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“Amazing”

Big Pit National Coal Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Blaenavon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

I went with my two daughters of 10 and son of 7 and my husband. As soon as we got there we went for the mine tour, it was busy but we didn't wait long. We've put the gear on and went down with a tour guy who used to work in the mine! The kids absolutely loved it, every single minute of it. The tour guide explained every single detail, was ready to answer any question and was also really friendly! After the mine tour we saw the other areas everything was very interesting even for the children!

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

We have been before, but this time around, one of the miners recognised my husband and shouted [what you doing here Dai] IT WAS SPEACIAL,it does show that these men are x coal miners and still working, they know all about mining, it is fantastic day out for children, they must take notice of other young children, having to go down the mines, to get some money to top up the family income. Maybe learn a valuable lesson.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Hilda W
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

You must visit this place, it's truly amazing, great experience and learnt so much about the coal mining industry. The museum is run by ex-miners who are so funny and full of information about their experiences working in the mine. The trip is down the lift and then a tour of the underground mine, you can never experience any thing like thing in any other museum.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank bshaw711
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

Took 4 grandchildren (11, 10, 9 & 5). They all said they really enjoyed it and would like to return. Loved the way the guide explained lots of things which they understood. Children found it exciting and can't wait to tell their teachers.

Only draw back to the day was the cafeteria. Food wasn't cheap and the meal choices weren't great. All the kids complained that their food wasn't hot, the 5 year old said her chips were cold and I agreed with her, everything was luke warm. I was glad I chose not to eat. The older children ate adult portions of sausage (2), beans and chips and packaged fish, beans and chips and all had a drink. All children weren't impressed. I wish we had bought a picnic as it was £29.50 wasted.

Would return to the pit but never eat there again. Thanks to the guides they were terrific, they get 100%.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Jacky099
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

Its always interesting, to me at least, to learn about other industries and the ways that people made their living. The tour guides are very good and the experience is worthwhile, particularly now that most working people have little experience of manual labour.
Whatever your politics you cant help but think that deep pit mining was a horrible way of living

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Howard E
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