Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon

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Explore the underground world of a working coal mine at Big Pit National Coal Museum, dedicated to operational preservation of the Welsh coal-mining heritage. This is no ordinary "theme park" tourist attraction, and the pit props and steel bands are not for show, but for holding up the mine’s roof. The water flowing down the tunnels toward the cages is real, apart from the fact that, unlike a century ago when it splashed all over the miners’ feet, it now flows down purpose-built channels. Safety measures are strictly enforced and explained to visitors before each tour. Automatic gas monitoring systems are discreetly positioned around the tunnels, as are emergency telephones. Special talks and exhibitions are also regularly hosted by the museum. Find out how to plan Blaenavon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Although the area has a tradition of hospitality, I was still impressed by the welcome I received by so many staff here. I think they were just reopened for the first time in months and many areas...  more »
  • I came here with a friend when it was not possible to go to an exhibition in London. It did not disappoint. It is a great all weather attraction, with history, heritage and high views in abundance...  more »
  • Visited on a breezy day. Museum is well sign posted from Abergavenny and the village of Blaenavon Heritage Site. Small car park at the museum plus a few others in the area. The Big Pit car park is £3....  more »
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  • An amazing place to visit. Lots to see. Very informative and on occasions very moving. Well worth seeing.
  • Delivered so much more than I expected. What an experience and insight into how difficult and dangerous working life was for those miners. Do not miss this museum
  • Great trip. Informative and entertaining with a personal touch from the guides. Tour was shortened which is my only complaint
  • Enjoyed going here. Understand what being a miner meant. Truely unbelievable what conditions were.
  • Brilliant, v cheap few hours. V interesting and the staff were extremely friendly and great with the kids. Highly recommended.

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