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Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel

Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel

Lower Mill Field, Pontypool
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
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Located in the heart of Pontypool, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Big Pit National Coal Museum, Caerleon Castle and Llangibby Motte and Castle. Big ...

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Parkway Hotel & Spa

Parkway Hotel & Spa

Cwmbran Drive, Cwmbran
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
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Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Newport Cathedral, Llangibby Motte and Castle and Isca Augusta. Newport Transporter ...

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The Old Rectory Country Hotel

The Old Rectory Country Hotel

The Old Rectory Hotel, Crickhowell
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 8 hours ago
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Situated in Crickhowell, this hotel is close to Crickhowell Castle and Tretower Castle & Court. Area attractions also include Festival Park Shopping Village ...

£40

£40
Glen-yr-afon House Hotel

Glen-yr-afon House Hotel

Pontypool Road, Usk
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 days ago
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Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Big Pit National Coal Museum, Llangibby Motte and Castle and Raglan Castle. Caerleon Castle ...

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Dragon Inn Crickhowell

Dragon Inn Crickhowell

47 High Street, Crickhowell
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago

Situated in Crickhowell, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Crickhowell Castle and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Tretower Castle & Court. Festival Park Shopping Village ...

£64

£64
Mill-lodge Brecon Beacons

Mill-lodge Brecon Beacons

Mill Side Bungalow, Abergavenny
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this bed & breakfast is close to Crickhowell Castle. Area attractions also include Borough Theatre and Abergavenny Museum and ...

£46

£46
The Beaufort Raglan

The Beaufort Raglan

High Street, Raglan, Usk
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago

Located in Raglan, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Raglan Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of St Mary's Priory Church and Abergavenny Castle. Borough Theatre ...

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Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Maesycwmmer, Blackwood
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of River Taff, Caerphilly Castle and Treharris Park. Castell Coch and Llancaiach ...

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Kings Head Hotel

Kings Head Hotel

59-60 Cross Street, Abergavenny
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago

Situated in Abergavenny, this hotel is steps away from Borough Theatre, St Mary's Priory Church and Abergavenny Castle. Abergavenny Museum and Castle and Wernddu ...

£66

£66
The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

High Street, Crickhowell
3.0 out of 5.0
1 others viewing this property now

Situated in the shopping district, this historic hotel is 0 mi (0.1 km) from Crickhowell Castle and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Tretower Castle & Court. Festival Park ...

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Pocket Guide: Big Pit National Coal Museum 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.