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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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Whilst covering a huge site, this attraction is well worth a visit. You must do the underground tour. My wife hates lifts and confined spaces - she did it and enjoyed it! Can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Whilst covering a huge site, this attraction is well worth a visit. You must do the underground tour. My wife hates lifts and confined spaces - she did it and enjoyed it! Can only give a taster of what life was like for miners but well worth it. Be warned - the cafe and exhibition is at the top of... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Take advantage now of having former miners show you around - it really does add to the experience. There can be a bit of a wait to start the guided tour (and why the car park ticket machine has to be so far from where you have probably parked your car is hard to comprehend) but given that there is... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

visited for the second time to find the museum even bigger and more interactive for the children, very atmospheric place, you can feel the history, very knowledgeable staff and guides, makes the experience even better, going down into the pit is a must, good work, keep it up.

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Neath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Took a visiting American work colleague who'd never been down a mine before to see Big Pit. He was immediately impressed that it was free of charge, and after been kitted up with helmet, lamp and self-rescuer (a device to help you breath if gas levels are high) we headed down the shaft with a party of other visitors to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I spent a few hours there today. The staff there makes it a success. All were knowledgeable, informative and courteous. If you haven't been there, it is a must on your bucket list.

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Swanley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

While on a two day trip to the area visited the Big Pit. Really interesting trip underground, and great displays regarding all things mining related, including building tunnels in the first world war which I found fascinating. We were also azed that there was no charge for all this education. A first class experience followed up by an 8 mile... More 

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Wow! £3 to park but are you ready for this? Entrance is free! We spent a thrilling hour down pit with a fantastically witty and enthusiastic welsh guide (an ex miner) who had the children who were there "working" opening doors etc and if the ride up and down in the cage wasn't enough we spent another fantastic hour exploring... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Would never have thought off going to a "coal museum", but the hotel we stayed at recommended it and what a suggestion! A superb immersive experience, we only got there late in the afternoon so will be going back to do the full mine tour and spend more time there. After having been, this trip is easily worth paying for,... More 

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Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

An amazing afternoon.... Steve, our tour guide, was passionate about his industry and shared his experiences with the group. Well worth a visit but also sad that this industry is reduced to memories and historical sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The first pleasant surprise was that admission is free! The staff are without exception, pleasant, knowledgeable, entertaining and informative. Obvious precautions have to be taken like not being allowed to take anything underground that might cause a spark! Hard hats are provided and a miner's lamp too. This was a productive coal mine not so long ago and coal seams... More 

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