Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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Big Pit: National Coal Museum

  • Phone: (01495) 790 311

Big Pit is a real colliery. It was the place of work for hundreds of men, women and children for over 200 years - a daily struggle to extract that precious mineral that stoked the furnaces and lit the household fires of the world. Kitted out in helmet, cap-lamp and battery pack, you descend 90 metres to another world; a world of shafts, coal faces and levels, of underground roadways, air doors and stables. Your pit lamp lights an inky darkness - darker than you can imagine. But you are never alone. Guided by an ex-miner, with easy good humour and first-hand knowledge, you get a real sense of life at the coal face. Returning to the surface, the colliery buildings, the winding engine-house, the blacksmiths workshop and pithead baths complete the picture of a working pit that at its height employed 1,300 men.

Further information

Opening Hours:

February-November Daily 10.00-15.30 Please telephone for details of winter opening Closed: Please telephone for details



Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

Tours take approximately 1 hour. You will need warm clothing and sensible footwear. Wheelchairs can go underground (please book).


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General audio-guide available
  • Guided tours
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students

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