The Great Engine: Open Days & Demonstrations

Come and discover the 1795 New Colliery and marvel at the ‘Elsecar Great Engine’, built at the direction of Earl Fitzwilliam. The oldest steam engine still in its original location anywhere, the engine is recognised to be one of the world’s greatest monuments to the Industrial Revolution. The New Colliery is open 7 days a week to explore throughout the year (except in severe weather). On our Open Days, you’ll be able to talk to our guides, peer down its deep mineshaft, see inside the engine house and witness the Great Engine in action.

Please note that our Newcomen Engine will not operate during the winter months (December to February).

Demonstrations at 11am, 12pm and 1pm

FREE – donations welcome to support the work of Barnsley Museums Heritage Trust.

Please call 01226 740203 or pop into the Visitor Centre or email elsecarheritagecentre@barnsley.gov.uk to book your place. Tours are limited to 15 people.