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“Educational”

Big Pit: National Coal Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Blaenavon
Certificate of Excellence
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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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Took my grandson here and he loved it, the guide was an ex miner and had my grandson enthralled with the stories!! Lovely cafe and shops all in all a brilliant day out.

Thank susanberni
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Reviewed September 5, 2017

Took our daughter and grandchildren here for a few hours. Haven't.been here since my own children were.little. The miners who guide you around the pit are really good fun and knowledgeable. We had a good laugh as well as enjoying the tour. Well worth a visit and of course it.is free.

Thank Wendy M
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Reviewed September 4, 2017

We had seen the signs on the M4 for years but finally decided to take a look - a small diversion across the Brecon Beacons National Park. Free entry was appreciated. It was like stepping back to the 1970s when coal was king... down a 100m mineshaft with out inimitable guide Peter - thank you Peter, you are living history, I really enjoyed your tour despite the best efforts of my four year old, Alex! To see the coal seam itself, especially after the Brecon Mountain Railway, really made me understand the area after more than 20 years as a tourist. I want to find out more now. Please visit this place it is an absolute gem!

1  Thank tosborne
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Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

We visited today on a rainy day. Good thing to do as it's mainly indoors.
Really get a view of what underground mines were like. This was a real functioning mine before closing in 1980. It reopened as museum in 1983.
Our guide was fantastic. He was a miner in an earlier life and could relay first-hand experiences.
We highly recommend this.

1  Thank M C
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Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

Easily located with ample parking. Free to enter but £3 car park for all day.

Great service. Lots to see and do

Well maintained and presented

Highly recommended

1  Thank Taur033
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