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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Surprisingly good.

We visited this site a few days ago. Now being 25 and 21 we had low expectations of a coal mine and... read more

Reviewed today
Alex W
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We really enjoyed our visit to Big Pit. We arrived later than intended but we were quickly sent on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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 today via mobile

We visited this site a few days ago. Now being 25 and 21 we had low expectations of a coal mine and just expected it to be bland, dirty and cold. It was quite the opposite. The guided tour was very interesting, the guide was...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed our visit to Big Pit. We arrived later than intended but we were quickly sent on the underground tour - optional - but the highlight of the visit. The tour underground takes about 50 minutes (and there are no facilities underground). Getting...More

Thank Pam307cc
Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum was good went and you could feel how the miners worked if you are bad on your feet it's quite hard as it is slippy and sometimes very low

Thank Charlie K
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you're looking to experience a coal mine, the Big Pit is definitely the best choice. First of all, entrance is free (unlike some of the other mines). Second, the tour itself is a very interesting experience. Delivered by former miners, the tour gives you...More

Thank Roy_SH
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had the ex miner Pete as our guide and couldn't have had a more knowledgeable or amusing person. We saw so much and got a real feel for what life must have been for the miners and the pit ponies! Definitely recommend this for...More

Thank Hadley100
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you've paid your £3 to park, the rest of your visit is free, (although donations are welcomed). Having arrived at 10.45am I thought that I had beaten the rush, but the waiting time for the underground mine tour was still 40 minutes, even though...More

Thank Philip S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did miss the entrance the first time but were rewarded by really great views of the heather covered countryside. At the pit there is of course the chance to go on the underground tour but there are other excellent experiences as well. Half way...More

Thank covcat70
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst staying with friends in Wales we had a chance to visit Big Pit and it was brilliant. It is well signposted and when you arrive there is plenty of parking. Car park costs £3 for the day and is pay and display. The entrance...More

Thank AngieP49
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ignore every single bad review about the Big Pit - it's truly amazing. Entry to the site and the tour of the coalmine is free, which is incredible, as they could easily charge for the museum alone, as well as the tour. All they ask...More

Thank Explorer2411
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been meaning to visit for quite a while and here we are! The sun was shining along with the sun showers that made their appearance during the day. We were taken into a room to wait and then an ex miner (tour guide...More

Thank welshdafs
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6 August 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
11 June 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
3 June 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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