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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. Add Big Pit: National Coal Museum and other attractions to your Blaenavon trip itinerary using our Blaenavon travel itinerary planner.
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  • Superb free museum, just £3 to park all day. Unfortunately it was pouring down and we couldn't explore all of the site but very impressed that you got a free underground tour with an ex-miner, very in...  more »
  • Martyn was so good with the group and he has a passion for his job, the way he explained the workings of the mine, to has adults and kids came across so all could understand keep up the good work Mart...  more »
  • The visit to the Big Pit was one of the best experiences I have had in years, it more than lived up to my expectations, and best of all it was free apart from a £3 car park fee. You go down 300ft to t...  more »
  • Excellent and informative, filled with history. The underground tour is a must, our tour guide (known as 'Monk') brought great insight to our tour that only a coal-miner could. Although the underground tour might not be available for those who are physically challenged, the rest of the site is wheelchair accessible, and is suitable for all ages.
  • I am staggered that the place is completely free. Even the guided underground tours led by miners are free. This place deserves massive kudos. The guides are knowledgeable and very entertaining, and the place gives a very concise and accessible history of mining in the area. Hugely recommended.
  • The Big Pit is a fantastic place, a real museum constructed in an old coal mine, not some marble lined edifice filled with glass cabinets of dusty exhibits. The underground tour is a humbling experience, led by retired miners, you really get a feel for the appalling conditions in which so many worked. Well worth a visit.
  • Going down into a coal mine makes for a very interesting day out. Highly recommend and free too. As an added bonus there is a brewery 1 minute down the road, great for a cheeky half afterwards.
  • We had a superb time at Big Pitt. The underground tour was extremely interesting, with the guides being ex-miners with wonderful stories to tell, as well as a great sense of humour! The rest of the museum was also very interesting. A great thing to do on a wet day too!