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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon, Blaenavon NP4 9XP, Wales
+44 29 2057 3650
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Brilliant day out!

Can’t recommend this enough. It was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. The kids aged 12 and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
FlowerowerCB
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Pros and Cons - a hard one to review

I'd love to give this one five stars - or even maybe six but just struggle to do so. (See further... read more

Reviewed yesterday
DinFrance
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France
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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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  • Very good9%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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

Can’t recommend this enough. It was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. The kids aged 12 and 10 said it was amazing and loved every minute of it. All the staff we met were very friendly. Put it on your ‘To do list’ if you...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I'd love to give this one five stars - or even maybe six but just struggle to do so. (See further down - I've changed my view). Once actually underground it was wonderful - or to be more precise once you are passed into the...More

Thank DinFrance
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went with friends and had a great time. A fantastic experience and can imagine its fantastic for kids too. A real feel for what it was like in the olden days. Miners who work there are absolutely brilliant. A great day out and a fabulous...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is the first time I have written a review for anything but we had such an excellent day out at the Big Pit. My kids aged 13, 11 and 7 all said how amazing it was and were enthralled by the tour of the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Visited with grandsons aged 11 and 14. They enjoyed putting helmets and lamps on and going down in the lift. Steve, our guide was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed listening to him. There’s also a museum and picnic area.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great time in Big Pit. My wife was nervous about going in the cage and walking underground, but it was surprisingly spacious and not claustrophobic. Our guide seemed too young to be an ex-miner, though I believe some of the other guides...More

Thank Sam R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited the Big Put coal mine whilst on a weekend away to South Wales and this was for sure the highlight of the weekend. The guys who di the tours are such a fountain of knowledge and it was so much fun going down into...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is a gem. Free entry, but so good I would happily pay. The underground tour is amazing and the guides wonderful. The way they interact with the guests and the way they tell the story of the pit really brings it to life....More

Thank 327doneill
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What an amazing experience! Only £3 to pay for car parking. We queued for about 30 minutes for the underground tour but was so worth the wait. Our guide Bob, was hugely informative, and really brought to life the working conditions for all involved underground,...More

Thank Dillydog9
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came here for a tour with some friends as I was visiting in Wales. Was interesting to see and hear about the history of the Welsh coalfields and the people who once worked them in the past. Would recommend for anyone to visit here from...More

Thank Josh G
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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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greeny20111648480
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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