Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon

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Explore the underground world of a working coal mine at Big Pit National Coal Museum, dedicated to operational preservation of the Welsh coal-mining heritage. This is no ordinary "theme park" tourist attraction, and the pit props and steel bands are not for show, but for holding up the mine’s roof. The water flowing down the tunnels toward the cages is real, apart from the fact that, unlike a century ago when it splashed all over the miners’ feet, it now flows down purpose-built channels. Safety measures are strictly enforced and explained to visitors before each tour. Automatic gas monitoring systems are discreetly positioned around the tunnels, as are emergency telephones. Special talks and exhibitions are also regularly hosted by the museum. Find out how to plan Blaenavon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Great to take a trip back in time, the King Coal Experience was very informative, with stories of the past. The pit head baths also showcased different miners times. Worth a visit  more »
  • I was here with a large group of work colleagues on a team building day. Above ground Big Pit is great to wander around and would take a few hours by itself...but the underground part is fantastic. Th...  more »
  • I first visited in 1985, and didn't return until 2019. Wow it bought back memories! Our tour guide was excellent and kept all ages attentive. The cafe was hearty and welcome on a cold day.
  • Great day out and a fantastic experience. A lot to take in, will have to come back to see the King Cole mining experience. All staff were brilliant, thoroughly recommend 👍
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