Big Pit National Coal Museum

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Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit National Coal Museum
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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.
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Michael T
Leeds, UK313 contributions
Oct 2021
This is free to visit, although there is a £5 parking charge and donations are welcome. You have to book in advance if you want to go underground and there is simply no point in going if you are not prepared to venture underground.
Going underground is a reasonably authentic experience – you are asked to remove anything that could cause a spark, cameras and watches for example. You are then given a helmet and a miner’s lamp before getting in the cage to descend some 90 metres. A guide will take you around showing you the coal seams, where the ponies were kept and generally explaining the harsh conditions of life underground. Quite humbling to learn what miners had to endure to be able to put a loaf on the table.
Overground, there is a museum, which centres on the old wash-house for the miners and a audio-visual experience further amplifying what was involved in coal-mining.
The site is not far from Blaenavon Ironworks, and if you are coming by car, it would seem sensible to make a day of it in Blaenavon visiting both and perhaps also doing the town trail. Blaenavon is a UNESCO World Heritage site and there is a very informative tourist information office in the library.
Written October 9, 2021
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Truediamond
Scotland169 contributions
Feb 2022
We took our 5 year old grandson here during half term and had a great visit. He positively loved all the machinery and especially the trip underground. Remember, this has to be prebooked separately with the entry ticket. The whole team here was friendly and helpful and gave a great idea of what life was like when coal was King in the Welsh Valleys. Surprisingly, he was also fascinated by the Pit Baths, the concept of having neither toilet nor bath in a house was difficult for him to grasp.
Entry is free and the Car Park charge of £5/day is the same as other Museum of Wales sites like St Fagans.
Written March 3, 2022
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Mel L
London, UK27 contributions
Sep 2021 • Business
A place that you must visit. We heard about this Big Pit from a local friend. So we booked a tour for underground coal mine experience on a Sunday afternoon, which only costed 5£ per person. Due to the covid restrictions, 6 visitors were allowed in a tour. Our tour guide, Robin, was fun and knowledgeable who provided a lot of insightful historical information and personal experience about the mine. Also, 20 minute film introduction was a must to visit, too. A bit emotional overwhelmed because of such hard work and many lives had lost.
Written September 12, 2021
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sydoniebrewis
Oxford, UK90 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Such an interesting and educational experience. Not only is the surrounding countryside gorgeous, but the tour of the pit is incredibly interesting and immersive. You get to go for a full tour through the mine and really experience what it was like, our guide Steve was incredibly friendly and knowledgable and was a previous worker at the mine which just made it even more special.
The simulation was also great and the museum was very interesting, hugely recommend this experience.
The tour is free but you do have to pay for parking (they accept both card and cash).
Written October 24, 2021
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Katie B
5 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Absolutely fantastic place to visit. All of the guides were so incredibly knowledgeable and welcoming. Our family booked to go underground, felt very covid safe (minimum numbers at the moment 130 per day compared to 800 pre covid). Our guide Steve was absolutely brilliant, very fun but also answered all of the questions our 3 daughters put to him! The rest of the museum is fantastic with a simulation of life in the mine as well as the exhibitions on the equipment used and the life of a worker. We took a picnic but they also have a canteen which was well priced. Booking was exceptionally easy online. We'll worth a visit, will definitely be back!
Written August 25, 2021
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Colin M
Hastings, UK48 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is a free to enter look at life down a pit museum. When I say free, you do have to pay to park, this is £5 and a small price to pay. What made the tour was the excellent Pete, who is very passionate about the mines, also very engaging and funny with those of us on his tour. He definitely kept us engaged with his commentary and many quips as we progressed down in a cage and walking around some 90 meters below ground. This is hugely entertaining and informative and a must visit attraction of an era sadly no longer alive. All the guides and staff are fantastic.
Written May 6, 2022
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DevizesTwin
Devizes133 contributions
Mar 2020
I came here with a friend when it was not possible to go to an exhibition in London. It did not disappoint. It is a great all weather attraction, with history, heritage and high views in abundance.
The staff were fabulous. There is a cafe which offers a range of hot and cold snacks and drinks. Toilets were clean and efficient.
Essentially you have the option of a below ground extravaganza and/or plus lots of ground level interest. For photographers there are plenty of discarded heavy duty industrial mining equipment on the hillside to photograph. (Photography however is not allowed underground.) Going underground might be a challenge if you are infirm as it is essentially escorted walk tunnels which are not very tall after being lowered in a cage. The cage ride takes about 30 seconds. It is very safe. People who do not like confined spaces or the dark may also be challenged.. There are strict rules about not taking ANY batteries underground. Lockers are provided so you can leave these items secure on the surface. Allow 45/60 minutes for the underground tour. In busy days there may be some queuing time to add on. Above ground if you want to see it all allow a further 90 minutes. Photographers will probably want to spend unto 3 hours here which is time to inched 20 minutes in the cafe.
Car Parking which is an additional charge is plentiful. Admission to is free except going underground is an extra charge too. A really fabulous and unusual attraction.
Written March 17, 2020
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account2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga129 contributions
Jul 2021
Its not really a free museum, as they charge for parking, which is unfair on the single visitor. I can see why the underground tour was closed because of Covid, but they'd also closed parts of the museum for no obvious reason, so it felt very much only a part visit. And they pester you with many feedback questionaires afterwards
Written September 10, 2021
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Ian H
Manchester904 contributions
May 2022
A fascinating experience essential to understanding South Walian heritage. The underground tour was really interesting and very well done with our female guide proving engaging and full of knowledge. The museum was accessible and really well presented and I came away thoroughly enthralled.
Written May 4, 2022
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Kjenny80
Leicester, UK32 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Excellent free attraction with very friendly staff. We could have easily spent 3-4 hours there doing the underground tour, visiting the exhibitions and enjoying a cuppa! Parking was £5 per car all day and well worth it considering it was free to get in. Donations are appreciated and well deserved. Would definitely come back. Thank you
Written February 24, 2022
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