The Lady Victoria Colliery, home of the National Mining Museum Scotland, is one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian coalmine in Europe. Opened in 1895 it was Scotland’s first super-pit. Children and young people will experience history like never before as they walk in the footsteps of thousands of miners at our four-acre, five-star awarded, site.

Guided Tours

The tour is in English and all our guides are ex-miners from Scotland. The tour will take your group through the Lady Victoria Colliery, around the Pithead, into our recreated underground experience and finishes with a live demonstration of Europe’s largest Winding Engine.

The tour will last approximately 1hour 15 minutes. Audio guides are available as an alternative. We recommend having a designated translator in each group.

Explore our Exhibitions

We host two floors of exhibitions which offer an incredible interdisciplinary learning journey for pupils of all ages.

The Story of Coal
Your experience starts with coal’s creation in the Carboniferous period and follows human efforts to extract coal from the earth from the 13th century to modern times. Pupils can interact with displays, meet some famous Scots and see how technology has developed over the centuries.

A Race Apart
Discover exactly what life was like, at home and at work, for the miners and their families in Scotland’s mining communities. The exhibition has emotive tales from the 1842 Royal Commission Report, which banned women and children from working underground, a Victorian home where children can experience laundry day and dress up as a Victorian and ends with the 1984-5 strike which saw the end of deep mining in Scotland.


Booking Information

Please see our International Booking Policy for further information and prices.

International School Policy2020


To Book a Visit:

Please download and complete our Booking Form: new booking form international

Please email your booking form and any enquiries to:


Or call: 0131 663 7519


Visiting Times:

The Museum is open from 10am until 4pm (winter) and 10am to 5pm (summer).

Guided tours are available at 10am and 1.30pm.

However, we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.


How to Get Here:

We are situated in Newtongrange, Midlothian, only 20-30 minutes from Edinburgh with a large, free, car park for coaches.

Please see our “Getting Here” page for full public transport information.

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