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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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Whenever we have visitors to stay we always take them to Big Pit (we live live fairly near) and this weekend we took our Scottish visitors to Blaenavon to experience the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Whenever we have visitors to stay we always take them to Big Pit (we live live fairly near) and this weekend we took our Scottish visitors to Blaenavon to experience the underground tour. It was, as always, excellent. Our guide this time was called Smithy and as an ex miner, he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the pit.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Interesting and amusing tour down Big Pit coal mine. No longer a working pit of course, but tour lead by ex miners so really know their stuff. Real feel for the history of the place, bleak and beautiful, interesting exhibition. £3 for the car park but museum and tour free and well worth the car park fee especially if like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

After having a slight problem finding it, the Sat Nav got us quite near, but not right there, we were lucky and walked straight onto the tour, the first thing that struck me was the power packs for the light on your helmet were so much lighter than last time I went, which was great, especially if you have children... More 

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Feltham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Visited this attraction last week while on holiday in Abergavenny - well worth the visit. There is no entrance fee, just a £3 charge for the car park, which in today's current financial climate is pretty damn good ! I would suggest gettting there as it opens to avoid having to queue too long if you wish to do the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The tour and history are experiences not to be missed. It may be a bit problematic if you get antsy in caves, but tough it out! The guides are excellent...ours had been a miner himself and was able to provide personal insights into the life. If you have read the book and/or remember the film How Green Was My Valley... More 

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Newbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very helpful staff and a wonderful experience, not to be missed. Great underground tour, but also lots to see above ground, and it is free apart from a modest car parking charge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

unless you are claustrophobic or scared of the dark you'll love it all.it's FREE!,but it's that good that i'd pay if req'd.(i always leave a donation).very atmospheric underground with all the safety gear on. well worth popping over the hill towards Abergavenny if you love a good vista!

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Jamberoo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It gave me a chance to connect with the type of environment and conditions that my father would have experienced when he worked underground in this pit in the 1920s as a 14yr old.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

£3 car park charge and free entry, definitely worth a visit. A very good insight of how mining was back in the day. Went early so was on the 2nd tour. Steve our guide was a local ex miner so had full knowledge and could answer all questions thrown at him. A helmet, light and belt had to be put... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

I would like to thank Smithy our tour guide for a fun and interesting experience. This was the first time I had ever been to The Big Pit and it was fab thanks to Smithy and the others. As you can see Smithy photobombed us :) Thank you again for the amazing experience. Xx

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