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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
029 2057 3650
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Blaenavon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

You must visit big pit if in south Wales. This amazing attraction is free and you just pay £3 to park. Big pit has the ex miners showing you around and you will be taken down in the mine shaft once you are fitted with your hard hat and miners lamp. The miners are fantastic tour guides, especially Robert who... More

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Winnipeg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

On the occasion of a recent trip to south Wales to visit family and attend a wedding, my cousin suggested we go to the Big Pit. This visit was particularly significant as our grandfather had mined coal all his life (near Port Talbot) and she felt it would illustrate the experiences and hardships he endured. We were not disappointed. (Paid)... More

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Somerset UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Having been down the salt mines near Krakow and the tin mine at Geevor we were interested to see how the Big Pit would compare. Well I have to say it compares very favourably and is certainly worth a visit if you're in the South Wales area. Entrance is free although there is a £3 car parking fee but that... More

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

What an amazing place the Big Pit is. The guides are ex miners and give you first hand knowledge about what life was like down the pit. Your all given a helmet and lamp and taken down 300 ft, it was truly awesome. Our three kids loved it, even our 5 year old got right into it ! As it's... More

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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

visited big pit with my ex miner father, my first trip down a coal mine, dad said it was just like all the pits he had worked in ,even smelt the same, so i knew it was going to be good and it was,tour guide was good and friendly, lots to see and do there as it artefacts and lots... More

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South Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a brilliant attraction where you can actually go down the mineshaft and experience what life was like as a Coal Miner. Not for the feint hearted or anyone who suffers with clostrophobia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This place was just amazing. Free entry and lots to see. Its a day trip easy. 300ft below the surface you go I think. If you're claustrophobic like myself it seriously is not an issue. Even though it is dark down in the mine you still have loads of room to move around and your dry cell head tourch keeps... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

The Big Pit is a fantastic day out for all the family. All the guides are very knowledgeable as they are all ex miners and they are all very fun too. I have recommended the Big Pit to friends and family and I'd definitely come back if I was to return to the area ☺☺

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have to say this was the best trip we have ever been to. Very interactive. You get a real insight into how mines run and what it felt like to be in a mine and how tough it was before electricity. Whats more it is absolutely FREE, car park costs £3. You need to allow at least 3 hours... More

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monmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

great trip. extremely atmospheric going down the mine and feeling it first hand. the town is bleak and hard as it should be. it felt so real...

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