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“You must go it was really excellent”

Big Pit National Coal Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Blaenavon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We would thoroughly recommend Big Pit it was excellent all of the staff were so helpful and knowledgeable the entire day was 10 out of 10!!!!!Could not believe that it was free which is excellent as it means that everyone can go. I am sure many pampered children and teenagers will never forget this experience especially when they hear how hard the miners and their families worked and what terrible conditions they had to work in. It was an experience that I will never forget thank you to all the staff

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank yvette115
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Been here loads of times in the past and every time I'm learning something new. The guides are so informative having been ex miners themselves, and are excellent with interacting with children and getting them involved during the tour. Would highly recommend visiting this place

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank fproudfoot1689
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We took our 8 year old daughter here and she thoroughly enjoyed it. We were amazed from the time we arrived to the time we left. So interesting to see what people had to endure back in the day.

We went on the underground tour. Our tour guide was Andrew and he did his job extremely well. As a miner previously himself he was able to relay what the situations was like really well. The underground tour took just short of an hour.

We can’t beleive that something like this is all free (exception of £3 parking fee).

It’s an absolute Welsh gem and makes us very proud to be Welsh and proud of the miners who put their lives at risk to mine.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Wales20102013
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

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 attraction is a guided tour around an old working coal mine. It lasts around 50 minutes and you get a real appreciation of what life was like for the miners. You are given a hard hat and a lamp before being taken down in the cage. The tour is lead by old miners them selves. We were guided by Andrew who injected a great amount of information and humour. The ceilings are low and floor very uneven with some steps so not recommended for people with bad mobility.
As well as the tour there are various other building to look around such as the hospital, machine room and bath house.
There is a cafe on site if you get peckish. We spent around 2 hours here.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ramthetraveler
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

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, The engaging ex miner who showed us around 90 metres below ground was excellent. Those with claustrophobia, lack of mobility or fear of dark would best ask before embarking on the 50 minute underground tour as there were steps, a brief appreciation of total darkness and some reduced height roofs to contend with. However, it is wholly recommended and one of the most meaningful museum experiences I have ever had,

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank bristolphil
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