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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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WHAT A GREAT ATTRACTION & FREE TOO!!!!

Great day out, very informative. Friendly Ex miners demonstrate the equipment used & give a brief history on working in the mine which is fascinating.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Great day out, very informative. Friendly Ex miners demonstrate the equipment used & give a brief history on working in the mine which is fascinating.

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Great attraction for a rainy day, although would be great in the summer too. Had to wait around half an hour to start our underground tour as the attraction was very busy. There were not as many guides on as there maybe should have been. The attraction is free to visit aside from £3 to park your car. The underground... More 

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Louviers, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

It is a surprising experience to follow the path of the miners and to go back to the 18th century, listening to a former miner who tells us about how the work in the mines has changed over the decades. It is both touching and impressive to be under the ground and to think og all the miners who struggled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I took my two grand-children, aged 5 and 7, on a coach trip to Blaenavon. They loved it and the seven year old could remember more of the facts given out than me! The guides are ex-miners, friendly, jovial and keep their cools under extreme provocation, especially when trying to count in different parties to go into the lift to... More 

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welshandproud
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Such an experience. Not to be missed. Have taken several groups of students and learn more each time and always so impressed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

So much to do here, also in the area. Wish we had more time. The mine tour was fantastic. Plan to spend a day here and in the area

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Chippenham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We went as 2 family groups with children from the age of 6 to 10 and everyone enjoyed the day. The trip down the mine was an education and quite an eye opener for the children, when they learnt about the young workers down the mine. Highly recommend a visit especially as it is free entrance, just car parking to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Visited here as part of a weekend away in Blaenavon. Although parking is £3 (all proceeds going to the running of the attraction), entrance is free! The tour guides are all ex-miners who are very knowledgable, accommodating, but above all else - friendly and very funny! It's a great attraction for all the family and is obviously highly thought of... More 

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Swansea County, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

What a great place to visit, the underground experience is a real 'eye opener' and admission is FREE! Just £3-00 to park the car, wonderful countryside, guides that make the visit so interesting and amusing. The insight into the miners lives is really good, a visit that surprised me in the best possible way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very well presented attraction with ex miners giving humorous and informative underground tour. Museum provides an informative tour of all aspects of coal mining pitched right to appeal to children as well as more detail for adults. Add to this seeing what the equipment was like and the real experience of the hardships of working underground, with the tour. It... More 

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