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Attraction Currently Closed

Big Pit National Coal Museum

  • Blaenavon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Currently Closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, Big Pit National Coal Museum is currently closed to the public. We'll keep this updated with news of when it might be open again, but always recommend to check before you travel.

Don't worry - you can find lots more great days out in Blaenavon, or you can browse days out all over the UK here.

Attraction Information

Big Pit National Coal Museum is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, we offer an exciting and informative day out.

You can enjoy a multimedia tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner, see exhibitions that tell the story of coal in Wales, and explore historic colliery buildings and machinery that were crucial to the mining operations at Big Pit.

All thisand the world famous Underground Tour. Take a seat in the miners waiting rooms before embarking on your journey, and you'll soon be heading 300 feet (90m) down the mineshaft!

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.

You will be guided (a 50 minute walk) around the coal faces, engine houses and stables, and your miner will explain the different ways coal was mined and transported and share some of his own experiences.

The Mining Galleries are particularly fun for children, with plenty of crashes, bangs and flashes to excite the whole family.

Other activities include discovery trails and activity packs (especially suitable for younger children), which are available free of charge from Reception, on request.

There is an increased programme of themed family activities during each school holiday including craft activities, story telling, dressing up as mini miners.

Wheelchair users should book in advance for underground tours. For details on a range of provisions including physical mobility, visual and hearing impaired, use the link provided.

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Blaenafon, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire and Gwent, NP4 9XP, Wales

Phone number

029 2057 3650



Click here to visit Big Pit National Coal Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Big Pit National Coal Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Big Pit National Coal Museum have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Big Pit National Coal Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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