International School Visits

The Lady Victoria Colliery, home of the National Mining Museum Scotland, is one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe. Opened in 1895 it was Scotland’s first super-pit. Pupils 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
Many of the pupils who visit us have never held a piece of coal let alone met a real miner. Good news – we offer both and much more! Take a guided tour with a real ex-miner, hear firsthand stories from down the Pits, learn what life was like as a miner and walk through history as you explore the Pithead and go down the mine!* The tour finishes with a demonstration of the most powerful steam winding engine in Scotland. The tour is in English.


*our underground experience is recreated.

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

Cost (group rates):

£3.50 per young person (5-18 years old – this is applicable to schools only)

£6 per young person (18-26 years old – this is applicable to Colleges/Further Education/ Universities only)

1 free adult for every 10 young people, thereafter £8 per accompanying adult

Free entry for carers or support staff for young people with Additional Support Needs.

For groups of over 50 people an additional tour guide is required. This is an additional £25 per additional tour guide required. If your group numbers fall below 60, we must be informed 5 working days in advance or you will be charged the fee for the additional guide.

Group Sizes:

Our group rates are applicable to groups of 12 or more people.

There is a maximum of 25 people per tour. For groups larger than this the group will be split in to two or more groups with groups having staggered tour.

Audio Guides:

We have 40 audio guides available to use, included in the price of your visit. The audio guides offer a tour of the entire museum in English, French or German.

We require a £50 deposit, to be paid on arrival, and audio guides must be booked in advance.

Visiting Times:

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

Guided tours are available at 10am and 1pm.

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


The Museum is wheelchair accessible with lifts available. There are bathrooms situated throughout the museum.

We can offer a space/room for eating packed lunches and to leave bags/jackets. For groups under 50 this is free of charge. For groups over 60 there is a charge of £15. We kindly request that any groups booking a packed lunch area leave this area in a clean and tidy way.

There is a café at the museum which provides lunches. For large groups we would recommend requesting a menu and costs ahead of your visit. There is a gift shop in the museum also, a max of 10 young people at a time in this area please, due to limited space.

All visits of groups of 12 or more must be booked in advance.

To book:

Email:  [email protected]

Call: 0131 663 7519

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