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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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A real education and completely free - I thoroughly recommend this attraction.

The tour was entirely free, just take a few pounds for the car park and for a small gratuity if you... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Graham S
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Canterbury
Entertaining and educational visit for all ages.

For many years, I always wanted to visit Big Pit, but never found the time. My husband suggested we... read more

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catherinepL5594DJ
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Pembrokeshire, 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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  • Very good9%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
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+44 29 2057 3650
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Reviewed yesterday

The tour was entirely free, just take a few pounds for the car park and for a small gratuity if you wish. Once we were kitted out with our hard hats and torches, it was time to hand over everything with a battery in it...More

Thank Graham S
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

For many years, I always wanted to visit Big Pit, but never found the time. My husband suggested we finally take our children, aged 4 and 7, as my family originates from the local town of Blaenavon, with several generations having worked at this very...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

After several years of my Welsh wife promising to take me to Big Pit,she made good on her promise & took me there this week & boy was it worth the wait. The first thing that strikes you is the fact that the visit has...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Needing a relatively dry morning activity due to rain, we chose to visit big pit. What a fabulous choice we made . Yes it was busy due to school trips but well worth the wait. Our guide Steve was excellent , his tour was punctuated...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Fantastic day out, AND IT'S FREE !!! Great going down into the Pit with a real miner, really got a feel of what it was like to work down there.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I’d never heard of the Big Pit, what a fantastic place, the staff are so friendly & helpful. We were lucky with the weather, fantastic views. My 8 year old son loved it, the tour guide ex miner was great with. We all enjoyed our...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, ignore your Satnav or do as we did and go along "roads" so narrow you will wonder where they are taking you. Once you start to see them follow the brown tourist signs. Entry is free but parking is £3 for the whole day...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbeatable price, free entry, £3 for parking. Very friendly and helpful. In a wheelchair but no problem as wheelchair accessible. What an eye opener! An immensely difficult and dangerous job which brought about tremendous community spirit. An educational and fascinating experience. Our guide, Mark, had...More

1  Thank KatiePops888
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Informative, interesting and a glimpse into the Welsh psyche. Free to enter and the ex-miners who act as guides are brilliant. Wear decent shoes and a warm coat. One of the best examples of history coming to life. It glorifies a deadly and tough job;...More

1  Thank DomJohnFran
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the mines midweek, situated through an industrial estate and onto a bleak hillside, surrounded by slagheaps now starting to be covered over by grasses, the Big Pit is a "Must Do"! It is great to see that some of the miners still work...More

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Jim D
19 March 2018|
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Response from anthony g | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do
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keithdavies01
17 March 2018|
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Response from Graham W | Reviewed this property |
Honestly don’t know, suggest you ring the Museum.
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greeny20111648480
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.
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