Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Gwent, NP4 9XP

Big Pit is a former working coal mine set in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

With an ex-miner as tour guide, visitors are invited to plunge 90 metres underground to experience the dark and dreary conditions that the men used to face when working in the pit.

Meanwhile above ground, there's a chance to take a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine, as well as explore the array of exhibitions in the pithead baths and colliery buildings.

Big Pit won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year in 2005 (now the Art Fund Prize).

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sun, 9.30am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Please visit the Big Pit website for Dec – Feb opening times, as they are changeable due to maintenance work

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)