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Apedale Heritage Centre

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Address: Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 7LB, England
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+44 1782 565050

Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history...

Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history of the surrounding area when you visit this unique attraction.

We are located in the beautiful Apedale Community Country Park, North Staffordshire, in an area that was once an industrial powerhouse.

At weekends and Bank Holidays we offer tours of an authentic drift mine. Mine tours run on the hour from 11am until the last tour at 3pm. Tours cost £6 for adults and £4 for children (over 5 only) and senior citizens.

Group bookings may also be made for schools and organisations etc. Please enquire via our website or at our Reception Desk.

Our museum is also open at weekends and Bank holidays, plus several week days. There you can learn about the industries and history of Apedale and the local area. There will usually be a guide on hand who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

There are several quiz sheets for children of all ages to have fun discovering the artifacts and information in the museum. These are sited on a table in the Roman section and available free of charge.

Entry to the museum is free, although we'd appreciate it if you dropped a donation in our red box!

The cafe is open every day, so even if you are just passing, you can come in for a cuppa [and a warm!] or to try some North Staffordshire Oatcakes, a speciality of the Potteries.

We look forward to seeing you and/or your family and friends soon!

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Sunday walk with the dog

Great walks, fab oatcakes in the cafe😃🐾Several different routes to take, can buy a map in the Cafe for 30p .

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Gawsworth, United Kingdom
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Gawsworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great walks, fab oatcakes in the cafe😃🐾Several different routes to take, can buy a map in the Cafe for 30p .

Thank burgess1501
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some friends over so decided to take them to Apedale - and a thoroughly entertaining time was had by all. Not only is there a museum full of interesting artefacts but the chance to go down the mine is one not to be missed; our guidle Malcolm was very knowledgable being an ex-miner and we spent approx an... More 

Thank MightyPotter1
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A hidden jewel which is well worth seeing, if you have any interest in the coal industry which was so vital for many years in Stoke on Trent. Loads to see, pictures, drawings, mine memorabilia and plenty of atmosphere. A good social calendar too. Check the website and wait for a sunny day to enjoy it fully. You need a... More 

Thank Adele W
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

A first class visit in all respects. The Museum was very comprehensive and detailed and contained some very nice memorabilia / history. The guide was very knowledgable and friendly and we really enjoyed it. The mine visit was also very enjoyable, the guides Dave and Nick were again very knowledgable and friendly and passionate about their mine and its History.... More 

Thank lesbeardmore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

First of all, GPS tends to direct travelers to the black bank road site. That works but the heritage centre on Loomer road is better. There is a delightful little museum which can fill about an hour. There is a cafe. Mostly it is the start of some walks. The Newcastle Way and the Two Saints Way walks both cross... More 

Thank Peterfranklin15
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Took my father-in-law as he worked at the mine until it was closed, although small the museum is very interesting and he could show us things that he remembered from working there. He spoke to all the staff there who were brilliant talking to him, showing him photographs and walking with him to the entrance of the mine, he didn't... More 

Thank Jue B
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting to read and see the history of mining in the local area. From recent times, back to the Romans. Nice cafe to get drinks and snacks. The country park is also a nice walk, a little steep in places but clear paths easy to walk or cycle on.

Thank RandRH
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Good little heritage centre,lots of volunteers keep this place going,and I think they are the old miners that worked here. The museum as lots of history of brick making dating back to Romans, There's a working train to ride on. You can book a tour of the mine.and the country park is great for dog walkers .

Thank Philip W
Woore, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Very good volunteer run facility featuring local history from the Romans through the mining industry - you need to keep going on the LONG approach road: you will fund it, but only from Chesterton, do not try to get through by car from The Drive, Alsager's Bank as maps suggest you can.

Thank Stephen_Clifford
Apedale, trustee at Apedale Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for your review. As you say, The Drive is not recommended as it's very rough, although many maps and Sat Navs show it as a route. We do, however, have directions on our website to help people find us. You can also park in the car parks on black bank of you don't mind a bit of a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Our friends took us to the mine as a surprise and it was so interesting - helmet with lamp supplied, safety checks (no battery items allowed down the mine itself). A fascinating man called Dave (apparently nicknamed Bluffer as there are more Daves there) took us down and he was so enthusiastic - he used to work on the mine... More 

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