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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  • We were recommended to visit the pit by a previous visitor and what a recommendation. There is parking on site which is pay and display at £3 all day. The museum its self is free of charge. The main a...  more »
  • This (free) museum gave our family a far greater appreciation than we had previously of the harsh lives of those working in the mines. Our two grandsons ( 7 & 9 ) learnt so much in a couple of hours, ...  more »
  • We rang up to find out how busy it would be on Saturday 24th March and the staff helped up plan our trip. Arrived about 11am and within 15 mins, we were putting on mining hats and lights and heading d...  more »
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  • A M A Z I N G! I love that it used to be a working coal pit. I love that the guides are the men who used to work the pit and I love the canaries in the cages which were used to keep all the workers safe. I love that the canteen was still being used as a canteen but now for all the visitors not only the staff. I love that there is no entry fee, only the cost of parking your car next door, but donations are appreciated. I love the history and the guided tour underground and learning about the pit ponies amongst other things... you MUST visit.
  • Went during the 6 weeks holiday with my partner and 7 year old daughter. Was very busy, waited 45 minutes for the mine tour. We all really enjoyed the tour, the staff had lots of information and stories to share. Particularly liked it when they turned all the lights off to see how dark it was. Gift shop has lots of choice and reasonably priced Great experience, get there early to avoid queue's.
  • Excellent. Just excellent. The guided tour of the mine was fascinating as was the rest of the mining area, workshops, baths and a great cuppa at the end. The guide was fantastic, hilarious and answered any questions. A brilliant place to visit. It is all free (paid by the Welsh heritage foundation) but there is a donation box as the guides are not allowed to take tips. So make sure you throw in a couple of pounds at the end. I live in Newport and didn't realise what a treasure we had right on our doorstep.
  • Lovely countryside the big bit is located in. The people that worked through those decades in the pit had a hard way of earning a living. We have it so easy today don't know how lucky we have life those workers had what you could call it difficult. Fair play to the people who worked there.
  • Loved it here but very sad especially the King Coal film. What a terrible waste. Loved the canteen food and all staff were very friendly and helpful. Great day out should be compulsory history lessons in UK schools. These people slaved to make UK great. They deserve our respect and gratitude. Well done! :-)
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