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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Big up big pit.

Fantastic. Such a great place. The miners are extremely knowledgeable, the mine itself is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lottie P
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Southern Wales, United Kingdom
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An out of this world trip

Take a trip down underground with real genuine miners. Go down in the cage to pit bottom to see and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Clive J
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Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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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.
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Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
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+44 29 2057 3650
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic. Such a great place. The miners are extremely knowledgeable, the mine itself is incredible and the above ground exhibitions are excellent. A great look at Welsh history.

Thank Lottie P
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Reviewed yesterday

Take a trip down underground with real genuine miners. Go down in the cage to pit bottom to see and hear we’re they mined for the black gold. Get to experience what would have been like as small boy or girl to work in total...More

Thank Clive J
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Reviewed yesterday

My brother and I visited on a weekday afternoon when children were at school. We waited only 25 minutes to join a tour. Travelling down the mineshaft in the cage is a great experience, even though the speed we went down is nothing compared to...More

Thank Robert J
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Don't bother with the under ground tour if disabled. I walk with sticks but when I got to the head of the queue I was told I could only go underground if I used a wheelchair. This was not mentioned when we got the tickets...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An excellent Coal Museum with superb guides who are ex-miners. An experience that gives fabulous information so you feel you know so much more having visited.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had seen pamphlet about it but it far exceeded our expectations. Free entrance was amazing, tour guide with ex miners was fantastic, so full of their experience, excellent with children. It was so real going in the dark with lamp down the pit, the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely day out can't believe it free to get in would go again even if they charged admission underground tour was worth the wait staff very friendly and chatted away to everyone

Thank sandra R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went out of our way to do this as the reviews were so good. Really glad we did. This is a must if in Wales. It gets busy so I recommend getting there early. The tour guides are very friendly, funny and knowledgable. I...More

Thank Tom and Anne H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We loved this place. The guides made the tour extremely interesting. Being miners themselves there was a definite personal touch. We found it all very thought provoking. Our guide was really funny with a great sense of humour and a beautiful singing voice. His knowledge...More

Thank Jane C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Absolutely awesome. Don’t miss this. Tip: wear good or strong shoes, might be muddy underground. Be aware you are going down into a now unused but real coal mine.

Thank Andrew H
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Jim D
20 March 2018|
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Response from anthony g | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do
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keithdavies01
18 March 2018|
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Response from Graham W | Reviewed this property |
Honestly don’t know, suggest you ring the Museum.
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7 August 2017|
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Response from Laurie R | Reviewed this property |
I saw lots of canine visitors - and apart from not letting them down into the mine, I'm certain they would be welcomed.
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