Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum

Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum
Near Radstock, Somerset

Average visit time – 1-2 hours

Things to do at Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum review

Near Radstock in Somerset, you will find Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum. It is a local history museum that covers the social and industrial history of the former coalfield. It is situated in a country barn in the village of Haydon.

Their permanent displays tell you of the life of a Somerset miner and his family. They show how the communities of the coalfield were integrated. The displays are across two floors in a listed building which was once the Radstock Market Hall.

The ground floor has displays showing the local trades and industries which supported the community. The Somerset coalfield had 75 coal mines across 240 square miles. There is a reconstructed coal mine and through candlelit darkness, you will be able to see for yourself how dangerous and difficult it was for the men and the boys that worked in the mines. You can hear the sounds of their picks and shovels.

There is a miner’s cottage where you can see how the miner’s wife managed daily life. You can go into her laundry room and outside privy. Local trades and industries shown in exhibitions include breweries, boots and shoe mending, brass and iron foundry, blacksmith’s forge and a Victorian printing office. There is also a Victorian classroom and a model railway.

Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.

FAQ and Further Information Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum

Address: Waterloo Rd, Radstock BA3 3EP Somerset, England. Phone: 01761 437722

Category – Museum – Indoors – Suitable for all ages

Is there food and drink available?

There is no cafe within the museum, however, there are a few places to purchase food and drinks nearby.

What are the main things to do?

Museum detailing the lives of coalminers, with authentic displays including a cottage interior, coal mine shaft, blacksmiths, breweries and more. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor.

What are the ticket prices?

*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap. An adult ticket costs £6, children 6-15 £2. Once you have purchased your ticket you are welcome to return as much as you please over the next 12 months for no additional cost.

Is there parking?

There is a public car park on Waterloo Road. Parking charges apply.

When are they open?

Radstock museum is open from February until November, they open in the afternoons (only on a Saturday do they open from 11 am). For up to date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum
Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum
Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum
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