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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Amazing tour

Steve was our tour guide going down the mine. he was friendly and very knowledgeable, his tales of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Experience of a life time that everyone should do - give you Welsh Gold

Visiting from Canada this was a real eye opener to learn what it was life to work down in the coal... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 via mobile

Steve was our tour guide going down the mine. he was friendly and very knowledgeable, his tales of working in the pits were fantastic. Would recommend also seeing the rest of the museum. Great day out.

Thank mogs2
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visiting from Canada this was a real eye opener to learn what it was life to work down in the coal mines. They use guides who once worked down in the mines and do a awesome job of touring you. You can also do a...More

Thank Brian V
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the Big Pit while on holiday in Caeleon and because my husband's father and grandfather were Welsh miners. We enjoyed the visit from start to finish. You are fitted with a hard hat and a lamp and taken down by a guide who...More

Thank grannymush1956
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came here from Swansea for an afternoon out with my husband and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great to learn not only about this areas history but also the history of coal mining internationally. The underground tour guide we had was fantastic. Great sense of...More

Thank Carly251016
Reviewed 6 days ago

My daughter loved the experience especially dressing up with the equipment. Hearing the conditions that the kids used to work in and what they had to do was an eye opener for her and helped her realise how lucky she is. Would recommend the tour...More

Thank JasonSS1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved my visit here. Fantastic tour guide, made my family feel like part of the tour. I can't praise the place enough and still in shock that it's free entry. Thank you so much

Thank Nathan F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Big coal mine, top banter with ex miners giving you a tour, what's not to love? If you're English make sure you remind them who their overlords are.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The area around Blaenavon is a UNESCO Heritage Site for its recent industrial past. A worthwhile attraction is the visit to the Big Pit, a coal mine that only stopped extraction relatively recently. The entry is free. Wearing a hard hat which is tested often...More

Thank Traveling_IAR
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really worthwhile place to visit & experience. The underground trip & social history are so dramatic & you are so well looked after by ex miners, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to go down the pit. Outside it is also well...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The underground tour guide is an ex-miner who imparted a wealth of detail and knowledge - you may have to bend down due to low tunnel ceilings in places and all electronic items have to remain topside. The staff are friendly and informative, and the...More

Thank Michael M
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7 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 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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