Days out in Yorkshire: Trip to see Santa at National Coal Mining Museum

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Now, the story goes that Santa lives in the North Pole. Right? Actually, if you’re quick, you might find that he’s underground, in a mine, right here in Yorkshire. Naturally.

Good old Father Christmas has taken up residence in a unique and atmospheric grotto a whopping 140m underground at the enthralling National Coal Mining Museum for England.

Located a touch closer than the North Pole, the Wakefield national museum is a free-to-enjoy delight.

The UK’s leading museum on the subject runs regular tours deep into the earth to give visitors an incredibly real and exciting taste of what it’s like to be inside an actual mine – and it really is something.

And the good folks there have gone all festive and set up Santa his very own grotto, so it’s a really unique family experience that you won’t quickly forget.

If you’re good, you might even get a present.

Other must-sees include a stride out over a glass-topped furnace shaft whose bottom is some 450 feet below.

Aside from the huge range of authentic and original mining machinery, there’s also interactive exhibits and if you fancy wrapping up warm you can adventure out along their outdoor nature trail.

You might even have chance to catch a few of the local celebs – the museum’s famous ponies. Pay a visit to the stables to say hi and find out about how they helped make the coal mine tick.


Price: Free entry and tours, Santa visit £6 children (inc present) £5 adults (see website)

Opening times: Museum daily, Santa visits bookable

Car parking: Free

Attraction website: www.ncm.org.uk

Address: New Road, Overton, Wakefield,

Sat Nav: WF4 4RH

For more great days out see www.yorkshire.com