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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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This is another world.

It's amazing to think people worked under these conditions in Wales only a few 10s of years ago. Don't think of this as a museum, it's an experience, and unbelievably apart from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's amazing to think people worked under these conditions in Wales only a few 10s of years ago. Don't think of this as a museum, it's an experience, and unbelievably apart from £3 to park it is completely free. On arrival you wait for the next tour to start, hand over all your possessions that might be explosive (phones, cameras,... More 

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Swansea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Free admission and a fantastic coal face tour of Big Pit with a retired miner as a guide that knew his stuff and was very comical about imparting it.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Always worth a visit . You won't be disappointed.free of charge as well . Takes you down into the ground to show you how the men worked down underground .

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Bethesda, Gwynedd UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We went there with 4 and 7 year old girls. My older one was a bit scared but she was fine later on. The beginning of the underground tour is super for kids when you got all the equipment and lamp. The tour is interesting and it is worth to visit the rest of the buildings.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

An incredible experience! Togged up like a miner you descend in the cage to begin a guided informative tour of a now closed mine. The information is excellent, and for one heart-stopping moment you are asked to switch off your torch to experience in deep darkness what it must have been like for young ventilation doorkeepers who sat in the... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I went there last week with 4 other adults and 3 children. The youngest being just tall enough to go into the mines. We all loved it. Only a few pounds to park and free entry. Straight into the queue for the mine trip. That queue lasted for about 1hr 30mins, but it was half term and a Saturday so... More 

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Exhall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

What a wonderful trip around a coal mine and to actually go underground with a funny welsh guide is the icing on the cake. The final piece of the jigsaw is the price of this entertainment , wait for it , FREE yes free no cost except a donation at the end of the day. Like everything else now days... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic, only a couple of quid to park and then free entry and a free underground tour ! we had Peter as a tour guide and he was hilarious and still really informative. A lot of the staff have previously worked in mines so know the industry better than anyone else, the tour was fantastic and we learnt so much... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We spent a lovely day last week here with children ranging from 2-12. The majority of the family and kids went down the mine and loved it. The wait to go down is long and by about 1.30 they were no longer letting people join the queue it was so long. He earlier you get there the less you will... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

What a fantastic place to visit, and its all free (apart from the cafe and gift shop and parking, unkess you have a blue badge). You go through the shop to get your tour tickets and then its a short walk to the waiting room, which is filled with information on the mine and its history so you dont get... More 

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