Bestwood Winding Engine House
Learn all about the Winding Engine House which is the last remaining part of what used to be one of the busiest coal mines in Nottinghamshire. The winding engine was used to lower colliers into the mine shaft and it winched mined coal up to the surface. Originally, the engine dates back to 1876 and was powered by steam, but today it is moved by an electrical motor.
You can take a virtual self-guided tour by entering the tall building 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.
There are also free guided tours available which are led by members of the Winding Engine House Volunteer Group who are dedicated to the preservation of this wonderful piece of industrial heritage. The tour guide will take you up the various levels of the building to the top where you can experience the sheer size and power of the winding engine.
This interesting engine house makes a great day out.
Opening Times: The Engine House opens to the public on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon between Easter and October.
The volunteers are not always on site, so if you are interested in a tour, please phone the Bestwood Country Park Rangers on 0115 927 3674 to arrange a date and time. (Calls can be made daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm).