Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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This is an incredible mining museum like no other. Are you ready to embark on a magical journey within this real coal mine? You are in for an experience of a lifetime. A leading museum within Britain, you will be lowered 300 feet underground. Once down there, visitors are taken on an underground tour. There, all of the mining secrets will be revealed to you and you will be following a real ex-miner as your guide. An absolute thrilling experience, you will be expected to wear a helmet, battery pack and light, like all the real miners from the world. There are so many areas for you to explore. For example, there is the Winding Engine house or the Explosives magazine. Based in one of the greatest industrial landscapes as well as in a World Heritage Site, there is someone for everyone to enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Come and immerse yourself in what life used to be like for those miners from the past. There is also a great virtual tour of a modern coal mine that you can do too! The exhibitions are simply brilliant and ever so educational too.

Review

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.

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