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Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenavon

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4.8/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • Educational, moving and memorable. The real joy of a visit is that the underground tour is led by an ex-miner. Real stories of the dangers, hardship and tragedies stick with you. From the moment it st...  read more »
  • I returned to the Big Pit with some old mates - we are all from Mining Areas of the UK in South Derbyshire an North West Leicestershire and at the Big Pit you get a real taste of what life was like un...  read more »
  • Just a marvelous journey you must not miss, 90m below surface ground level, very interesting and... its free of charge, folks... 
  • The guides are amazing with the knowledge of Big Pit, a lot of them being ex miners. I had a fantastic time even went 300 ft underground. I would do it again and again. Absolutely amazing and interesting, even kids were not bored. They were as amazed and interested as the adults and asked some really good questions. Well done Staff of Big Pit for the best day I have had. Keep up the amazing and heartfelt work
  • Weather was proper Welsh winter; driving freezing, drizzle! But still had a great time. Underground tour was superb with brilliant guide. The other exhibitions were all inside and really well done. Cafe was nice with all food freshly prepared. Superb afternoon for the whole family and free too! Would love to come back in better weather and do more of the outside including the stream train.
  • Great place, they've got it right with the guides being ex miners, really informative! There was a long wait to get down the mine but other than that it was good. £3 parking seemed a bit excessive but then again it's free!!
  • The guides with their knowledge really enhance the tours, Willing to interact with his tour, and make everyone feel welcome.
  • Fascinating experience - we loved this. Excellent information from the tour guide (a miner who brought the whole thing to life), who was especially brilliant with the children on the tour. Learned a great deal about the history of the mining industry. Don't forget to visit the museum after the tour of the mine; that's another eye opener.
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