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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, NP4 9XP, Wales
029 2057 3650
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Torfaen
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Had a fab day out with the children at the big pit.wayne the tour guide was great at explaining all the way through the tour & was happy to answer any question.the parking was only £3 :) we will visit the museum again in the future & take a packed lunch next time as the cafe is quite small (but... More

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Having lived in wales since I was born I can't believe we haven't taken the children there before. Fantastic experience!! The tour guide "The Monk" was excellent. Best of all it's Free apart from £3 for the car park. Well recommended ! Take a picnic and enjoy

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Lion City
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Big Pit is 47 Kms from Cardiff. Entrance is free. Had to wait for around 30 minutes in the queue, till we got the opportunity to go on the guided tour in a group. Our guide was very knowledgeable with over 18 years experience as a miner. Watches, cameras and other equipment with batteries have to be left in a... More

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Surrey, UK
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My 3 boys (under 10 but all over 1m tall to go down the mine) are Minecraft crazy so one of the things I thought to do with them this holiday was to go visit a real mine. This made me a very cool mom indeed as we had such a great time at the Big Pit Coal Mine. £3... More

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14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This was the last attraction I went to before returning to normality. £3.00 that all it cost per car - that's right you only pay for the car park, as it's free to enter. That said you would of thought this would be terrible for no entry, but no it's terrific. The guide Andrew was funny engaging and informative. There... More

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maidenhead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The Big Pit is definitely worth a visit. Our underground tour was conducted by Des, who was brilliant, witty and informative. As a National Museum, the whole visit was free - but would have been worth it even if it was not. Apart from the underground tour of the workings, there are also excellent museum displays in the old bath... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We had a lovely time took our friends to see the big pit. Our guides name was Alan and he had us in stitches he was also very informative about everything to do with pit and mining. He was also excelent with the chrildren. It was a very good day out and an amazing place to visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

We took a family trip to the Big Pit with a range of ages from 5 - 46 and had a fantastic day. Our trip down into the mine was headed by our tour guide Alan. He was amazing; informative, knowledgable, funny, interacted brilliantly with the children and the adults in the group and made the whole visit a great... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were in the area visiting Blaeavon and were recommended to visit the big pit. We didn't want to go underground as we had recently been down a mine in stoke on trent. However we found plenty to see - the displays in the bath complex were very interesting. Well worh a vist, can't believe that it is free apart... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We visited Big Pit with our 14 year old son, having had a recommendation from the receptionist in our hotel in Cardiff. It was well worth the drive and having to ask for directions! Our son was actually terrified to go so far underground but decided he would be brave and was very glad he did. Alan, our guide, an... More

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