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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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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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Been wanting to come here for ages and never got round to it, so glad we have now. Its amazing that this is all free apart from the car park which is £3 for the day, free for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Been wanting to come here for ages and never got round to it, so glad we have now. Its amazing that this is all free apart from the car park which is £3 for the day, free for disabled badge holders and motorcycles. Visited in school holidays and expected to wait but the wait was only about 10 minutes. Very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We visited Abergavenny whilst staying in Ross on Wye, whilst in Wales we looked for a local place of interest to visit and found the Blaeavon Big Pit coal mine museum. It is a free museum and is very interesting. There is a tour into the mine itself which was closed in 1980 and re-opened as a museum in 1983.... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We visited the Big Pit last week on a stay in Cardiff. The drive up took us through some lovely contryside which was spectacular even in the pouring rain. The museum was very interesting and you could go down into the mine in the old lift, not for the fainthearted.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It was amazing to actually go down the pit in the miner's cage. The tour guide was an ex miner and very knowledgeable. He made sure the small group of 15 were well kitted out and safe. He obviously enjoyed his job and was happy to answer the many questions asked. There were some Interesting exhibits in the museum. We... More 

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Llanover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Just moved in over the valley and thought I would give it a go, small queue to get down under ground but nothing to worry about , Andrew our guide was a funny man and showed how hard it was for the miners/children and horses to work underground, well worth a visit , highly recommend

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South Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visited Big Pit in 2014 with some friends visiting from Canada. It is a credit to the staff at Big Pit that they regarded their trip down the mineshaft as one of the highlights of their 3 week trip to the UK. The staff are all ex-miners so can tell you what it was really like to work there.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great place for young and old. Passion/ pride of the miners shines through. Could easily spend day here. Everyone helpful. Room to eat packed lunches in.

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Stokenchurch, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

So our bad rainy day on Sunday 26th July was soon turned into the best day we had in Wales. Our tour guide Robert was fantastic. He has a real passion for what he does and was brilliant with all the children (Children aged from 5 to 11) in the group and even payed them with tic tacs for reinacting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We visited here on a very wet Sunday afternoon. The weather was vile which probably accounts for the large number of visitors on the day - that and the fact it was the first weekend of the summer school holidays. When we arrived we were told by the till staff that there would be a wait of in the region... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

To really appreciate the history of Wales over the last couple of hundred years this tour is a must. The role of mining is such an intrinsic part of the way villages and the politics of the valleys developed. Even though the mines are gone the legacy lives on. The unpaid, volunteer guides are all former miners and our guide,... More 

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Additional Information about Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Address: Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
Phone Number: 029 2057 3650
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Torfaen  >  Blaenavon
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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