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Big Pit, UK

From series “Giant Artificial Quarries of the Planet”
The most interesting quarry, from the tourist point of view, is located in Grear Britain, South Wales. Big Pit – a huge quarry – is a result of extensive developments in coal production. By the year 1980 the field has run out and was closed. Already three years later, it was converted into amazing National Coal Museum.

Nowaday tourists have an opportunity to stroll around the sites, make an underground tour and learn about miners’ work and life. The main guides are miners themselves, so an informative and exciting holiday is guaranteed.

Visitors are taken down the deep mineshaft in the elevator to depth of 90 meters. Miners caps are a must underground. Old workshops, a forge and even miners baths are open for everyone to see. A vast museum comlex which was formed in the vicinity of Big Pit quarry, includes an iron foundry building. Within its walls is a collection of unique items, including the stove of the 18th century and tools, whose age is more than one hundred years. Next - Bingham Canyon Mine

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Nearest airports:
 »  Cardiff Airport CWL - in 44 km
 »  Bristol Filton Airport FZO - in 46 km
 »  Bristol Airport BRS - in 50 km
 »  Gloucestershire Airport GLO - in 66 km
 »  Swansea Airport SWS - in 69 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Big Pit

Premier Inn Ebbw Vale

Located in 6 km from Big Pit
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Rooms: 44
The Premier Inn Ebbw Vale has a convenient location, just a mile from the very heart of Ebbw Vale's town centre. The nearby train station offers … More: photo, rates and booking
White Hall Bed & Breakfast

Located in 7 km from Big Pit
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Rooms: 3
The décor of the rooms maintain some original features, such as the cast iron fireplaces and bed frames. Some rooms benefit from charming views of … More: photo, rates and booking
The Swan Hotel

Located in 8 km from Big Pit
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Rooms: 11
Each room at The Swan has en suite bathroom facilities with shower and complementary toiletries. There is a flat-screen TV, hairdryer, alarm clock … More: photo, rates and booking
The Castle Inn

Located in 9 km from Big Pit
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Rooms: 3
All rooms at The Castle Inn have views over the gardens and a flat-screen TV with DVD player. There are tea and coffee facilities and an en-suite … More: photo, rates and booking

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Woodchester Mansion
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Highway A44
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Dolaucothi Gold Mines
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Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff
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Top destination around Big Pit - Cardiff

The administrative center of the city is the most attractive place for walking. The territory of the quarter is the location of several important excursion objects. This is the location of beautiful Alexandra Park that also houses the memorial opened after the end of World War II, the House of Justice and National Museum. The building of the town hall is another interesting architectural monument. A huge dome of the building is visible from almost all parts of the city.

The town hall is also distinguished by luxurious interior design. Tourists will be able to see ancient statues, bronze candelabra and many decorative items made of wood. The Town Hall is open for public, so everyone is welcome to walk in its spacious halls. Travellers should not forget to include a visit to Pierhead building in their excursion program. Its facade is made in an original architectural style. The building is decorated with huge statues of dragons and heraldic symbols. During its long history the building has repeatedly changed its status. Today it is used as a museum, and its halls house collections of historical artifacts. The museum often hosts exhibitions of contemporary art.
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