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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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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Interesting, informative, this was a really good experience in understanding what it was like to be a miner and collier (one who works the coal face). It was a gruelling, hard, dirty and dangerous job and this was illustrated fully. We had hard hats and miners' lamps and we had to give up all things with batteries which could cause... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Going 300ft down and wearing fancy coal miner stuff is very cool. Please make sure you wear protective clothing as it can get cold in the mines. It was my first time inside any coal mine and it was a great experience.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The Big Pit is well worth a visit , and to go in the cage and travel 300 ft under ground, is an experience in itself, very good value

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Wrecsam, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Just got back from day trip. Really enjoyed the day every one very friendly. Especially Wayne (monk ) and Terry. Well worth a day out. I found it very moving at times . Especially when you think of the conditions in days gone by, the loss of lives the loss of many jobs when the mines closed. All the guides... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I have lived near mines for many years and seen the decline of a once great industry but I had never gone down a pit until now, as you put on your hard hat and drop down the shaft you understand what it was like to work in those conditions all very different to a clean office many of us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Our guide Robert from start to finish was absolutely amazing. His knowledge and stories brought the coldness of the pit to life. His passion for his own experiences as well as his pride for being a part of this history echoed in his words. From the minute I walked into the area to get my hat and belt, the smells... More

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orpington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Being able to go actually down the pit in the cage that miners used,shown all the problems miners once faced and some still do.The only dislike was not having the time to see half the exhibits there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Very humbling when you see what our ancestors had to do to earn a wage! Everybody should take time out to see what life was like then, makes you feel lucky to be living now.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

When we visited we found we had to pay £3 to park the car which was not a problem. We were then surprised to find entry to the museum including going underground was free. We had a fantastic guide called Peter who was an ex miner. He mad the visit as he could explain the history of what miners went... More

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

An informative and very enjoyable FREE day out, just £3 for the car park. We learnt so much about mining in South Wales and had a great trip 300 feet underground with a retired miner as our guide. It is on a large site with plenty to see and do, you could spend all day there. We sat outside the... More

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