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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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6 year old loved it

My daughter loved the experience especially dressing up with the equipment. Hearing the conditions... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Leatherhead, United Kingdom
What a great day

Absolutely loved my visit here. Fantastic tour guide, made my family feel like part of the tour. I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nathan F
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Take a unique underground tour of a real coalmine, where hundreds of men, women and children once worked to extract the precious mineral that stoked furnaces and lit the household fires of the world.
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Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My daughter loved the experience especially dressing up with the equipment. Hearing the conditions that the kids used to work in and what they had to do was an eye opener for her and helped her realise how lucky she is. Would recommend the tour...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely loved my visit here. Fantastic tour guide, made my family feel like part of the tour. I can't praise the place enough and still in shock that it's free entry. Thank you so much

Thank Nathan F
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Big coal mine, top banter with ex miners giving you a tour, what's not to love? If you're English make sure you remind them who their overlords are.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The area around Blaenavon is a UNESCO Heritage Site for its recent industrial past. A worthwhile attraction is the visit to the Big Pit, a coal mine that only stopped extraction relatively recently. The entry is free. Wearing a hard hat which is tested often...More

Thank Traveling_IAR
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really worthwhile place to visit & experience. The underground trip & social history are so dramatic & you are so well looked after by ex miners, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to go down the pit. Outside it is also well...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The underground tour guide is an ex-miner who imparted a wealth of detail and knowledge - you may have to bend down due to low tunnel ceilings in places and all electronic items have to remain topside. The staff are friendly and informative, and the...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a week in South Wales and were advised to go here. A fantastic day out. Entrance is free, you just pay for parking £3. We managed to spend about 4 hours here. The pit tour is excellent. The guide was an ex miner. Very...More

Thank forestgirl12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with my parents for my second time but my parents first. Took the tour down the mine with a lovely guide called Jake. Was very interesting learning about the old and new methods of mining. After the tour we had dinner in the canteen....More

Thank Jinx130
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to the Big Pit before a couple of years ago and did the whole museum with the mine tour. This time I took my elderly parents, my dad not great on his pins. The ex miner and tour guide Pete, was very attentive...More

Thank Hobsonschoice2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanks John, for taking us down the mine. He was a gem as a former miner on the sight giving well informed answers to all of our questions as a Gent that worked underground. Nothing has been changed, so you can see the Miners showers,...More

Thank James B
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6 August 2017|
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Response from Laurie R | Reviewed this property |
I saw lots of canine visitors - and apart from not letting them down into the mine, I'm certain they would be welcomed.
Christiane B
11 June 2017|
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Response from Chris B | Reviewed this property |
I'd estimate about 30 mins (16-17 miles) from Newport by car. Buses available as follows: The number 30 bus runs from Cwmbran Bus Station to Lion Street, Blaenafon daily Monday to Saturday, including Good Friday but... More
Mariam K
3 June 2017|
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Response from timButer | Reviewed this property |
Hi Miriam, there are no really steep steps, but quite a few stretches have to be walked bending down, so that might turn out to be difficult for mums. I would inquire thoroughly beforehand.
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