This has got to be one of my favourite
attractions in Wales. It's the Big Pit National Coal Museum in
Blaenavon. It tells the story of the coal mining industry
throughout the Southern Wales valleys.
The highlight of the visit is the underground tour. Take a ride
in the lift to the bottom of the pit where you'll get an
appreciation of what the men, women and boys who worked down here
had to endure in years gone by.
If that's not enough for you, speak to your guide. They are all
genuine ex-miners and as well as taking you around the pit, they'll
also tell you of first hand tales of what life was like for them
Oh and the best bit - it's all free.
The Easter holidays are now well underway and
with the glorious sunshine here in Southern Wales it's time to get
out and about.
Last week's Easter Idea was a trip to Techniquest in Cardiff
Bay. Today we head North out of the capital city
and into the Southern Wales Valleys and to the Big Pit National
Coal Museum at Blaenavon.
The award winning museum is easily one of the best attractions in
Wales. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the
restored pit head baths and exhibitions on the surface but the real
highlight is underground tour.
Head to the lamp room to be kitted out in your helmet and lamp and
then step inside the cage for your journey for the 300 feet journey
to the bottom of mine. Your guide around the pit will be an
ex-miner who will be able to tell you first hand stories of what
life was like for them and their colleagues working
Entry to the museum is free and is open 7 days a week.
More information can be found here.
Remember, if you do visit, tell us what you thought of it by
leaving a comment below.
At first it might not be obvious
what links the town of Blaenavon with India's Taj Mahal,
Australia's Barrier Reef or the Great Wall of China. In fact all
these places (plus another 886 around the world) are UNESCO World
The status of World Heritage Site is given to an area or monument
which is considered to have had a significant historical impact on
the world. Blaenavon was awarded its World Heritage status in 2000
in recognition for the role it played at the forefront of the
During the eighteenth and nineteenth century the town became one
of the biggest and most important coal, iron and steel producers in
the world. Find out more about the past at the town's World
Heritage Centre, Big Pit National Coal Museum or the Blaenavon
Today the area is thriving and is popular with tourists eager to
find out more about its past. The town's high street is also
popular, lined as it is with many independent retailers selling
local crafts and produce.
Try some of the fantastic Blaenavon cheese, which comes in a range
of weird and wonderful flavours - Cider and Onion Marmalade,
Mustard Leek and Ale or for a bit of bite try Anadl y Ddraig
(Dragon's Breath), a hot chilli cheddar.