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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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What a tour!!!

Arrived in pure untouched snow, What a fantastic place to visit, the tour was amazing, the x miners made it, so funny but really informal, never knew i could learn so much in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Arrived in pure untouched snow, What a fantastic place to visit, the tour was amazing, the x miners made it, so funny but really informal, never knew i could learn so much in the time spent in there company, and its FREE, a small charge for the car park. The muesum and coffee shop lovely and a little shop so... More 

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Cardiff, Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Came here on Saturday with the family (three generations) and we all had a really great time. The underground tour is the main attraction, which was conducted by a genuine miner (not just a tour guide) and he was extremely informative and friendly. I would recommend this atraction for anyone of any age or background!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My 6 year old daughter was desperate to go to the Big Pit again so we packed up a picnic and headed off there yesterday to find it covered in snow. We were the first people there and headed straight for the underground tour. Our guide Bedrock was fantastic, he brought a lot of his humour and personal experiences into... More 

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Brampton, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We visited the big pit museum as a group of 6. It was refreshingly authentic. The original hoist is still in use and that is what you take down to the mine. Visitors are provided with a battery light and hard hat (trust me, you will need the hard hat!). All electronics must be left up top due to the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Great place to visit - so interesting, and the underground tour is so much fun. We went on a school trip with the pupils, before staying in the City Sleepover in Cardiff Bay! - great hostel for school groups! :)

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I was lucky enough to go on this trip on my birthday ! This was one of the best attractions I have been to in many years. You are taken underground by an ex-miner and he animates the visit for you. Our guide was "Slates", a genuine, warm man with a very keen sense of humour. He was able to... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I loved the whole experience,the miners were helpful and fun, learnt a lot about the history of the place etc , plus you don t get very often the chance to go into a mine!....Though you should not go if you suffer from claustophobia ..

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Went here with my wife last week, A great afternoon out for not a lot of money. The guides seem to genuinely enjoy the company, and being ex miners they really know their stuff. The exhibits and displays are very informative, and the views from the road up to it are stunning. A must see if you are in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I really enjoyed my self. Horrible weather so took a trip here to the big pit. Very educational for young children in fact adults of an age that wouldn't remember what happened with the mines. I'd definitely recommend visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Su-perb lads day out. Was made even more special by Wayne 'Smithy' Smith and his exceptional banter. Unfortunately the telescope at the view point didn't work, which was a bit of a shame. Very well sign posted and lots of room for (pricey) parking.

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