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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Silver lining

When we arrived at the pit we were informed that due to an electrical fault, we could not have the... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
Kiev, Ukraine
via mobile
A gem hidden in the Welsh Valley

What a great time we had visiting the Big Pit, We were collected from the waiting room for the... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2017
Sawley, 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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Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

When we arrived at the pit we were informed that due to an electrical fault, we could not have the underground experience. However we had a fantastic guide who took us around the other areas which was very informative. We were then given the ‘modern...More

Thank PamYork_10
Reviewed 13 December 2017

What a great time we had visiting the Big Pit, We were collected from the waiting room for the underground tour by our 2 guides.They were both very informative and at the same time extremely comical, which made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. All this...More

Thank SawleyDawn381
Reviewed 5 December 2017

We expected good, we got excellent. The highlight was our underground tour with Peter, an ex-miner, and trainee guide Emma. It was highly informative, frequently laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes (for me anyway) emotional. The guides were interested in our family stories (no, really!), they obviously...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Took the underground tour on a cold and wet day, but below the weather is always the same. Great guide, funny and informative. The elevator takes you some 90 m below and then you’re off for about an hour with lot’s of funny and more...More

Thank J0han1969
Reviewed 24 November 2017

the underground tour ws amazing as well as the whole site so much to do and see, learned a lot about the life of a miner in a positive way. talikng to ex miners brought the experience alive. Lots to do for all age groups...More

Thank rita W
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

This was my second visit to big pit. The workers are always very helpful and genuinely interested in any questions you might have. There are two different paths around the mines but both are very good but slightly different. The cafe is quite good and...More

Thank Tiri2017
Reviewed 21 November 2017

The guided tour of the former coal mine was incredible. Without a doubt the highlight was meeting our guide - an ex-miner - and hearing about what it was like to work there. The camaraderie between all the staff was especially fun - everyone was...More

Thank happytraveller408
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

I went with my boyfriend in August this year. It was a good experience, alot to do and learn about. Perfect for all the family, young and old, I saw all age groups there. Very informative, also there were some good laughs as well. I...More

Thank linx_90
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Four of us went to the big pit.and had a great day out well about 4 hours. staff are great and so is the whole museum. a must see for all ages.

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

We arrived early afternoon and did the underground mine first. The guide was witty, funny and so knowledgeable. Was really interesting. The ceilings are low in some places. Didn’t have a massive amount of time for the rest of it but did the mining exhibition....More

Thank Joshua W
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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.
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 buzzard2000 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are. You would still be able to visit parts of the site but there were steps up to the pit head baths and where there are ramps they can be very steep. From their accessibility guide it sounds like they have... More