Mining within Wales has been the biggest form of employment Wales has seen for not only decades, but centuries. Big Pit has to be one of Wales's iconic tourist attractions. Probably one of the only coal mine attractions that actually make you believe you are one of the many thousands of miners that go off to work.You get to not only tread where they once trod, but get to don the same gear and use the same equipment that would have saved many hardworking lives throughout the years. Combining fun, and education, Big Pit has got it all! I couldn't believe that I got a trip down the mine, given a mind full of mining history, not to mention getting to see the wonderful views from beyond the mine. I would allow at least half a day to visit Big Pit and that's being modest.
Big Pit: National Coal Museum
Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. Prepare to be lowered 300 feet in the cage down to Pit Bottom for our famous underground tour - a captivating journey around a section of original underground workings. Led by a real ex-miner, and kitted up with a helmet, light and battery pack, the tour will give you a living, breathing taste of what life was like for those who made their living at the coal face. You can also enjoy a virtual tour of a modern coal mine in our multi-media Mining Galleries and explore the Pithead Bath Exhibitions where warm wit, images and objects bring the story of coal mining in Wales alive. We have many other colliery buildings to explore including the Winding Engine House, Blacksmiths, Fan House and Explosives Magazine. Big Pit is set in a unique industrial landscape and designated World Heritage Site.