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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Nothing but the best

We expected good, we got excellent. The highlight was our underground tour with Peter, an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great underground tour

Took the underground tour on a cold and wet day, but below the weather is always the same. Great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago

We expected good, we got excellent. The highlight was our underground tour with Peter, an ex-miner, and trainee guide Emma. It was highly informative, frequently laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes (for me anyway) emotional. The guides were interested in our family stories (no, really!), they obviously...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the underground tour on a cold and wet day, but below the weather is always the same. Great guide, funny and informative. The elevator takes you some 90 m below and then you’re off for about an hour with lot’s of funny and more...More

Thank J0han1969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the underground tour ws amazing as well as the whole site so much to do and see, learned a lot about the life of a miner in a positive way. talikng to ex miners brought the experience alive. Lots to do for all age groups...More

Thank rita W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second visit to big pit. The workers are always very helpful and genuinely interested in any questions you might have. There are two different paths around the mines but both are very good but slightly different. The cafe is quite good and...More

Thank Tiri2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guided tour of the former coal mine was incredible. Without a doubt the highlight was meeting our guide - an ex-miner - and hearing about what it was like to work there. The camaraderie between all the staff was especially fun - everyone was...More

Thank happytraveller408
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my boyfriend in August this year. It was a good experience, alot to do and learn about. Perfect for all the family, young and old, I saw all age groups there. Very informative, also there were some good laughs as well. I...More

Thank linx_90
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us went to the big pit.and had a great day out well about 4 hours. staff are great and so is the whole museum. a must see for all ages.

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived early afternoon and did the underground mine first. The guide was witty, funny and so knowledgeable. Was really interesting. The ceilings are low in some places. Didn’t have a massive amount of time for the rest of it but did the mining exhibition....More

Thank Joshua W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went with some old friends who live locally. Dave had done a coal mining apprenticeship before joining the RAF. Apart from parking the car too close to the bike rack the trip there was uneventful (the bike rack is nowhere near the car park,...More

Thank Alistair E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our Australian visitors had just one full day in South Wales. With a father who had mined at Bedwas colliery before going down under it was a must visit place. The tour guides didn’t let us down delivering a fascinating insight to a harsh history...More

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August 6, 2017|
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Response from Laurie R | Reviewed this property |
I saw lots of canine visitors - and apart from not letting them down into the mine, I'm certain they would be welcomed.
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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