Bois-du-Luc: a UNESCO mining site, witness of the Industrial Revolution

  • Industrial heritage
  • Museum & discovery

Bois-du-Luc, a major mining site, was one of the main witnesses of the industrial revolution in Wallonia. This extraordinary historical heritage, wonderfully well preserved, is protected by UNESCO.

The mine, which opened in 1685 and closed in 1973, had a particularly long life. One of its characteristics is the workers' village, right by it, where the offices, workshops and communal spaces (typical house, 19th century classroom) can still be visited.

Bois-du-Luc offers exceptional insight into the daily life miners and their family.

The history of Bois-du-Luc

The Société des Charbonnages de Bois-du-Luc (created in 1685) decided at the beginning of the 19th century to make use of the Saint Emmanuel pit - the oldest mine in Belgium. Men would go as deep as 558 m under ground level to work.

A mining village was built nearby by the company to make the miners' lives easier. There, they could buy food (grocery store, butcher, mill/brewery), get treated (hospital, hospice), relax (party hall, park, music kiosk, leisure activities), get an education (schools, library) or go to church. The village was managed by the company's director.

Bois-du-Luc, one of the four authentic coal mines left in Europe, is on the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

Practical information

  • Night visits are sometimes organised
  • Look out for the Halloween themed visits in 2018

Visitors with specific needs

Please click here to see the list of facilities and activities accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. Wallonia has developed the Access-i program to give travellers a clear understanding of what the infrastructures offer.

Please note, on this site:

  • If you have a wheelchair: inclined surfaces, handrails placed at practical height
  • If you have difficulties walking: inclined surfaces and benches to rest during the visit. Appropriate washrooms.
  • If you are blind or visually impaired: guided tours, audio-guides and hands on artefacts
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing: didactic panels along the visit
  • If you have difficulties understanding: the didactic comments will be adapted and reformulated as needed.



€ 8
€ 5


€ 6
Free fisrt month's sunday
Family pass (2 adults and 2 children): 20€. Audioguide 1€ Groups: 25 persons max.

Information on the walk


Minimum duration2:00



  • Audioguide
  • Library or document centre
  • Educational service
  • Visitor guide for groups


  • Access for PRM (autodeclared)
  • Cafe
  • Shop
  • Car parking
  • Parking
  • Common bathroom


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Audioguide/mobile app/tablet

Additional information

Parking busYes
Secure ParkingYes
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.