Plan Your Visit

Museum Closure

Following the announcement of a firebreak lockdown by the Welsh Government, all of our museums will be closed from Saturday, 24 October 2020. 

Keep an eye on our website and social media for news on when we will reopen.

Opening Hours

10am – 5pm

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:

  • 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, and King Coal: The Mining Experience are 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 and King Coal, we feel it is not currently possible to ensure the safety of visitors and staff who might want to visit and enjoy these areas. Therefore we have taken the precaution of excluding these areas for the time being.

We will be regularly reviewing and updating the possibility of opening these areas to the public whilst also following the advice of the Welsh Government. The safety of our staff and visitors will remain our priority.

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.