Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit National Coal Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kathy T
    Bristol, United Kingdom290 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant day out
    A ray my day forced us to look at going here and to be honest I’m so glad it did but sad I’ve missed out on it for such a long time. This is a fantastic attraction relying on donations and a £5 car parking ticket. The tours are run by ex-miners who know what they’re talking about. Our guide had a very dry sense of humour and had us in stitches in between getting the message across of how tough and dangerous it was back in the day. It’s a slick well run operation with plenty to see and do whatever the weather! The canteen however is a missed opportunity. It needs an upgrade to the menu and a look at speed of service- it has huge potential and is missing out on an opportunity to contribute to the experience and revenue.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Peter H
    Cotignac, France348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to spend 3 or 4 hours and super value
    We took our 8 year old Grandson and all found it really interesting. The mine tour was excellent, and the queue only about 30 minutes without paying for priority access. Whilst parking is charged the museum itself is free so superb value for money. We also had lunch in the canteen, which was good quality and good value. Would definitely recommend
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • justlittleoldme2014
    Bristol, United Kingdom85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely worth going to
    Absolutely brilliant day out. I was shocked the parking was £5 but inside was free I didn’t realise how much there was to see and do it’s well worth the fiver and then some! We went down into the depths on a tour with (Steve maybe) he was terribly funny and very informative, your safety being important to them. Lots of buildings to go into to see various things and a little soft play for the kids. We’ll def go again blown away by value for money as a single parent money matters so it will be a family favourite thanks so much!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Caitlin H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phil ❤️
    I went to Big Pit for the first time as an adult yesterday, having not been since school and I am so gutted I left it so long! The tour was incredible, as was our guide Phil, who made us laugh the entire time and knew so much history about the colliery. He kept the children engaged the entire time - making my daughter want to go and queue for a second tour! All the staff on the grounds are friendly and knowledgeable. There is a canteen at the top of colliery which is reasonably priced - with delicious coffee and Welsh cakes! Will definitely be returning and won’t be leaving it 15 years this time!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • ChrisStanderwick1984
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MUST SEE
    We came here as a family. My two daughters aged 9 and 11 absolutely loved it. For anyone wishing to stay near by we stayed in King Street Apartments, Abertillery (Airbnb) absolutely fantastic. I’m sure the tour guide who took us round was called Steve he was brilliant as was the rest of the staff. Paid £5 for parking but the whole experience was epic and free.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Melanie A
    Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST SEE!
    Wow, what an amazing time we had. Iain our guide was so funny & informative. All the ex miners we spoke to were so passionate about the mines & had lots of stories to tell - some funny, some tragic. Going into the mine is something everyone should do at least once just to experience it. The ex miners won't be around forever & the real stories won't be told, so if you are reading this, please visit. We all loved the whole site & learning lots even though none of us had any interest in mines or the history behind it. It's also unbelievable that the whole thing is free except the car park. You can pay £5 pp to skip the queue, we didn't & only waited about 20 mins. We ate in the canteen which was really nice, we had a pastry with chips. There was also cakes , hot & cold drinks available. We would all highly recommend visiting Big Pit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • liverpool1023
    London, United Kingdom1,141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip from London
    I did the trip as a day trip from London taking the train from Paddington to Newport a five minute walk to stand 16 at the bus station and then the rather long trip on the X24 up the Usk valley. I had a quick look around the town but not much was stirring. The workmen’s institute is closed on Thursdays and the heritage centre is worth a quick look in. I had a timed jobaknock ticket that guaranteed the time of my pit visit. The big pit should win some kind of gong from World Heritage. It is brilliantly well executed. You need two to three hours at the site to do it justice. The pit visit is the highlight with around 50 minutes spent underground. The guides are brilliant; good humoured, engaging and informative. The exhibition is old school - avoiding the superficial nature of some other modern museums. It’s gets the balance right by being both accessible but really detailed and involving. The underground exhibition (King Coal) on mechanisation was also really well done and very interesting. Overall, come away from the site with a sense of passion and pride in the areas mining heritage.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Anon28824
