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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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A Must-do!

Well worth the drive to the valleys for the Big Pit tour! Our guide was fantastic. He was very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
156harrietb
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Great place to visit

We visited Big Pit on our recent trip to wales after it being recommended to us. It was free to... read more

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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth the drive to the valleys for the Big Pit tour! Our guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and funny. This site really gives you an idea of the conditions the miners had to work in and makes you appreciate the back breaking...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited Big Pit on our recent trip to wales after it being recommended to us. It was free to enter and we thought it was brilliant. The underground tour was very thought provoking and humbling. It was like nothing we’d ever experienced before. The...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A really worthwhile visit. Not only do they manage to make the mechanics of mining interesting to the layperson, but the lovingly curated exhibitions will leave you considering much bigger questions long after you depart.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Superb day out. Fascinating site/museum/mine tour. Ex-miner guides are knowledgable and passionate, and really funny too. Free - a refreshing tonic after Stonehenge experience (see review!!).

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely day out with kids and husband, great walking around the coal mines and then learning about life as a miner

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stumbled on this by chance. A fabulous place to visit with free entrance ( contributions welcomed). Our guide round the 50 minute pit tour “John” was fun and informative. King Cole on site fantastic display ( suitable for disabled visitors). Really gave the feel of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited over the half term. The wait was about an hour. What a fabulous experience!!! We really enjoyed and our guide was well informed, funny and charismatic. He made our experience memorable, unfortunately l can’t remember his name. Our grandsons are 10 and 13...More

Thank Serees55
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

AMAZING. I love in Llanelli and I cannot believe that is never visited the big pit! What a hidden gem, fantastic day out for the whole family. Going down into the mines is a brilliant experience, the tour guide was awesome, really funny but informative...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been meaning to go down Big Pit for quite a few years having been a local boy who moved away many years ago. Finally did it today with my 8 year old daughter and 86 year old mother. I wish I hadn't waited so long!...More

Thank Graeme T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the tour by our guide, Bill, an ex-miner. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining too. Take note that you need to leave your battery powered items on the surface before descending into the mine for safety purposes.

Thank travellingbaby_8
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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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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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