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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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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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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Well, enlightened by our coal miners' helmets, which illuminated our way through an extremely interesting tour -- this is not just a museum! We were led by an ex-miner whose first-hand experience made his comments unusually useful. The underground walk through the mines is unforgettably involving.

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

Fascinating place, really loved the underground tour, Jake was our guide and he made it so interesting I forgot to be nervous!. All the exhibitions were very interesting. Can't believe you only have to pay for parking (and £3 is really cheap). I would have thought it well worth it had I paid £20 as at lots of other places.... More

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

I went to Big Pit today; I was blown away! Even though it takes only a few hours to get round it all! Staff were very friendly!! The tour underground really gives you a taste of history, please not that your child has to be over 1m tall and able to carry 5 kilos :) overall, brilliant trip, shop was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

As above. Please remember to take long sleeve top with you because there is quite windy and 15°C. Allan thank you very much for super funny time which we spend. Parking cost £3 but this is nothing. My 6 years old son and me really enjoyed! 5☆

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's my first time to Big Pit. I only live 30mins away but even if it was a few hours I would def travel to visit this place. Free entry and only £3 parking for the full day. All the guides there are brilliant. Makes you feel welcome and as you go into the cage to go down into the... More

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We intended to drop in here briefly on our return journey from holiday. However, we ended up spending several hours here and found ourselves being drawn through several exhibitions. We learned so much about coal mining! The underground tour and the mining gallery were particularly well put together and there is a huge amount of information in the former bath-house... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Free entry (but charge for parking). Brilliant way of learning what coal mining was like from all angles. We couldn't go on a the free underground tour as it was a rainy day and the place was very full - but it was still fascinating seeing the surface exhibits. Also a great cafe with delicious bara brith (a great Welsh... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Really worthwhile trip. Allowed about two and a half hours and really could have spent more time. With a steam railway and iron works museum close by could spend a good day visiting. The trip underground lasts about 50 minutes. The former miners who take you round are great and were very good with the youngsters. Each trip down the... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Visited Big Pit in early June. Nice sunny day and not too warm. Free entry but £3 to park, very reasonable. Underground tour available lasts around an hour & your guide is an ex-miner who is very knowledgeable & humorous. I spent about 3 1/2 hours the exhibits & museums were very informative giving an insight into the miners life... More

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