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Bestwood Winding Engine House

Opening hours

The Engine House opens to the public on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12noon, between Easter and October.

Free admission - but donations are welcome!

Location

Bestwood Winding Engine House
Bestwood Country Park
Off Park Road
Bestwood Village
Nottingham
NG6 8ZA

The Winding Engine House and colliery headstocks are within Bestwood Country Park, in Bestwood Village, about 4 miles from Nottingham city centre and close to Papplewick Pumping Station. Free car parking is available at the Winding Engine House Car park (entrance to Bestwood Country Park).

Bestwood Winding Engine House.

The Winding Engine

Today Bestwood Country Park is a peaceful green oasis, but once this area was a sprawling industrial site. At its heart stood Bestwood Colliery - one of the busiest coal mines in Nottinghamshire.

The Winding Engine House is the last remaining part of that vanished colliery. The winding engine lowered colliers into the mine shaft, and winched mined coal up to the surface.

The tall brick building houses a huge winding engine. Originally it was powered by steam, but today's visitors see the massive engine moved by an electrical motor.

The engine dates back to 1876, the heyday of Victorian industrial engineering.

Tour the Winding House

Tours are free, and led by members of the Winding Engine House Volunteer Group - a local community group dedicated to the preservation of this wonderful piece of industrial heritage.

The Winding Engine House volunteers aren't around every day, so if you'd like to find out more about open days or tours, please telephone the Bestwood Country Park Rangers on tel: 0115 927 3674 (daily, 10.30am-4.30pm).

If volunteers are available to take you around the building, you will move up the various different levels of the building to the top where you can experience the sheer size and power of the winding engine. You will hear how coalminers descended into the darkness of the mine, lowered in a metal cage, controlled by the Winding Engine Driver.

Virtual tours

You can take a virtual tour of the Winding Engine House

Self-guided tours

You can also take a self-guided tour by entering the building and accending in the glass sided lift. A recorded audio commentary will tell you what to look out for, explain how the mighty engine worked, and tell you a little about life as a miner.

Mobile phone tours

Outside, find out more about the history and nature of the site by taking our free mobile phone tour. Simply dial 0115 822 0268 and listen. You can also listen to the tour at home, by dialling from your landline. Why not try it now? Normal network call charges apply.

There are information panels around the site, with more information about the history of the Winding Engine House and Bestwood Colliery.

Events at the Winding Engine House and Bestwood Country Park

See below for details on upcoming events at Bestwood.

TitleDate(s)CostVenue
The Wind Up Mining Heritage Bus Tour21 September 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
Swan Canaries27 September 2014£5Bestwood Country Park
The Big Draw4 October 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
‘Mini-Miners’ Saturday4 October 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
Natural History Walk - Autumn19 October 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
Halloween Pumpkin Trail25 October 201450p per sheetBestwood Country Park
Ghostly Tales and Winter Ales7 November 2014£5 with a voucher for ale, £2 withoutBestwood Country Park
Light Up Winter Christmas Crafts6 December 2014£2 per childBestwood Country Park
Christmas Past10 December 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
Make a Miners Lamp3 January 2015£2 per childBestwood Country Park
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Find out more

Download a leaflet about the Bestwood Winding Engine House [PDF 1MB]

For press and media enquiries, emaillinda.hardy@nottscc.gov.uk

The restoration of the Winding Engine House was helped by funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Greater Nottingham Partnership.

Bestwood Winding Engine House has been inspected and designated a Place of Interest by www.visitengland.com

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