Hopewell Colliery Museum
Speech House Road
Gloucestershire GL16 7EL
Underground coal mining is still being carried on in the beautiful open woodlands of the Forest of Dean in west Gloucestershire.
Hopewell Colliery near Coleford offers visitors the unique experience of an underground tour of the old workings plus a fascinating Mining Museum.
Hopewell is a genuine Forest of Dean Freemine and has been worked since 1823. From March to October it operates as a museum, with underground tours available. Tours can be organised at other times by prior arrangement.
If you are planning to visit Hopewell Colliery and its Museum give the site a call to make sure it is open to visitors and someone will be there. Use the telephone number in ‘Contact & Further Information’ below.
There are still reserves of coal here which the owners work when the Museum is closed. The mine is connected underground with another mine to the south, operating as Phoenix Mine.
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Hopewell Colliery probably has one of the longest histories of any coal mine in the Forest of Dean. Since its opening in 1823 the mine has used 3 different addits to reach the coal seam and has re-opened and closed several times. Nevertheless, it has produced many thousands of tons of coal. The Hinton Family ran the mine for most of the 1960s and 1970s.
Hopewell Colliery, and neighbouring Phoenix Colliery, were bought by freeminer Robin Morgan in 1992. The two are seperate mines, but are connected underground. Some of the surface buildings at Hopewell Colliery were converted into the museum and café, and some of the underground workings were opened to the public in 1997.
Present Day Operations - Mining
Current mining operations focus on the Yorkley Seam, with average heights of 2½ feet (0.76 metres). An electric cutter is used to undercut the coal, which is then brought down using pneumatic picks. Wooden props are used to support the roof and all coal is moved by shovels. Most coal comes to the surface at the Phoenix side of the complex and is wound out of the drift entrance in half ton tubs and sorted in the on-site tipper and mechanisms.
Guided underground tours
Free car park
Free admission to cafeteria
Plan Your Visit
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Open March to October daily 10:00 to 16:00 and school holidays. For dates of School Holidays:
Admission costs: Currently Adults £3, Child £2.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1594 810706
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