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The museum has 30 reviews on Trip Advisor with a 4.5 Star rating ( October 2018 )
Very good 30%
We had been planning to come to this museum for a long time. We went to the steam weekend. Parking was a bit chaotic as someone had come out the wrong way, and we parked in a very overgrown field.
Loads of different tracton engines, of different types and sizes, all lovely to see, also had various displays of motorbikes and tractors ect, was great to see the big mining engine operating a sight to behold and see, great to go around the miners cottage, and see some of the old mining museum locomotives running, hopefully not to long until they can take passengers.
Has a great tea rooms. A good day out.
A fascinating museum, even if your auntie’s uncle didn’t work in coal mining. It seems to change it’s own landscape each time I call in. The people who are behind this major project certainly have vision, and the staff are ever so friendly and helpful.
The winding engine is, a major feat of Victorian engineering at it’s very best, and to see and hear it running is wonderful, a testament to all who have re built this ‘ beast’ to near perfection after over 20 yrs of repair. A great place to visit, and not just on a rainy day.
I came by with my 2 year old. Extremely friendly environment, a lovely gent told us first account experiences of his days working in the mine, he even showed us a video of the enormous engine running. My little one was scared of the old style house as it was dark but the lady came outside in the light to talk to us, the house looked amazing as did she, dressed traditionally, explaining her husband was working down the pit! The coal pit pony that was in spinning gate shopping centre is there too, I always wondered what happened to it. Can’t wait to visit again when the little train ride is ready! Loads of history just on the other side of the lancs!
Fantastic view of our coal mining heritage. with Europe’s biggest winding engine (which was running during our visit, check times) This place (free to visit) needs your support and serious funding. Throw some money in the box in the winding room and buy a souvenir or two. Young grandson loved it, especially the crawl through the ‘mine’
A visit here is free but with donations. If you like engineering this place is really good. Railway lococs from the mining industry all over the place and a magnigicent steam engine in the building in brilliant condition Steams very occasionally – Is a must see. A great embryonic museum and in years to come will be superb. A narrow gauge railway in process of being built. Really good place and such friendly guys working there.
Astley Green is the last remaining pit head in the entirety of Lancashire and an amazing survival. the pit head doesn’t run and is disconnected and the pit itself has been filled in but amazingly its beautiful steam engine has survived and been beautifully restored by the friendly staff of the museum, whom have it running from time to time. There’s also a interesting and fun couple of rooms of the old workshops that’s been transformed into a informative museum and a good visual displays on how the pit was and others in the area too worked. As with this there is the recent addition of a small railway under construction on the sight which would be a exiting addition in the near future that I eagerly look forward to seeing. Also recently in the last few years some small examples of steam machinery has been added in the yard that as with the large engine house from time to time is up and running and certainly worth a ask. its a working progress on a whole as a site yet a completely free museum to visit, reliant on its visitors and well deserved donations, overall certainly worth a potter around if you have a spare hour or two in the day. do check online on its open days for its not open every day of the week btw as a last note as completely ran by a brilliant team of volunteer’s.
There are woefully few actual mining museums left in the UK. With little resources the Red Rose Steam Society are doing a very good job in building up this museum which is located close to the historic Bridgewater Canal.
Much of the place and the many steam engines and mining vehicles are still under restoration but they have done a good job especially with with the small museum.
The mining pit head gear is amazing to see up close.
Check with them first to see what the amazing engine is running for the highlight of the experience.
Over twenty years ago, a friend and I travelled by canal from Stoke to Leeds. While cruising along the Bridgewater canal we came across Astley Green colliery in the care of the Red Rose Steam Society. The enthusiastic volunteers showed us around the engine house. The massive winding engine was in a sorry state, and we wondered if the group would ever achieve restoration.
December 2016 saw the family confined to a Premier Inn in Wigan as my wife was hit by a nasty bug on our way down from Scotland. A quick Google confirmed Astley Green was open that afternoon, so I set off with our Grandaughter. My surprise on climbing the steps to the engine house was to find a restored winding engine. Even better, a volunteer told me that, providing they could start the temperamental compressor, they would be able to run the engine for a few minutes under compressed air. After quite a few false starts, the diesel eventually kicked into life. Once sufficient pressure had built, the engine was started. The smell and warmth of steam was obviously missing, but it was still a great sight. Congratulations to the volunteers on a brilliant job! The society struggles on a small budget, and I hope that they can access greater funding. Meanwhile, do try and make a visit and give generously in the donation box.
Visited December 2016
I just love seeing this old pit gear. I visited (again) this summer and spoke to some of the volunteers who battle against adversity to keep the place going. A lot of them are ex-miners and it is a labour of love. I dread to think what is going to happen to this piece of history in a few years time when there aren’t any ex miners left who willing or able to get involved.
One day when the place has gone to ruin and the pit gear rusted away, everyone will be full of regret and wishing that they had done something at the time. Apparently it is nigh on impossible to get lottery funding here – but its ok to spend millions sprucing up an opera house or two in London.
The museum is like stepping back in time and worth a look at – whilst you still can!
This is an evocative site and first impressions have the wow factor when you walk into the pit yard faced by the full pit head structure. This is not a sophisticated museum or exhibition by any means and some of the displays appear at first amateurish. However delving into their content you soon become aware of the historical and social ramifications of the coal mining industry. The jewel in the crown of this understated showpiece is the incredible (largest in Europe if not the world) preserved pit gear winding engine. The engineering involved in its creation inspires awe. Hats off to the volunteers who keep Ashley Green Colliery Museum afloat. They deserve serious publicity and all the support they can get.
Visited October 2016
Went here with my 3 year old son who is steam and train mad. The museum is small but there are a lot of old trains and machinery around to look at and it kept him entertained for hours. We were the only visitors at the time and all the volunteers are so friendly and helpful. We will try to visit again when the old engine is running which is huge in the main engine building. Will definitely be back again to visit as we are local. I spoke to one man who said they are trying to restore the old train line which runs alongside the canal so the kids can ride which would be brilliant.
Visited July 2016
Great afternoon wondering about this site, lets you understand the story of coal. Gives you a small insight into what was and how it came about, the good times and the dangers faced by the many men woman and children that went down the pits. The men who run this site now have many things they want to do but need the money to do it. They depend on donations.
For a small unfunded museum, largely kept going by its amazing team of volunteers, this place is well worth a visit. I found it a moving testament to that dying breed, the British coal miner. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the information and displays in the exhibition area. Every aspect of mining was covered – right up until the present day – and there was much to remind the visitor of the dreadful and highly dangerous conditions that miners endured. ‘A Day in the Life of a Miner’ is a fascinating film from 1910, shown on a continuous loop. The colliery and its buildings also date to the Edwardian period. The winding engine is truly ginormous (I think I read that it is 33,000 horsepower). Apparently it used to be powered by 16 very large boilers (which have since been removed). Nevertheless the engine can still be seen in action (powered by later technology), if you call in at the right time. This is a very informal place to visit. Entry is free – and you are able to wander around the buildings and the yard area (which is dotted with various pieces of old machinery and tramway trucks) at your leisure. There are a number of small scale steam (and other) engines which can be seen in action – and also a blacksmith’s forge (the young volunteer who works it can been seen in action on Saturdays and Sundays). The staff/volunteers are very friendly – and I heard that they would like to be able to demonstrate the impressive pithead winding gear/cage in action, if they can raise the money. I put a few pounds in the donation box – and hope more people will do the same for this very worthwhile museum (I also think it deserves more visitors – it really is an undiscovered gem, I feel).