Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales, Blaenafon

Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales overview

Are your kids more than 5 years old and more than 1 metre tall? If so, then this really could be a family day out with a difference! Find out what it was like to mine for coal by going underground over 500 metres with an experienced miner. The top workings are also really interesting, especially for those who may be too claustrophobic to venture down the pit. The experience is offered free by the ... National Museums of Wales.
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a real experience

06 Apr 2010
Visited with: Child
The big pit is a really enjoyable day out. You are taken deep underground and given all the accompanying safety gear. As you descend down you really get a sense of what it must have been like to be a miner. The guides are former miners and tell you all about the daily experiences of working down the mine with gusto. I thouroughly enjoyed it and the whole family did.
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Big Pit Bleanafon

29 Mar 2010
Visited with: Child, Teenager
"The Big Pit is a great place to visit with children from about age 5 upwards. It is a real working museum and you can go on an underground tour via a mine lift with a real miner. Down underground you get to see how miners worked and are told about how during the Industrial Revolution children as young as 7 or 8 were working in these conditions. Back on the surface you can visit the pit baths, art galleries and the gift shop which sells some great souvenirs. One thing to remember though, because of the nature of this museum you can't visit it easily with buggies so its not the best place to go with a baby!"