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The Underground Tour: 

From 20 July until 31 August 2024, tickets for the Underground Tour can either be purchased in advance with a £8 Job-A-Knock timed slot ticket OR, a £5 ticket available on the day of your visit, which does not guarantee a time slot, are limited in availability and your wait might be a little longer, especially during busy periods.

Outside of this period Job-A-Knock tickets are available to purchase OR, you can still access the Underground Tour for free without a Job-A-Knock ticket, but your wait might be a little longer, especially during busy periods. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Entry to the Museum remains free.

The Real Underground Experience - Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums.

With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and Historic colliery buildings.

Mining Galleries Pithead Baths Historic colliery buildings

All this AND the world-famous Underground Tour. Go 300 feet underground with a real miner and see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face.

An award-winning national museum that still retains many features of its former life 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.

Underground Tour

The Museum is set in a unique industrial landscape, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 in recognition of its international importance to the process of industrialisation through iron and coal production.

Big Pit is also an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The route comprises 850 sites across 32 countries and is a fantastic way of finding out about the diverse industrial history across the continent.

Big Pit is a living, breathing reminder of the coal industry in Wales and the people and society it created.

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