Travel 90 metres below ground with a former miner who'll give you a first-hand account of life down the pit. Visit the engine house and stables above ground. Learn about modern mining techiques in the mining galleries. Investigate the pithead baths and the stories of the people who worked in the industry.
We have an exciting programme of visits and events for the forthcoming school year. Visit our website to find out how you can now combine your underground tour or surface visit with one of our new facilitated sessions.
If you need First Aid attention, please inform a member of Museum staff who will contact a responsible First Aider.
Most areas of the site are accessible to all visitors, but as Big Pit is on the mountainside, both the surface and underground can create difficulties for people with serious mobility problems. Wheelchair users and others with mobility problems must therefore be accompanied by an able-bodied helper.
It is only possible for a maximum of 4 visitors in wheelchairs to be underground at any one time.
We have a resource room for teachers, group leaders, students or other specialists who wish to carry out research work on site. The room contains reference books, maps, original documents and online access. Please book in advance.
Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums.
We explore all aspects of mining, from strikes to disasters, from women in mining communities to the children forced to work underground in the nineteenth century.
An award-winning national museum that still retains many traits of its former role as a coal mine, standing high on the heather-clad moors of Blaenafon, the tunnels and buildings that once echoed to the sound of the miners now enjoy the sound of the footsteps and chatter of visitors from all over the world.