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Bestwood Winding Engine House

Opening hours

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

Free admission - but donations are welcome!

The community café stays open until 1pm, and contains further information about the heritage of the site, as well as our collection of mining objects. 

Please check our events listing below, as we are open for many events in addition to these regular hours. If you would like to arrange a visit outside these hours, please contact us, as we will probably be able to accommodate you. 


Bestwood Winding Engine House
Bestwood Country Park
Off Park Road
Bestwood Village

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 our friendly and knowledgeable team of volunteers. 

The winding engine is open for guided tours every Saturday am between 10am and 12noon. A community café in the Dynamo House is open every Saturday from 10am until 1pm, and one Sundays from 2-4pm in June, July and August. We also have a lively programme of events, so check out our events listing below. The café serves homemade cakes and fresh coffee, and juice for family visitors. 

If you would like to find out more about open days or tours, please telephone the Community Heritage Officer on 0115 975 2422 or email adele.williams@nottscc.gov.uk

On the guided tour, 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 ascending 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.

Visitors with children

Our dressing up box is overflowing with mini miners overalls and helmets, and the sort of clothes a Victorian child from the village would have worn in the early years of the colliery. Children can follow our trail of miners helmets, try out a Bestwood wordsearch, or be a History Hunter, searching for objects in the Winding Engine House whilst the family enjoys a tour.

The first Saturday of each month is always Mini Miners morning, when children can don miners’ overalls and crawl through a tunnel of coal. On wetter days, we offer a craft activity, from making a miner’s lamp to a Victorian fireplace. 

Events at the Winding Engine House and Bestwood Country Park

See below for details on upcoming events at Bestwood.

Bestwood Steampunk Picnic5 September 2015Free entry - some charges for activities will applyBestwood Country Park
Thursday Conservation Days 10 September 2015 Free Bestwood Country Park
Wednesday Health Walks 16 September 2015 Free Bestwood Country Park
Thursday Conservation Days 24 September 2015 Free Bestwood Country Park
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Find out more

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

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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