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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Great value visit

Myself and two teenage children visited today. Positives are: Free, £3 to park, regular... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Barry G
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
great visit

Really interesting visit. It does what it says on the brochure. Good underground experience, good... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sandy B
Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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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 3 days ago

Myself and two teenage children visited today. Positives are: Free, £3 to park, regular underground tours that last about 45 mins, other displays to visit. Other attractions are numbered and 8 and 10 are the best two if time limited. There is a canteen which...More

Thank Barry G
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really interesting visit. It does what it says on the brochure. Good underground experience, good guides who were excellent with the children and unsure visitors. Gave a brief inside into life in the mines. Not how I would have liked to work. Surface exhibitions were...More

Thank Sandy B
Reviewed 4 days ago

this place is a hidden gem whats included well a trip under ground for a coductted tour showing howe life was for miners back in the sixtys also work shop s and canteen were you can by food and drinks

Thank ken f
Reviewed 4 days ago

I wasn't sure what to expect, and came away saying it was fun and informative from bemfinning to end. You go down a shaft about 90 metres and then follow a guide through the mine. They fix you up with a hard hat and a...More

Thank TannisRob
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really good, informative and interesting tour underground with multi-lingual Peter. He took time to get names and made my nervous daughter at ease. Great to go underground and the static displays are good for a couple of hours. Very impressed and opened up the kids...More

Thank QualityAdam
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on the recommendation of a friend in Cardiff and I'm so pleased that we did because we had a great time. The underground tour is a must - the 50 minutes we spent with our retired miner tour guide was informative and entertaining....More

Thank medic_mac
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guy who did our tour was funny! He was attentive, funny, informative, and had a brilliant sense of humour! He was good with the kids, asked lots of questions about people and got all those on tour involved. Particularly picked on my husband as...More

Thank Charlotte-Brinkley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the highlights of my UK visits! The hosts are unbelievably funny and accommodating. It is set up brilliantly! This experience takes you through the actual mine (approx 50min) that use to be in operation. They also have a 50 min simulation mine that...More

Thank Jonathan E
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic place, Parking is £3 with the machine situated a bit of a walk by the main entrance, the tour and the site itself is free. The tour being taken by ex miners gave it a real sense of there past and what...More

Thank Ashley W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place the grandchildren enjoyed it lot could believe that men when down they for coal and just lights on they head to see.

Thank Sandra Joyce W
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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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15 April 2017|
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Response from Carole W | Reviewed this property |
Excellent facilities for wheelchair users, including the actual mine. Strong pusher needed for some steeper gradients but you can drive to the upper level