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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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This is well worth visiting whether in a group or with a loved one, the entry to both the museum... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Pontypool, United Kingdom
Excellent tour with Robert as our guide.

All the people we met, whether former miners or other members of staff,were friendly, helpful and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hereford, United Kingdom
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Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650

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Reviewed yesterday

This is well worth visiting whether in a group or with a loved one, the entry to both the museum and the underground tour is free and an good insight into how the mine was worked many years ago and on how mines are done...More

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Reviewed yesterday

All the people we met, whether former miners or other members of staff,were friendly, helpful and generous with their time. There is so much to see so leave plenty of time for your visit.

Thank tyhyfryd
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a day out ! Went with our group of biker friends for a ride out. Under-ground tour brilliant with an ex miner as guide. Educational but with "Welsh" humour, kept you interested without boring the younger visitors who joined in with our group. Lots...More

Thank TimnMaggs
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Entry is free ( all Welsh museums are I have now been told) friend staff and the underground tour was fab! The guys have so much knowledge and experience, very interesting and inspiring. *note* do electronic devices, smoking materials, vapes or watches are aloud down...More

Thank Rachel 'Ra Ra' S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on a Monday around lunchtime unfortunately the place was full of school children, one of the staff said Wednesday is best day to go. Nevertheless we got on a guided tour with only a short wait, a very interesting experience and a guide...More

Thank Pgeo999
Reviewed 3 days ago

An excellent day out, a unique experience. Our visit to the pit (300 feet down) was both an educational and emotional experience Our meal in The Miners Canteen, with a magnificent view of the hills, of Pork and Leek Sausages with Chips and Peas was...More

Thank MisterFussy
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went here with our 5 and 8 year old kids and all had a really good day out. The guided tour down the mine was the best part and our tour guide Robin was absolutely brilliant. We had several nationalities on our tour and...More

Thank Neil034
Reviewed 5 days ago

An amazing day for us today. Only downfall was we couldn't go down to the out as we had two young children but we knew this before going as it was in the website. Friendly staff and lots of info. Will definitely go again

Thank MrsJ_Rust
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went down the pit in the cage, wearing a helmet and headlight.The guide was brilliant and was a natural with the youngsters and being retired miner,very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the whole experience. I would say that if you have back problems then give it...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience, wonderful guides very helpful, you learn a lot and so do the children, put on non slip shoes and warm clothes it can get a little cold

1  Thank Hilda W
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Janice G
Are there facilitate for elderly wheel chair users?
15 April 2017|
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Response from andybrown75 | 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
Gareth M
Been,Seen & done ! Great.
30 March 2017|
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Response from JaGr50 | Reviewed this property |
Agree, no question!
Louise W
I am thinking of taking my 3 year and 5 year old to Big Pit next week. Is it suitable for their age? Would they get scared going down the lift? Would be 3 year old be able to go down? She is just over a metre tall.
8 February 2017|
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Response from kathrynjenkins2017 |
Children need to be least one metre and have to carry a 5kg battery pack. I would say that the tour will be a bit too much for the 3yr old and they wouldn't really get much out of the tour.