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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, NP4 9XP, Wales
029 2057 3650
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Torfaen
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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Exmouth, Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Visited the Big Pit on the first day of "Miner's Fortnight" - 28th July. Amazing free attraction, only paid for the car park - £3. We went with our two children aged 9 (girl) and 7 (boy). From the moment we arrived the children were totally engrossed and engaged having no previous idea of the history of coal mining. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Popped in to visit on our way home from Merthyr to the Midlands. Had limited time but managed to take in the underground tour. Brilliant guiding from a lovely ex-collier, Richard, who brought everything to life with his stories and Dry local humour mixed in with poignant recollections of the past history of the coal mining industry in South Wales... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We recently toured Big Pit and it was amazing. The history of coal mining, including the human cost, should never be forgotten. This tour was very educational, and was one of the highlights of our trip to Wales. I am proud of my great-grandfather who began work in the mines at the young age of 7, and this tour made... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is probably my third time in Big Pit (my wife says she has been there 4 or 5 times). I must admit that I enjoyed it as much this time as the first. The tour underground is fascinating and made a lot more interesting by 'real-life' miners who can tell stories of what life was like for them underground... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Not being so interested in Industrial Revolution or mining, I was reluctant to visit this. However, the underground tour is really worth it. The guide was very informative and entertaining, and you really get a feel as to what the conditions were like (horrible!). The stables were particularly horrifying. It is important to wear sensible shoes as the mines are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really interesting and excellent place to visit. The underground tour was fantastic with a great guide. Entry was free too! My children loved it too. Definitely a must see when in South Wales.

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Inveraray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were attracted by the prospect of being able to go underground and see a real coal mine and got much more than we expected. Our guide (Smithy) was excellent - being shown a mine by someone who has worked down a pit brings so much more to the experience. You know what you're being told is real and you... More

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Inveraray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is no ordinary museum. Your chance to hear it from the horse's mouth as guides are ex-miners. Fantastic and well worth a visit. The only complaint I have, is signage to get to the museum wasn't easy to follow. This should not detract from a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

At first we considered not going to Big Pit as the journey from Cardiff City Centre was 2 hours by bus and it was a derelict area. However after researching the Museum we decided to make the trip. It was a great decision. The journey aside when we went in we were given four tickets to go on the Underground... More

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Our visit to Big Pit was very interesting, humbling, educational and fun, all in one ! Being a former working mine it is obviously very realistic,but it is all brought to life by the very knowledgeable, informative and humorous ex miners who act as guides. They just seem to see humor in everything ! In addition to the mine the... More

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