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Big Pit – National Coal Museum

Discover Wales’s rich mining heritage in this amazing award-winning interactive museum complete with underground tour. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of an authentic coal mine.
In its heyday Big Pit employed 1,300 workers. Now you can follow in their footsteps through award-winning interactive exhibits, and of course, our world-famous underground tour. Led by a real mine, it will give you a living, breathing taste of what life was like for those who made their living at the coal face.
If you’d rather stay on the surface, you can enjoy a virtual tour of a modern coal mine in the multi-media Mining Galleries.
The Pithead Baths exhibition, with its warm wit, images and objects brings the story of coal mining in Wales to life. A moving, informative and entertaining exploration of the lives of the miners, at home and work, which was voted Wales’s Favourite National Treasure
Don’t leave without seeing the Lamp Room, Blacksmith’s Forge, and Fan House and find how the Explosives Magazine was designed to be extra safe.
A range of activities and events take place throughout the year.
Opening Times
Daily from 9.30 am-5 pm. Please call for opening times during December and January.
Entrance Charges
Free entry. Car parking charge.


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