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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Superb Welsh Attraction

What a super family friendly site! It's free and can occupy children whatever the weather. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Claire B
Wirral, United Kingdom

Excellent experience, and free of charge. Fun tour guides, and you get to walk through the mines... read more

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Damian B
London, England, United Kingdom
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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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Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Reviewed yesterday

What a super family friendly site! It's free and can occupy children whatever the weather. The museum really does play tribute to all the hard working miners across the generations who have worked in such a harsh environment, it was a privilege to share their...More

Thank Claire B
Reviewed yesterday

Excellent experience, and free of charge. Fun tour guides, and you get to walk through the mines underground. Interesting and fun

Thank Damian B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Arrived a little late about 11.00am. Bit disappointed to find the notice on parking meter to say underground visits were full. But the helpful staff said come back in and hour and see if there are any tickets. We went around the rest of the...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 days ago

I took the family to the mines bearing in mind I have been several times before but on this occasion the weather was unpredictable so it was busy. On our arrival at 11:30 an hour and a half after opening there were several coach loads...More

Thank ianhe211
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the visit which was my boyfriend and I's first visit. The weather was grey and dreary but that didn't put us off as there was a lot to see. The King Coal mine experience was very interactive and great fun - yet...More

Thank melons470
Reviewed 2 days ago

£3 for the car park and the rest is free. You have to be 1m to go under ground, but if you are not that tall, then there is plenty to do above ground. There is King Coal which is a brief history of the...More

Thank Nooksest1978
Reviewed 5 days ago

I'd heard a lot about Big Pit and it didn't disappoint. I'd also heard that the underground tour was a bit challenging, but in spite of being unfit and easily out of puff, I got kitted out with hard hat, lamp, battery, self-rescuer and took...More

Thank Kath-Howard
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What an amazing experience to get to know the history and efforts that went into this mine. Our tour guide being a previous mine worker was so knowledgeable and experienced that he spoke with such confidence and vigour about the hard work and commitment that...More

1  Thank Louis James H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Brilliant day out. Thoroughly enjoyed the underground tour and the guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He was an ex miner and engaged with everyone in the group, children and adults alike. The rest of the site was also very interesting. Well worth a visit...More

Thank pjg266
Reviewed 6 days ago

I live locally and have taken many visitors to the Big Pit - everyone has been immpressed and loved it. Staff are very friendly and mostly ex minors of the coal pit. Well worth the visit.

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August 6, 2017|
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Response from Melisa W | Reviewed this property |
I'm not 100% sure. I didn't see no signs for no dogs. Worth ringing them I suppose.
Christiane B
June 11, 2017|
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Response from Chris B | Reviewed this property |
I'd estimate about 30 mins (16-17 miles) from Newport by car. Buses available as follows: The number 30 bus runs from Cwmbran Bus Station to Lion Street, Blaenafon daily Monday to Saturday, including Good Friday but... More
Mariam K
June 3, 2017|
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Response from timButer | Reviewed this property |
Hi Miriam, there are no really steep steps, but quite a few stretches have to be walked bending down, so that might turn out to be difficult for mums. I would inquire thoroughly beforehand.
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