    115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day out
    A great day out for a group of 10 (family). Our Underground Tour guide was really engaging and enthusiastic, and she made it into a game with the 4 and 5 year old in our group, when we switched our lamps off for 30 seconds - so they didn't freak out in the pitch black. All the staff were friendly, and facilities were clean.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • matney1974
    Waltham Forest, United Kingdom130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience
    Went to this museum while camping in the area. What a wonderful experience it was to go down an actual coal mine. The staff were so friendly and our guide was so friendly funny and explained the who experience extremely well especially with children in the party. A must see if your visiting the area
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Gie F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience and humbling to learn what people endured
    A wonderful time, made special by genuine people who love ❤️ what they do. I took my child to teach her what men women and children endured so we could have a fire and electricity. The entire family learned and were in amazement at the danger and horrific working conditions. May God bless all the miners. And thank you, also great value for just the parking fee.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
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Mel L
London, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Business
A place that you must visit. We heard about this Big Pit from a local friend. So we booked a tour for underground coal mine experience on a Sunday afternoon, which only costed 5£ per person. Due to the covid restrictions, 6 visitors were allowed in a tour. Our tour guide, Robin, was fun and knowledgeable who provided a lot of insightful historical information and personal experience about the mine. Also, 20 minute film introduction was a must to visit, too. A bit emotional overwhelmed because of such hard work and many lives had lost.
Written September 12, 2021
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NandR
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Having visited the mine mamy years ago i decided to expose my wife to experience the trip around,down and through an ex-working coal mine, it left her with a lasting impression of the hardships of the men and animals that literally gave their lives to bring coal to the surface. The staff were informative and witty in explaining the workings of the mine. The shop was well stocked, unfortunately the cafe was closed. The premises, including the toilets,were clean. To be able to visit this museum for free is a privilege and hopefully all visitors make a donation to help it's upkeep.
Written January 8, 2020
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sydoniebrewis
Oxford, UK94 contributions
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Oct 2021 • Couples
Such an interesting and educational experience. Not only is the surrounding countryside gorgeous, but the tour of the pit is incredibly interesting and immersive. You get to go for a full tour through the mine and really experience what it was like, our guide Steve was incredibly friendly and knowledgable and was a previous worker at the mine which just made it even more special.
The simulation was also great and the museum was very interesting, hugely recommend this experience.
The tour is free but you do have to pay for parking (they accept both card and cash).
Written October 24, 2021
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Katie B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Absolutely fantastic place to visit. All of the guides were so incredibly knowledgeable and welcoming. Our family booked to go underground, felt very covid safe (minimum numbers at the moment 130 per day compared to 800 pre covid). Our guide Steve was absolutely brilliant, very fun but also answered all of the questions our 3 daughters put to him! The rest of the museum is fantastic with a simulation of life in the mine as well as the exhibitions on the equipment used and the life of a worker. We took a picnic but they also have a canteen which was well priced. Booking was exceptionally easy online. We'll worth a visit, will definitely be back!
Written August 25, 2021
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Lynda C
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Fab visit to the Big Pit coal mine with family.
Friendly approachable staff who made it interesting & fun. It is a free exhibit but donations are gratefully received & donation boxes are around. You can book online & pay aporox £5 for a booked fasttrack timed ticket if wanted.
You book in, climb stairs then sit waiting to be called forward to be fitted with safety helmet, light & battery equipment. All electronics need to be given in including mobile phones, watches etc as it is a safety need but all is locked away safely.
Then experience the journey down in the lift underground, walk under low beams & need to duck at times especially if tall but all good fun. See & hear about the men, women & children who worked & what they did, see where the ponies were kept, see the equipment & feel the atmosphere. Area on ground level to see the canaries & other exhibits too.
