- Museums and Art Galleries
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
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 this and 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.
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Blaenafon, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire and Gwent, NP4 9XP, Wales
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Opening hours are subject to change. Please call the attraction directly to avoid disappointment.
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. Baby chairs and colouring activities are also available on request. 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.
Baby changing facilities are available in all toilets.
There is a dedicated selection of children's toys and a wide range of books, prints and postcards are available.