Plan Your Visit

Big Pit National Coal Museum is open every day.

Face coverings are not mandatory for the Underground Tour, but we strongly recommend individuals to wear a face covering for the duration of the tour.

If you are responsible for an organised group, and would like to book for 10 or more people, please call 029 2057 3650.

Children must be at least 1 meter tall to go underground and all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions

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Opening Hours

9.30am-5.00pm. Last entry: 4.00pm. Underground tours: 10.00am-3.30pm.

Please call 029 2057 3650 before making a special journey.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to conduct bag searches when entering the Museum​.

What you will see when you visit

  • The Underground Tour. Go 300 feet underground with your Guide and see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face.
  • King Coal: The Mining Galleries – an audio-visual experience telling the story of how the Welsh mining industry evolved.
  • The Pit Head Baths building which houses four exhibition spaces and uses objects and images to tell the story of coal mining in Wales. Themes include children in the mines, health, home life and the mining communities. See how the life and work of a miner has changed from 1850 to 2000. Learning about the geology and uses of coal, mining disasters and rescue, discovering the role and impact of Trade Unions and Nationalisation, and get a closer look at some mining memorabilia.
  • Coal cutting machinery in the Conservation Stores.
  • View historic buildings and enjoy Blaenavon’s Industrial Landscape

Contact Us

Phone: 0300 111 2 333
Email: bigpit@museumwales.ac.uk

Location

Blaenafon
Torfaen
NP4 9XP

For Sat Nav, please use NP4 9RL

Map & How to Get Here

Parking

If you are arriving by car you will need to pay on arrival. £5 per day. FREE for disabled badge holders and motorbikes. This charge is for parking only – entry to the Museum remains free.

Picnics, dogs, toilets – your questions answered!

Frequently Asked Questions

Accessibility

General advice and advice for our disabled visitors

Access Guide

What we have put in place to help keep you safe:

  • Our front of house staff have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19.
  • Visitor safety guidelines are in place on site – please follow them
  • Social distancing measures are in place on site
  • Hand sanitising stations are available for visitors and staff.
  • We have further increased our hygiene regime
  • We will be managing visitor numbers in line with public health and safety guidelines.
  • We have set up new routes, such as a one-way system. Please look out for and follow any new signs around the site.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone who has the virus in the last 14 days, we request that you don’t visit, as you may be turned away to reduce risks to other visitors and our staff. Why not experience our museum by viewing our collections on the website until you are feeling better?

 

 

Due to the historical nature of the site, please note the following potential hazards:

  • Trip hazard on uneven paths and steps
  • Slippery surface paths, slopes and grassed areas