Toilets available on ground level but cafe was shut (there was another cafe up a steep walk but unable to do this due to disability). There was a stall selling cold drinks outside tho.
Good for adults & children. Not appropriate for dogs.
I think there was a disabled route but closed on the day we went. Main route we did you need to be able to walk upstairs, use a lift & walk on wet slippy floors underground but there is a small handail on right side most of the time.
Enjoyable interesting trip that I would be happy to do again
Written August 22, 2022
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Truediamond
Scotland199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We took our 5 year old grandson here during half term and had a great visit. He positively loved all the machinery and especially the trip underground. Remember, this has to be prebooked separately with the entry ticket. The whole team here was friendly and helpful and gave a great idea of what life was like when coal was King in the Welsh Valleys. Surprisingly, he was also fascinated by the Pit Baths, the concept of having neither toilet nor bath in a house was difficult for him to grasp.
Entry is free and the Car Park charge of £5/day is the same as other Museum of Wales sites like St Fagans.
Written March 3, 2022
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Michael H
Martock, UK594 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
A terrific experience for young and old. A real coal mine now turned into a museum. The underground tour gives a realistic insight into conditions underground and a good idea of how the mine was worked. The pit head baths demonstrate another aspect of mine life capturing mining history as well recent history regarding the closing of the mines. There is a galleries features, which shows some of the more up to date mining methods, comparing them with the more traditional ways. Entry to the complex is free but parking is £3. Plenty of parking available. After April 1st it is possible to buy a £5 priority pass to give preferential access to the underground tours. Remarkably the underground tour can offer a wheelchair facility. Expect a great day out, to learn a lot about mining and coal, and expect to experience some real Welsh humour. Highly recommend.
Written March 10, 2020
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Sue W
Thame39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I loved being able to go down underground, kitted out with hard hat, head torch and other gear. We went down in the ‘cage’ and had a wonderful guide who explained some of the history of the pit and coal mining in general. Our guide included adults and children in his commentary and was extremely engaging.
I also loved the fact that the whole entrance fee was the £5 car park ticket for the car and it’s passenger, although, you could make a contribution at the end of our tour underground as well, it was not mentioned or requested. It made it a cheap outing for families instead of some of the extortionate entrance fees at some attractions.
The Bath House was also fascinating with its rows of showers and banks of lockers with information about some real miners and their work both back when the mine was in private hands and later once it was nationalised. This building also had some information about mining in general and the real dangers of the industry.
Altogether, a really interesting and worthwhile visit which made me appreciate the hardships of miners and the conditions in which they worked.
Written October 31, 2022
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Chris
Keswick, Cumbria32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Highly recommend visiting Bit Pit. A fascinating underground tour being shown the old workings. Emma, the guide was enthusiastic, knowledgable and left us with pure respect for the miners who worked the mines. Wouldn’t recommend anyone who is claustrophobic going underground, however there is an excellent re-creation above ground which you can walk through and which gives you the feel for what the mines were / are like. Very friendly cafe at the top of the site where smashing home-made cakes were on sale. As part of the same building the old mine shower / locker areas held a really interesting exhibition. Went there expecting to spend an hour and ended up staying for 4. Very interesting and we’ll done. Highly recommended.
Written May 26, 2022
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Vivienne H
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My husband and I, along with my parents, visited the Big Pit National Coal Mining Museum on the 2nd of July, and we were not disappointed. Situated in the picturesque Brecon hills, this museum provides a fine reminder of a sadly departed industry which provided the heart of many a Welsh community. Although the current COVID-19 restrictions deprived us of the opportunity to descend into the pit workings, the enthusiasm and passion of the staff, who were former miners from the Welsh coalfields, more than compensated, especially when they were explaining about the mining structures or equipment, or providing personal recollections and anecdotes about their time as miners. My husband and I look forward to returning here when the opportunity permits.
Written July 2, 2021
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