We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
Phone Number: 029 2057 3650
Website
Today
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,473 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1250
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Brilliant social history

Visited, with a friend on a Thursday in late September. A group of schoolchildren were already there so we had to wait a short while before going underground. Kitted out with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
paul o
,
CARDIFF, WALES
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in Blaenavon

Add Photo Write a Review

1,473 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,420: English reviews
CARDIFF, WALES
Level Contributor
150 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited, with a friend on a Thursday in late September. A group of schoolchildren were already there so we had to wait a short while before going underground. Kitted out with safety helmet and lamp we descended, very safely, about 700 feet in the cage. Fascinating and engaged ex miner as a guide. He was just brilliant with the children... More 

Helpful?
Thank paul o
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Go on the underground tour it's great as are the guides. It was an eye opener for us as we knew very little about the miners, coal mining or the history of it all. There were wives and children under ten working down the mines many years ago and life expectancy was not good. We spent a good 5 hours... More 

Helpful?
Thank borjeno
Aberdare, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went down under on Ivan's last "Shift" of the day and everyone was entertained, informed, and instructed expertly, eloquently and with great good humour by our guide Ivan. The " Bonky Boys" (banksmen) and everyone else concerned were great, and they made me remember fondly the banter and fun we had in dirty dark and dangerous circumstances 60 years... More 

Helpful?
Thank William K
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

How amazing to go down into a real life coal mine! The guide was a former miner who explained life underground in an interesting and informative way. We were surprised to find that entry was free....we only had to pay for the parking. We took the opportunity to eat in the Miners' canteen.....food was good quality and a reasonable price... More 

Helpful?
Thank Alison C
Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took grand children aged 4 - 8 years old. Explored the various areas of the pit head as well as a trip underground. The trip underground was the highlight as we were given a detailed insight into how life was for miners across the lifetime of the pit. The guide whose name was Wayne was very informative as well as... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rosymog
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Three guests from different parts of England visited me in greater Caerphilly and we had a bit of a whirlwind Welsh experience over two days. First day was Cardiff and the bay, and the second was our 'magical history tour'. First stop, a gander at Caerphilly castle, second - St. Fagans and then in a late decision we went to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Connor F
Bristol, UK
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took our hyperactive 7 year old son and calm and collected 12 year old daughter to Big Pit yesterday. There is lots to see and do there for kids and adults alike and the staff were incredibly nice and helpful. (In particular, the gentleman who gave us the underground tour as he went out of his way to keep... More 

Helpful?
Thank RiverMonster
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My daughter had visited this mining museum a few weeks earlier and decided to take me on the two and half hour journey to get there from the Potteries in Stoke as I had worked in the plts here locally , the museum has good car parking at £3 we were very soon waiting to go underground after being given... More 

Helpful?
Thank Geoff B
Blaenavon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

really interesting. the guides are so informative and friendly. makes you understand what it must have been like to work in a mine - sometimes it was pitch black. well worth a visit.

Helpful?
Thank angie j
Vienna, Austria
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Former colliers take you underground and tell about the life and work in the mine. Absolutely authentic. Also the audio-visual show in a simulated mine shaft is very impressive. Both adults and children enjoyed it.

Helpful?
Thank Martin A

Travelers who viewed Big Pit: National Coal Museum also viewed

 

Been to Big Pit: National Coal Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Big Pit: National Coal Museum and other visitors
8 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (8)

Questions? Get answers from Big Pit: National Coal Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?