledged to go when it...More

1  Thank DiddlyDot
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

With the total demise of deep coal mining in the U.K. now complete, this museum offers a fascinating insight to a lost industry and a way of life for many families. Big Pit in Wales and NCMM in Yorkshire also offer excellent underground visits but...More

Thank Courtline
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Love next to the park. Car park available and care. You will need to check opening times of care. Plenty of walks and lots of nature to see and admire. Pond dipping for children and during school holidays activities are arranged.

Thank 129jackie666
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I happened on this place by chance and gives a great insight into the history of Apedale. Well worth a visit while out walking around the area.

Thank PhilStokie
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We went here to make the most of the unexpected warm weather without travelling too far. My other half has always lived in Stoke but had never heard of this gem. It is very easy to find out Chesterton way. There's lots on offer including...More

Thank Heidi B
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Is the centre open in the week during August school holidays?
15 August 2015|
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Response from Apedale | Property representative |
Hi, The café is open every day all year round. During these holidays the museum is usually open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we'd recommend calling ahead. Unfortunately, this year, we don't have the volunteer mine... More