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Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Pontypool, Gwent, NP4 9XP
0300 111 2333
Average time spent - 2 hours
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Things to do at Big Pit National Coal Museum review

The Big Pit National Coal Museum is free to visit and is located near Pontypool in South Wales. It is a real coal mine with underground tours and miner guides. You can explore south Wales’ history of coal and industry and enjoy their family activities and events.

There are facilities to educate and entertain ages. Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. You can enjoy a multi-media tour of the modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries., exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and Historic colliery buildings.

All this and the world-famous underground tour. Go 300 feet underground with a real miner and see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face. It is an award-winning national museum that still retains many features of its former life as a coal mine.

Standing high on the heather-clad moors of Blaenafon, the tunnels and buildings that once echoed to the sound of the miners now enjoy the footsteps and chatter of visitors from all over the world. Once underground you’ll begin an amazing journey around a section of original underground workings with a real miner to guide you. Visitors walk about 700 yards on the tour, wearing their own helmet and lamp weighing 5 kilos. Children must be 1 metre tall for the underground tour.

Other activities include discovery trails and activity packs (especially suitable for younger children), which are available free of charge from Reception, on request. Children will enjoy the Mining galleries with their interactive and life-like elements.

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places still require you to pre-book online in advance.

FAQ and Further Information Big Pit National Coal Museum

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe that serves hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

Coal mining museum with interactive displays, underground pit tours conducted by real miners. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE. It is free to visit Big Pit. There is a small charge for the pit tours.

Is there parking?

There is on-site parking, there is a small charge to park.

When are they open?

They are currently open from Thursday until Sunday. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

Big Pit National Coal Museum
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Big Pit National Coal Museum
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