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

  • Architectural heritage
  • Industrial heritage
  • Museum & discovery

The Bois-du-Luc 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 of 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 to work.

A mining village unique in Europe

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).

A UNESCO site

Bois-du-Luc, together with The Grand-Hornu, Bois du Cazier and Blegny-Mine, were added to the UNESCO list in 2012.

Cycling

Borrow one of the bikes on site and enjoy a ride on the tree planted heaps: quite a fascinating nature site.

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.

Price

Individual

€ 9
€ 6
€ 8
€ 6
Free fisrt month's sunday
Family pass (2 adults and 2 children): 24€. Free for childen under 6. May to October: free guided tours the first Sunday of the month at 3 pm.

Information on the walk

Duration

Minimum duration1:30

Facilities

Services

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

Equipement

  • Cafe
  • Shop
  • Car parking
  • Parking
  • Common bathroom

Visites

FR - EN - IT - NL
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.