Big Pit: National Coal Museum - Blaenafon
Big Pit: National Coal Museum - Blaenafon, South Wales
The Real Underground Experience - Big Pit National Coal Museum.
Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths andHistoric collier buildings.
Prepare to be lowered 90 metres (300 feet) down the Big Pit mineshaft for our famous underground tour - a captivating journey around a section of original underground workings. Visitors wear the very same equipment - helmet, cap lamp, belt, battery and 'self rescuer' - used by miners. Take a seat in the miners Waiting Rooms before embarking on your journey. During the underground tour visitors will be required to walk a distance of 700 metres wearing a helmet and carrying a lamp weighing 5 kg. This lamp is approved for the purpose by the HSE but lighting levels are generally lower than many visitors will be used to.
The attached offices were used by the colliery manager and his senior staff. Most are still used for their original purposes, with the timekeeper's office restored and the officials' lodge converted into a first aid room.
The Pithead Baths building houses four exhibition spaces and uses objects and images to tell the story of coal mining in Wales.
Themes include children in the mines, health, home life and the mining communities. See how the life and work of a Miner has changed from 1850 to 2000.
Learn about the Geology and Uses of Coal, Mining Disasters and Rescue, discover the role and impact of Trade Unions and Nationalisation, and get a closer look at some mining memorabilia.
Please wear warm clothing and sensible footwear.
Children must be over 1 metre tall to go underground.
The original Miners' Canteen in the Pithead Baths serves a variety of refreshments from snacks and cakes to hot meals. Produce is sourced locally and the finest ingredients and Welsh produce is used where possible. There is also a children's menu. During the main season, the Coffee Shop is also open, serving a range of sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold drinks and treats. Picnic tables are available around the museum.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.