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Big Pit: National Coal Museum Blaenafon, Torfaen, Wales



Opening Times

Open daily 9.30 am – 5pm. Last admission 4pm. Underground tours run 10am - 3:30pm. (Please note: during January underground tours are available at weekends only)


029 2057 3650

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Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. Interactive exhibits and a multi-media tour bring to life mining in an exciting way. Children get to wear real mining gear to go underground, with guided tours from former miners to really bring to life what it was like working at the coal face.

Here is Big Pit's advice on bringing young children on a family day out here:

"Children must be at least 1 metre in height for the underground tour. The safety equipment weighs around 5 kg, and each child must carry their own. However, some children who fulfill the height requirement may not be able to meet the physical demands of carrying the equipment. We judge each case individually and reserve the right to refuse entry to the underground tour.

The simulated mining experience on the surface is available to all ages.

Big Pit is an outdoor industrial site, so protective clothing is needed in case of bad weather and sun protection is advised during hot weather.

There are a number of industrial machines that are suitable for children to sit in or on when supervised by an adult but this and other machinery can be dangerous if climbed on.We wish to remind all adults that the primary responsibility for the welfare of the children in their care rests with them at all times."


Baby changing facilities Shop Canteen which supplies highchairs and colouring activities Coffee Shop Picnic Area Audio Guides are available

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