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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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Newport, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Amazing experience, only live about 30 mins away but never visited before. Had some friends over from Norway and looking for something to do on a wet day, what a fabulous experience, not to be missed !! All the guides are ex miners and speak from the heart, the stories of young children aged 4/5 years working for 12 hours... More

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

wonderful attraction -There is no better hands on experience to show people a little of the fast disappearing mining heritage of Britain. And I was amazed to find that the whole experience (including a full guided underground tour ) was entirely free. There is an awful lot that other museums and attractions could learn .Well done Wales

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I visited this national treasure of a museum with some of my family, mainly adults & a 6yr old little girl, all we had to pay was :£3 for the parking, the entrance to our amazement was free. The staff who equipped us for the tour were ex miners, all in good humour & presented the museum in such a... More

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cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Big Pit is a great link to the past .....situated next to Blaenavon (A World Heritage Site) its an orginal coal mine where you can go down the shaft and walk around a level on a guided tour. Kitted up with a helmet/battery pack and head torch its an eye opener as what working underground was really like. The staff... More

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited many places in Wales and this one exceeded my expectations big time!!! Tour guide used to work as a miner and gave a very interesting tour!! Great knowledge and sense of humor!! Without the tour guides it would not be as interesting! They deserve a pay rise!!! This is deffinately an attraction I would agree to pay for!!!

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit! Big Pit is a lovely way of spending a day out without breaking the bank! With 'real' coal miners as tour guides we all had an amazing time!

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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

My grandfather worked down this very pit many years ago, so we wanted to take our grandchildren down to give them an insight into what conditions were like for him. Our party included one teenager, a six and seven year old, with us and their parents, and our granddaughter who has autism. The guys by the cage put them all... More

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Lingfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This was such a superb day, the drive up to the Big Pit is really scenic. The underground tour was incredibly interesting and our guide Byron was extremely knowledgeable and answered all questions. The tour and exhibitions are all free which is so rare nowadays.We will certainly return again and highly recommend this attraction to adults and children alike.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We visited the Big Pit on recommendation and were not disappointed. Personally, I found the underground tour difficult and challenging - I was anxious about being underground and I struggled with the history of the working conditions of the miners/ponies/children. Although I felt this way, I would not have missed such an important part of Welsh heritage. I have to... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We visited the Big Pit on the 20th August 2014 and it really was a fantastic day. Firstly, it was free, which I found amazing as the place can easily keep you busy for a good few hours..... if you visit all the exhibitions. You do pay for the car park, but this a few pounds so worth it, considering... More

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