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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Closest you will get to experiencing life as a miner

Underground trip highly recommended - helpful and funny ex-miners guide you through the pit and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
Excellent informative tour

Visited last week there were 5 of us aged from 5-60 there was a sign at the entrance saying the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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 yesterday

Underground trip highly recommended - helpful and funny ex-miners guide you through the pit and some of the history of welsh mining, both good and bad! Just the right level of scariness for the kids and history for the adults. Can't believe it is still...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Visited last week there were 5 of us aged from 5-60 there was a sign at the entrance saying the tours were limited that day as the staff were attending a funeral of one of their colleagues we were still undergroung for almost 40 minutes....More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed yesterday

Visited The Big Pit recently with my family, which included my 3 grandsons! Really good and they loved going down the mine with their helmets & lights on! The rest of the site was very educational too and contained a lot of history! We had...More

Thank suelove1567
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We only live about 45 min away and can not believe we have never been before!!! We really enjoyed our teen daughter really enjoyed, can't believe they don't charge for it, we did leave a donation! I did not go underground but everyone said it...More

Thank greeny20111648480
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took our two teenage girls on this tour and we all enjoyed it. An ex miner called Robert showed us around an explained about life in the mine, he was great and very entertaining. A+ *****.

Thank lkmoule
Reviewed 2 days ago

Overall we enjoyed our visit, but it's a shame because it could have easily been so much better. For a start it is not well sign-posted. We followed the brown signs with the winding gear symbol, but there were no signs saying to the Big...More

Thank John_Lickman
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a special trip to wales to visit this museum, so expectations were high and we were not disappointed . The underground tour was led by Iain an ex-miner who presented the whole experience just perfectly with humour and stories of the miners working...More

Thank Les T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lucky enough to visit Big Pit whilst in school, but great to visit again. Whilst the physical attraction itself is great, the absolute jewels of the experience are by far the miners that take you down into the mine. Interesting, engaging and with a wicked...More

Thank Lucas H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately we arrived too late for the Underground Tour but we all still had a very good time. The miners experience was very good as were the exhibitions. We will be back!

Thank teammumford
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A very popular attraction. I would recommend getting there early. It's free. You go underground and the guides are actually ex coal miners and great characters. There is also an informative museum, and cafe.

Thank Craffwr
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6 August 2017|
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Response from Melisa W | Reviewed this property |
I'm not 100% sure. I didn't see no signs for no dogs. Worth ringing them I suppose.
Christiane B
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
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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