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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: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Specialty Museums, 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...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

I came from the county of Kent where a few mines existed and I had been an electrical Eng working on these sites many years ago as an outside contractor. So was very interested to visit the Big Pit. Certainly not disappointed. A huge amount to see and take in. Very experienced ex miners as guides in themselves colorful characters.... More 

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Cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Have visited big pit several times. It is a brilliant attraction and best of all its free! The tour underground is informative and interesting and the children are involved. The guides are friendly and happy to answer any questions. Would highly recommend. Just to add have visited in very bad wind and rain (may want to ring first) but as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Our trip to Big Pit was excellent. All of the staff, from the shop to the cafe, were really friendly, helpful and welcoming. But it's the guides and ex-pit men that make this such a real experience. Our guide, Smithy, shared his amazing wealth of experience and knowledge with our group of six visitors, evoking a real sense of what... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Well worth going! December is obviously not peak season and it was nice to just have a small group of us and I felt it made it more personal. The people who work here are former colliers and they are all so friendly. We took a tour down the mine shaft and our guide was really good and he threw... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This was a truly memorable experience. Firstly, everyone had to put on the same gear as a coal miner, leave behind all electronic gadgets, and then squeeze into the elevator cage to descend into the pit. Once in the tunnels, the guide, who are former miners, took us through the various stages and processes in the daily routine of a... More 

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Coleford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Went for the afternoon after hearing such good things about Big Pit. It was very interesting and the guide was fantastic. Well worth a visit to learn more about Welsh culture and history.

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Detroit
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

If you want to understand Wales at all, do not miss this preserved actual mine site. It was the single most riveting spot for me. To see what the men, and even women and very small children endured, as well as the animals, will stay with me forever. Be sure to go down deep into the mine or you will... More 

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Reading, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We enjoyed our tour of the big pit and definitley recommend if you are in the general vicinity. As a group of 4 adults we spent just over 2 hours here. As well as the mine tour which, as others have commented, was excellent, informative and fun, I also enjoyed the museum - reading the bio's of previous workers in... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I found Big Pit very interesting and at first I was'nt interested at all in visiting it,but when I heard the stories and saw the place with my own eyes this changed everything in my feelings because we take things so for granted that we do not even think that others might have suffered in such a way to get... More 

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Blaenavon, Wales, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

a great place to go but it was hell to work there as my dad work there down on his side to move 10 ton of coal a day jest to keep his family fed and a roof over there head

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