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North Drift Re-Opens

After extended maintenance work, the North Drift reopens to the public as part of our 1\u00bd hour fully-guided tour.

The time has come. From Monday 14th May, descend into the North Drift and discover the complete Ironstone Mining experience. After extended maintenance work, the North Drift reopens to the public as part of our 1½ hour fully-guided tour.

For over 90 years, ironstone was extracted from the mines through the North Drift, one of the original haulage drifts of Loftus Mines, and carried up to Skinningrove Ironworks. In 1916, as Zeppelin airships raided the nearby steelworks, the people of Skinningrove took shelter in the dark, damp Drift tunnel from the falling bombs. Now, with the maintenance work complete, from the 15th May visitors can once more experience this fascinating part of Loftus Mine; the last Ironstone Mining museum, on the site of a mine, in the world.

Jane Birdsall, Director of Operations at the Museum, said “We’re delighted that the North Drift is open to visitors again. The Drift is a unique opportunity to experience going underground in a real Ironstone Mine.”

It is more exciting news for the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, which has just been awarded £800,000 by the Coastal Communities Fund for Room to Grow; the museum’s £1.6 million landmark project set to bring expansion, employment and tourism to Skinningrove’s Iron Valley. With half of the funding secured from the Coastal Communities Fund, the museum is optimistic of further success in the second-round application to the Heritage Lottery. If successful, construction is set to begin in Autumn 2017.

Our 1½; hour tours are fully-guided and suitable for everyone, including those with accessibility needs. Tours are available Weekdays from 10am and Saturdays from 1pm; last tour leaves at 3:30pm. Our tours cost £6 for Adults, £5.50 for Over 60s, and £3.00 for Children; under 5s go free and discounts are available to Families and Pre-booked Groups. We look forward to seeing you.

If you would like to volunteer or gain work experience, the Museum is eager to hear from you! Learn new skills, boost your CV or give something back to the community through our wide range of roles: Tour Guides, Artefact Collections Team, Education Assistants and Maintenance Team. Just contact Jane Birdsall at the museum on 01287 642877 or email