Plan Your Visit

During this unprecedented period we are open four days per week – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – until further notice. To reduce any risks from COVID-19, we have had to change what we do, and currently the UNDERGROUND TOUR WILL REMAIN CLOSED.

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The Museum remains free to enter. However, to keep you and our staff safe, we have had to reduce the number of people we can welcome on site at any one time. To manage this, all visitors entering the site will need to have booked a free ticket in advance. Sadly, if you don't book and present a valid ticket, you’ll be turned away. We can make no exceptions.

Please do not try to book or visit us if you are from a COVID-19 lockdown area or have any symptoms of COVID-19. Tickets can only be reserved by people resident in Wales. Groups are limited to four people over the age of 10, unless they live in the same household.

Tickets will be released every Wednesday for visits covering the following two weeks on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Visitors are required to wear face coverings in our Museums, in line with Welsh Government guidelines. We reserve the right to refuse entry to those not wearing a face covering without due cause for example for health and wellbeing reasons.

Book your free ticket in advance

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Opening Hours

10am – 4pm

Open for four days per week – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – until further notice.

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​.

All visitors entering the site will need to have booked a free ticket in advance.

What you will see when you visit

Your experience at Big Pit will be different from what we can normally offer, but we hope you enjoy:

  • A virtual tour of a modern coal mine in the multi-media exhibition King Coal: The Mining Experience. Please note that only part of the Mining Experience is currently open.
  • Visiting 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.
  • Walking around the site, viewing the historic buildings (from the outside) and enjoying Blaenavon’s Industrial Landscape.

What you won’t see when you visit

To reduce any risks from COVID-19, we have had to change what we do, and currently the UNDERGROUND TOUR WILL REMAIN CLOSED.

Contact Us

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

Location

Blaenafon
Torfaen
NP4 9XP

Map & How to Get Here

Parking

If you are arriving by car you will need to book and pay for a parking space in advance. £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

When will the Underground Tour and King Coal: The Mining Experience be available?

The safety of our staff and visitors is our priority, and we have carried out a risk assessment for Big Pit to see how it can operate while adhering to social distancing and hygiene regulations. In some cases, such as the Underground Tour, we feel it is not currently possible to ensure the safety of visitors and staff who might want to visit and enjoy this area. Therefore we have taken the precaution of excluding this area for the time being.

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

Toilets

Our toilets will be open, and we have put in place an improved hygiene schedule for your safety. For the wellbeing of visitors and staff, we also encourage the use of face coverings.