The mine generally produces coal mainly for domestic use during the winter months and operates as a tourist attraction in the summer.
The Hopewell Colliery workings are very old and it is one of the mines that William Smith the inventor of the system of geological mapping and father of British geology acted as consultant for in the early 19th Century.
Hopewell Colliery associated with and linked to the nearby Phoenix Coliery first opened in 1823 it has been worked intermittently since then. The current period of operation began in 1992 with tourists being admitted during the summer months since 1997. A visit to this interesting mine is highly recommended.