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Dragon Inn Crickhowell
Dragon Inn Crickhowell

47 High Street, Crickhowell NP8 1BE

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4.3 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Situated in Crickhowell, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Crickhowell Castle, Old Market Hall, and Tretower Court & …

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Ye Olde Red Lion Hotel
Ye Olde Red Lion Hotel

97 Queen Victoria Street, Tredegar NP22 3PX

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2.2 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in Tredegar, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Bedwellty House and Park and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Parc Bryn Bach. …

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Maes Manor Hotel
Maes Manor Hotel

Maes Rudded Lane, Blackwood NP12 0AG

3.5 out of 5.0
3.1 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Situated in Blackwood, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Twmbarlwm Mountain, Parc Penallta, and Guardian - Six Bells Minin …

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Parkway Hotel & Spa
Parkway Hotel & Spa

Cwmbran Drive, Cwmbran NP44 3UW

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4.3 out of 5 (188 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bowlplex Cwmbran, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, …

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Gellihaf House
Gellihaf House

Gellihaf, Blackwood NP12 2QE

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Blackwood, this bed & breakfast is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Parc Penallta and within 6 mi (10 km) of Twmbarlwm …

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ibis budget Newport
ibis budget Newport

164 Malpas Road, Newport NP20 5PP

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3.4 out of 5 (104 reviews)

Located in the heart of Newport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Newport Cathedral, Belle Vue Park, and Wales National …

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Ramada Resort Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel & Spa
Ramada Resort Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel & Spa

Llangybi, Usk NP15 1PG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (110 reviews)

Situated in Usk, this spa hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Llangibby Motte and Castle and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Caerleon Castle …

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The Usk Inn
The Usk Inn

Talybont-On-Usk, Brecon LD3 7JE

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4.2 out of 5 (54 reviews)

Situated in Brecon, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Llangorse Lake, Llangorse Outdoor Activity Centre, and Tretower Castle …

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The Mount Pleasant Inn
The Mount Pleasant Inn

Merthyr Vale, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 4TD

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4.8 out of 5 (47 reviews)

Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this guesthouse is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Treharris Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Llancaiach Fawr …

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Castle Hotel
Castle Hotel

Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8BG

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3.2 out of 5 (73 reviews)

Located in Brecon Beacons National Park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ynysfach Engine House, Joseph Parry's …

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Pocket Guide: Cardiff Big Pit National Coal Museum Hotels

If you’re planning a trip to the Big Pit National Coal Museum it makes sense to stay in Pontypool or the surrounding countryside. There are several hotel options ranging from four star luxury in the centre of town, a short walk away from the main attractions, self-catering cottages or a budget hotel. In the surrounding areas you have a wider choice of cosy country inns, historic hotels and farmhouses so you can really relax and get away from it all.

Torfaen County on the border of Monmouthshire in South Wales is centrally located for visiting some of the main historic attractions. Cardiff is just 20 minutes by car and there are excellent train links, so if you’re staying there Pontypool is an excellent day trip to learn more about industry and mining in the region. There are three towns in the Torfaen region - Pontypool, Cwmbran and Blaenavon, and they each have a distinct personality so have fun exploring each one!

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit is an award-winning major tourist attraction in Pontypool, an industrial heritage museum that was a working coal mine from 1860 to 1980. It opened to the public in 1980 and is now one of the country’s leading museums exploring the history of the Industrial Revolution and showing how people lived and worked 200 years ago.

It was redeveloped in 2003 and now works as an operational attraction - that is, the structures you see are working ones holding up the mine roof and not for show, as is the case with many so-called attractions. So when you go down the mines you need to wear a hard hat, safety lamp and a waist belt, which feels very much like real working conditions and adds to the intensity of the experience. You can do a 50-minute underground tour which goes 90 metres underground and imagine how daily working life would have been for thousands of men.

When you come up for air, go up to the heritage centre and learn more about the history of coal mining via a multimedia tour of a modern coal mine where you get to meet a real “miner”. This is one of the top visitor attractions in Wales and it’s easy to see why. Where else can you go underground and experience real-life dangerous mining hazards that once put the daily life of thousands of men at risk?

Nearby attractions include Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, Pontypool Park and Museum, the Blaenafon Cheddar Company, Folly Tower, Llandegfedd Visitor & Watersports Centre, and of course, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Blaenavon, which gained its status in 2000 in recognition of the importance of the area’s coal mining history.

Big Pit National Coal Museum is worthy of a day trip and if you want to stay longer in the area to find out what the other towns in the region have to offer you have an excellent selection of four star rural escapes, cosy country inns, elegant manor houses or self-catering cottages in the surrounding countryside. It’s not far from areas of outstanding natural beauty and the Brecon Beacons National Park, so can be the basis of an extended holiday taking in all the region has to offer.

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