The First Publicly Accessible Mine In UK – Big Pit National Coal Museum
Big Pit is a real coal mine and among the UK's top mining museums.
With amenities to inform and captivate every age group, Big Pit is a thrilling and educational day trip. Experience a multi-media tour of a contemporary coal mine with a digital miner in the Mining Galleries, displays in the Pithead Baths and Historic colliery buildings.
All of this PLUS the world-renowned Underground Tour. Head 300 feet below ground with an actual miner and find out what everyday life was like for the several thousand men that worked at the coal face.
An award-winning national museum which still preserves many attributes of its previous existence as a coal mine, positioned high on the heather-dressed moors of Blaenafon, the underground tunnels and buildings that once echoed to the sounds of the miners today experience the noise of the footsteps and chattering of visitors from all around the world.
The Museum is placed in a distinctive industrial surrounding, labelled a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 in acknowledgment of its worldwide significance to the entire process of industrialisation via iron and coal production.
Big Pit is furthermore a mainstay on the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The route consists of 850 sites around 32 countries and is a wonderful method of learning about the diversified industrial history throughout the continent.
Big Pit is a living, breathing reminder of the coal industry in Wales and the people and society it created.