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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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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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Fantastic, Informative, Fun!

What an amazing place! We visited with rellies but only had time for the underground bit and a sweep round the museum. We will definitely be going back. Our tour guide was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Cairns Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

What an amazing place! We visited with rellies but only had time for the underground bit and a sweep round the museum. We will definitely be going back. Our tour guide was Martin and he was great. He had so much knowledge, not only about Big Pit but about other pits in the area and other types of mining. He... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

I've been to a simulated drift mine, and a real drift mine, but never in a cage down a proper mine shaft. Until today. This FREE museum (well, except for the three quid parking charge) gives visitors the opportunity to go underground 300 yards, or whatever that is in new money, and get a sense of mining in the 18th-early... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Had a fabulous visit here on 4th July, very informative. Many many thanks to the former miner that took us down to the coal seam; you were genuinely very informative, cheerful and funny with it. There is plenty to look at and learn here, so leave yourselves lots of time to take it all in. A great, reasonably-priced gift shop... More 

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Borrego Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

One word: GO!! Two words: Loved it! Big Pit is a UNESCO site, and a living, breathing reminder of the coal industry in Wales and the people and society it created. The exhibits are wondeful, educational and entertaining -- the highlight is a tour down the mine elevator 300 feet underground for an extensive tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

I was recommended to here by my B and B staff and was glad I visited . I was amazed it was free entry , courtesy of Devolution and the Welsh Assembly clearly to preserve the heritage and history of Wales. The walk around , self guided exhibits were excellent as were the staff who were dotted around. All the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My dad used to bring me here 10 years ago on a way to visit welsh family. Today the two of us came back with my partner who hadn't been before. It was a fantastic day. Arrived early to get on the 10am trip down the mine, guides were all fantastic, and made the experience personal and real life. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

£3 to park but worth every bit of it! Entry is free and the tours are exceptional. You are given a helmet with a head lamp and you're off into the mine tunnels. You only descend about 100 meters but you still get the full experience. You walk in areas where you almost have to crouch down onto your knees... More 

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

An incredible experience for all the family.A fact filled tour that'll make you appreciate what the elders of the Welsh Valleys endured for each of us to thrive today. Wonderful day out,avoid if you fear closed spaces...this will test your nerve

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

What a great museum - I can't believe it is free! Had an excellent trip down the mine - fantastic. Guide was great - knowledgable and friendly. Plenty of other things to see once you've been down to such as mining galleries and exhibition. Well worth a visit. Will be coming back with my wife. Plenty to see in the... More 

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Wiltshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Fantastic morning spent at The Big Pit with two 10 year olds who thoroughly enjoyed their visit. The underground tour was brought to life brilliantly by Robert, our knowledgeable tour guide, and who did a really fabulous job of engaging the kids. The Gallery was also very well presented and definitely worth seeing after the underground tour. Highly recommend for... 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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