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Address: Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
Phone Number:
+44 29 2057 3650
Today
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Take a unique underground tour of a real coalmine, where hundreds of men,...

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 interesting

Very interesting and you get to go down the mine too. Also there is a short film where it's like as if you're on a tram underground your seating shakes as if you're going over the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Sunny290759
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Beaufort, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited previously but went know with relatives from Australia. Once again the "miners" did not disappoint. Was a little disappointed at the poor choice in the pit head baths canteen though. If it's a year round attraction then this needs to be year round too.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting and you get to go down the mine too. Also there is a short film where it's like as if you're on a tram underground your seating shakes as if you're going over the rails

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Thank Sunny290759
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Like many South Walians I had mining ancestors but have never been in mine myself. This attraction is the nearest thing you can get to actually going down a working mine. You are equipped with mining safety helmet etc and taken into the pit by former mine workers. They were great story tellers and could clearly hold an audience at... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The underground mine tour is fantastic. The guides (ex-miners) are so knowledgeable and paint a vivid picture of the hard life of miners in the industrial revolution. You get a sense of how mining shaped the local community as well as the landscape. Kids and adults will learn something here. I'd recommend taking warm clothes if planning to do the... More 

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Thank Katherine S
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this attraction whilst visiting friends in Abergavenny in December. They wanted to show me the attractive surrounding countryside but, being December we took refuge from the miserable weather by visiting Big Pit National Coal Museum. First stop was the Pit Head Bath exhibition where we explored the numerous facilities that were available for the miners to clean up... More 

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Thank Aygee2014
Swansea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a cold, rainy miserable day in January but the welcome and friendliness of the staff make the whole visit worthwhile. The underground tour was not available but that didnt matter as there was so much to see above ground. The exhibition in the miners baths was comprehensive and made us realise how hard the life of a... More 

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Thank swanjac
Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently visited and a wonderful day out in Blaenavon. Wonderful ex miners as guides. Great insight into life in the pit with great exhibits, and also makes one think about what successive governments did to the Welsh coal industry. Highly recommended, and also free. Plus, great cawl in the café!

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Thank MARTIN W
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit to this excellent museum was arranged by our daughter and her fiancé, both of whom had been a few times before, unlike my husband and I. The girls live in Blaenavon and are very proud of living in a World Heritage area. We walked up to Big pit from their home. We walked into the reception area, admittance... More 

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Thank KathKath58
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a party of 10 needing something to do while staying in the area and The Big Pit was very informative, as well as entertaining (Mark was our guide, an ex miner), and excellent value.....FREE, except for £3 parking. Mark paid particular attention to my wife who is claustrophobic, there can be 18 people in a mining lift but... More 

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Thank Darren F
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Due to maintenance the 300 ft descent into the pit is not currently open. Don't let this put you off, this museum provides a fascinating insight into the South Wales coalfield. Ex miners give a great tour which is not to be missed! This is a professionally run, cut above museum, free, a real treat if you are interested in... More 

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