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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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Address: Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
Phone Number: 029 2057 3650
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Take a unique underground tour of a real coalmine, where hundreds of men,...

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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Enjoyable day for family

Attended today thought the guide and other ex miners were amazing especially with my 3 year old daughter Sofia! All completely made a fuss of her and made the underground tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Stephen S
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Ystradgynlais, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutley gutted. Heard so much about this place over the years but to be honest it was in my opinion very dissapointing! Would definatley not go back there! The staff were freiendly enough but it was very boring and definatley not a trip for young children. The food was also quite costly.

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Thank RWP85
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Attended today thought the guide and other ex miners were amazing especially with my 3 year old daughter Sofia! All completely made a fuss of her and made the underground tour informative and interesting for children! I have not been since I was in primary school which is bad considering I live a 10 minute drive from there, I suppose... More 

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Thank Stephen S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was a wonderful day! The employers we're full of interesting information. Amazing views and going down into the mines was an excellent experience. If you want a family day out I recommend it!

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Thank Mali F
Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant day out. Woke up early and made the journey from West Wales, well signposted from the M4. £3 for the car park was the only charge of the day. Amazing. Arrived at about 11am and were shown straight into the underground experience where under "Smithy's" charge, we went underground for about an hour. Great crack with the miners especially... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped by on the way home (after noticing some road signs to the attraction). I was very impressed by the amount of effort put in. The tour took about 50mins underground, and they ran pretty regularly. Our tour guide was very good with the kids in the group and also incredibly informative. I wish we could have stayed for... More 

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Usk, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful experience - if anyone wondered where coal came from - go and have a look - there is a mockup of a modern mine but also the opportunity to get in 'the cage' and decend to the bottom of the mine. The pit head bathhouse (now a museum) is well worth a look

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like many resident to South Wales I went to Big Pit when in school, well that was an awfully long time ago now. Having recently gone with my nephews I have to say that apart from a very long queue to get in (it was a bank holiday to be fair) the entire experience was brilliant. Genuinely the staff (most... More 

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Thank McGregor Y
Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a gem - a great chance to go underground and learn about Wales' important heritage. The people who gave this one star turned up in August and couldn't go on underground! Go figure........we went in January - hint: it is the same temperature all year round underground. Got on the tour straight away. One gripe - appauling... More 

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Thank DexterOGrady
Lydney, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An underground museum, all free - just the coffee and cake to pay for. Went over the Xmas period when the weather was damp and dull. Once underground you forget the weather, the temperature is the same there no matter what it is doing above. The ex-miners who are now tour guides are very knowledgeable and great with children.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful day out - and for free! We enjoyed a mine tour, led by Robert. He managed to pitch the tour just right - enough information for the adults, and enough fun and activity for the kids. We were glad to have warm clothes and good shoes, and that the tour guides could lock up our bags and valuables.... More 

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