Snibston Discovery Museum

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Location: Coalville
Open: APR to OCT daily 10-17.
NOV to MAR Mon-Fri 10-15, Sat, Sun, Hol 10-17.
Fee: Adults GBP 6.95, Children (3-15) GBP 4.75, Children (0-2) free, Family (2+2) GBP 21, Senior (60+) GBP 4.95, Disabled GBP 4.95, Students GBP 4.95.
Groups: Adults GBP 5.95, Children GBP 4.25, Senior (60+) GBP 4.95, Disabled GBP 4.95.
Colliery Tours: Adults GBP 1.95, Children (3-15) GBP 1.20.
Train Rides: Adults GBP 1.50, Children (3-15) GBP 0.95, Family (2+2) GBP 3.50.
Classification: MineCoal Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Address: Snibston Discovery Museum, Snibston, Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3LN, Tel: +44-1530-278444, Fax: +44-1530-813301. E-mail: contact
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1500s earlies evidence for coal mining in Leicestershire is a woollen coat.
1828 Swannington to Leicester railway buildt to transport coal to the city.
1831 Snibston estate purchased by George Stephenson.
1832 Snibston Colliery opened.
1915 Stephenson Shaft sunk.
1947 coal industry was nationalized.
1961-1963 drift mine sunk.
1983 mine closed.
1985 site bought by Leicestershire County Council.
1992 museum opened to the public.
19-FEB-2011 artificial mine tunnel opened.



Snibston Discovery Museum is a modern interactive museum located on the premises of the former Snibston coal mine in Coalville. The museum includes various exhibitions, and mining-themed children's playground and mine tours. However, the underground mine is closed and not accessible. The tour shows buildings and machinery on the surface. In 2011 an artificial mine tunnel was opened, created by former miners, showing the coal-face and a pit pony stable.

The mining in the area started about 500 years ago, archaeolgical evidence in form of a woollen coat is on display in the museum. Surface mining was replaced by underground mining in the 18th century. The growth of the coal mining was restricted by the possibility to transport the coal to the customers. In 1828 a local mine engineer, William Stenson, invited George Stephenson to build a railroad. Swannington to Leicester railway soon connected the mines and the city.

Stephenson saw the potential and purchased the Snibston estate in 1831. He opened the Snibston Colliery in 1832 which soon flourished. After a long time with a single shaft, the second shaft named Stephenson Shaft was sunk in 1905. And finally a in the 60s a drift mine was dug, a ramp leading to the coal seem, which allowed the transport of bigger amounts of coal. The mine was closed in 1983, with the closure of Leicester South and Whitwick in 1986 coal mining in Leicestershire ended.

The town Coalville was built to house the miners of Snibson mine, during the 19th century the most famous mine in Leicestershire. It is actually a pure miners town wich developed adjacent to the colliery.