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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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Address: Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
Phone Number: 029 2057 3650
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Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: 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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Excellent day out!

Visited with a 16 and 14 year old based on previous reviews. Cannot fault the tour or the activities. Guides are amazing and knowledgable. Exhibitions very well done. I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Evertime I go there I get so emotional, thinking of all those miners going down every day not knowing if they would make it home. I think its an amazing place and I feel blessed it's part of my heritage. Great day out for all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Visited with a 16 and 14 year old based on previous reviews. Cannot fault the tour or the activities. Guides are amazing and knowledgable. Exhibitions very well done. I would highly recommend.

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Cleethorpes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

fantastic day out. so pleased the weather was bad other wise we may not have come. this is not only an interesting educational visit but also an emotional one if you remember the miners dispute of the 80's. the tour guides are ex miners that take you round the pit conveying their own experiences and passing on the history of... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My dad was from a Valleys mining family, so I have always wanted to visit a coal mine. The Big Pit is a brilliant experience. Our guide on the underground tour was very knowledgeable and full of funny stories. The exhibition in the Pithead baths was excellent and well set out and the Galleries Experience was great. And all for... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Friendly staff when welcomed into the main entrance, Short wait for the tour max 15 minutes. Welcomed by a guy who use to work in the pits himself. Fitted a waist belt which connected to your helmet with a light to given you a better view on what it would of been like working in the pits as well for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Really very good, much better than I had expected. Best of all are the staff - all burly ex-miners, they told interesting stories that made the visit truly authentic.

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We had a fantastic time, the underground tour is an absolute must. Our tour guide was great and gave us a really good tour with lots of interesting information. Our children aged 4 and 7 particularly enjoyed it. The minors gallery and the museum also brilliant. It was a particularly wet and rainy day when we visited but it did... More 

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Okehampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We travelled up to visit the Big Pit in May with our 9 year old daughter, it was a fantastic trip we all thoroughly enjoyed it, our guide was brilliant with very funny stories! All the staff are enthusiastic about what they do and are very informative. The Iron Works just up the road is also worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the site and managed to have a tour the pit bottom with Wayne 'The Monk' Monkley as our tour guide. What can I say, but fantastic, incredible, very informative, and good exercise. 'the Monk' was very friendly and has a wide variety of information. We felt at ease and safe with Wayne and the tour. With lots of... More 

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Ellon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Fantastic day out for everyone. Great value for money as you only pay for parking. A big thank you to Peter who was our tour guide he was first class speaking from the heart and telling us the real life story of what it was like down the mines makes it feel extra special when you have a real life... More 

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