To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Search Again

Type
Location
Keyword

Your Travel Planner

Welcome to the travel planner. Use this tool to save details of accommodation, events, places to eat and things to see & do in Nottinghamshire

To add an item to your planner click the relevant button

Add to Excursion

Bestwood Winding Engine House

Park Road
Bestwood Village
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG6 8ZA

Tel: 0115 927 3674

Add Bestwood Winding Engine House to your Itinerary

Bestwood Winding Engine House

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.

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.

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.

Video

What's Nearby

  1. Arnold Local History Group - Whats On 2017

    Come along to the following facinating talks, lectures and exhibitions throughout 2017.

    For...

    2.14 miles away
  2. Library Landscape, a Myriorama for Nottinghamshire at Worksop Library

    3 May - 11 June 2017

    Inspire and Leicester Print Workshop opens in a new window artist Sue...

    2.2 miles away
  3. Patchings Festival of Art, Craft & Photography 2017

    Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 July 2017

    Look out for:

    - Artists, designers and makers...

    2.85 miles away
  4. #ConnectedTEN Exhibition

    Saturday 1st April - Saturday 7th May 2017

    The yearly Connected photography exhibition returns...

    2.9 miles away
  1. Photography Workshop at Papplewick Pumping Station

    Saturday 1st April 2017, 10am

    £85

    During this one-day workshop we will look at a variety...

    3.32 miles away
  2. Steaming Days at Papplewick Pumping Station

    Enjoy a fascinating day out at Britain's finest Victorian water works by visiting on one of their...

    3.36 miles away
  3. Goose Fair 2017

    ‘Nottingham October – The UK’s Festival City’

    Wednesday 4th - Sunday 8th October 2017

    ...

    3.72 miles away
  4. Bonfire Night on The Forest 2017

    Sunday 5 November 2017 

    Nottingham's best loved FREE Fireworks display is back at the Forest...

    3.89 miles away
  5. Nottingham Oktoberfest 2017

    ‘Nottingham October – The UK’s Festival City’

    25th - 29th October 2017 Wednesday - 25/10 -...

    3.91 miles away
  6. Launch Party: Unearthing the Banker's Bones

    Launch Party: Unearthing the Banker's Bones - 31st March 2017

    Launching a season of work...

    3.92 miles away
  7. Keith Piper: Unearthing the Banker's Bones

    Saturday 1 April - Sunday 11 June 2017

    New Art Exchange is pleased to welcome Keith Piper back...

    3.92 miles away
  8. The East Midlands Flower Show 2017

    Saturday 1 July & Sunday 2 July 2017 from 10am – 4pm Venue: Newstead Abbey

    After the success...

    3.96 miles away
  9. Outdoor Theatre Season at Newstead Abbey

    Selected dates between Friday 21 July and Sunday 20 August 2017 Newstead Abbey, the former home of...

    4.05 miles away
  10. Nottinghamshire Hospice - Strictly Learn to Dance Grand Final

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    7:30pm 11:00pm

    Nottinghamshire Hospice Strictly is back and in...

    4.16 miles away
  11. UK Corporate Games 2017

    Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 July 2017

    Various venues across Nottingham

    The UK Corporate Games –...

    4.34 miles away
  12. SHAPELESS IMPACT NOT TIME SLOW IS (FLITS BY)

    SHAPELESS IMPACT NOT TIME SLOW IS (FLITS BY) A solo exhibition by Giorgio Sadotti

    THE VAST...

    4.4 miles away
Previous Next

Discover Highlights...

City of Caves

City of Caves

Open seven days a week from 10am City of Caves is part of a hidden maze of over 500 original...

Gulliver's Kingdom - Matlock Bath

Gulliver's Kingdom - Matlock Bath

A feast of fun awaits you at Gulliver's Kingdom the all weather theme park!

The School of Artisan Food

The School of Artisan Food

The School of Artisan Food has passion, expertise and understanding - all under one roof. Their...

Wollaton Park Golf Club

Wollaton Park Golf Club

Wollaton Park Golf Club, Nottingham's premier golf club, is truly regarded by many as "One of the...