About Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Big Pit is an industrial heritage museum dedicated to exploring and explaining the history and practicalities of coal mining and its influence on the surrounding area. Located amongst the Blaenafon Moors of south Wales, the National Coal Museum is housed in a real coal mine that ceased operation on the 2nd February 1980.


Since then it has become one of Britain's most prominent mining museums, famous for its 300 feet deep, underground tour and insight into life underground in harsh conditions. The surrounding site has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its importance in the industrialisation process and the Museum is recognised around the world as a fantastic educational experience.


Site Access

  • It is wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair hire is available.
  • Some staff are specifically trained to deal with disabilities
  • There are some accessible toilets
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • There are descriptive tours
  • There is subtitled media


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