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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Mine-d blowing tour

Rob was so knowledgable, witty and friendly. The best tour guide I think I've ever had here, and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Harriet L
via mobile
best day out

really good , out guide (steve) was very good, good information and very easy to get around will... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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 6 days ago via mobile

Rob was so knowledgable, witty and friendly. The best tour guide I think I've ever had here, and I've been here one whole time. Keep it up Rob

Thank Harriet L
Reviewed 6 days ago

really good , out guide (steve) was very good, good information and very easy to get around will deff be taking my family and friends when we next visit

Thank annod01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb free museum, just £3 to park all day. Unfortunately it was pouring down and we couldn't explore all of the site but very impressed that you got a free underground tour with an ex-miner, very interesting and you go down to the pit in...More

Thank shropshire69
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Martyn was so good with the group and he has a passion for his job, the way he explained the workings of the mine, to has adults and kids came across so all could understand keep up the good work Martyn.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit to the Big Pit was one of the best experiences I have had in years, it more than lived up to my expectations, and best of all it was free apart from a £3 car park fee. You go down 300ft to the...More

Thank DMJ1962AMJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved that we could actually put on hard hats and go down in the mine. You cannot know what miners experienced without going down yourself. Our guide brought it all alive for us. Then afterwards there are still many areas to explore. Especially loved the...More

Thank wisteriabarb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Exceptional tour of a coal mine with a very comprehensive guided tour. Went with a family and we all were engaged with interesting stories, history and real life tour underground. The other exhibits to visit were professionally done and gave a real-life experience of the...More

Thank Jason G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding use of a couple of hours, especially with kids. Well organised and hosted by ex-miners. Authentic underground experience with helmets and personal lights, guided tours are informative, interactive and also entertaining. Don't miss the exhibition and the simulation which actually shows you more of...More

Thank Proteus241
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great experience to spend some time understanding how the Welsh coal mines operated. A humbling history on so many fronts and being taken underground by a ex-coal miner made the entire tour so much more interesting.

Thank Marcel K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having climbed the hill, the light and sound experience in the drift mine was excellent, and that soft Welsh accent was sublime!

Thank Alec D
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Christiane B
How far is it from Newport? Can we take the bus?
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
my mother enjoys walking but she has knee issues and can't do steep steps, are there any?
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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Janice G
Are there facilitate for elderly wheel chair users?
15 April 2017|
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Response from Topoflist | Reviewed this property |
I'm not 100% sure. It's a very hilly site and access is ok via ramps but hard work I should think You would have to check with the museum directly