Half Term on a Budget (Monday): Big Pit Museum
On Monday we travelled to the Big Pit Museum in Blaenavon, where entry is FREE!
This place was fantastic! It is a coal mine museum on the site of a real coal pit. You can go on a tour of the mine, wander the exhibits and experience a multi-media presentation of the evolving life of mining.
As Jelly was a baby she was too little to go down the mine, so I took her for a wander around the galleries and watched the multimedia show. The show was great, and we were taken on a tour of the evolution of mining through a short film and underground display, featuring mining tools. It was great fun and really designed to entertain as well as educate. The galleries themselves were fascinating, and you can even tour the pit baths!
Bean and Daddy went down to the underground mines. They wore hard hats with lights on, went down in the mine lift and had a tour of the mine by an ex miner. The experience was really second to none and Bean and her daddy thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The views around the museum are breathtaking, and although there are cafe and restaurant facilities there are also plenty of places to eat a picnic, which is what I would do. We did try out the cafe though which sold lovely home cooked food for reasonable prices.
Everyone who worked there was so friendly which really made the day special. I can’t wait to go again, and for it to be my turn to go down the mine!
A whole day out for the family, which is educational to boot for £2 parking cost – utter bargain!