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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Explore the hidden world of the Welsh miner!

At Big Pit: National Coal Museum you can take an authentic underground tour of a real coal mine. Winner of the 2005 Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year and named by the Times as the UK's best interactive museum, the Museum has a wide range of experiences to captivate the whole family.

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From the thrill of the multi-media Mining Galleries to the wit and good humour of the Pithead Baths museum exhibitions, which were voted Wales' favourite 'national treasure' in 2007, Big Pit gives a fascinating insight into the coal industry and communities in Wales.


Big Pit is part of the Blaenafon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site. Facilities around the Museum include the world-famous underground tour, historic colliery site with Blacksmith's forge, stables and colliery workshops, the state-of-the-art Mining Galleries, the Fanhouse, Explosives Magazine and Pithead Baths museum exhibitions.

* Children must be one metre tall to go underground
* Advance notice is advisable for wheelchair users
* Groups of 10+ must book in advance
* Audio guide available (Small refundable deposit)
* Canteen, coffeeshop & giftshop
* Disabled facilities & baby-changing facilities available

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Attraction in Blaenafon

Entrance Charge

  • Free of charge

Opening Times

Every day 9.30am - 5pm. Underground tours 10am - 3.30pm

Contact Details

phone: 01495 790311 fax:

Owner/Manager: Kathryn Stowers

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenafon Torfaen NP4 9XP Torfaen

News and Special Offers

Look out for forthcoming events at Big Pit, including summer activities for the children: try your hand at pond-dipping or discover more about the geology of coal mining.
Throughout the Autumn there are a series of lectures exploring different themes such as sport in Wales, Romans and riot police and slate quarrymen who came to work in the south Wales valleys.

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