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The Lion Hotel
The Lion Hotel

41 Broad Street, Pontypool NP4 9NH

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4.3 out of 5 (15 reviews)

Situated in Pontypool, this inn is 9 mi (14.5 km) from Borough Theatre and within 20 mi (32 km) of Newport Cathedral and …

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The Cambrian Inn
The Cambrian Inn

1-2 Castle Street, Tredegar NP22 3DE

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4.2 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in Tredegar, this inn is 9.6 mi (15.5 km) from Cyfarthfa Park and Museum and 10.5 mi (17 km) from Big Pit National …

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The Manor Hotel
The Manor Hotel

Brecon Road, Crickhowell NP8 1SE

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3.8 out of 5 (41 reviews)

Situated in Crickhowell, this romantic hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of St Mary's Priory Church, Borough Theatre, and …

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Cae y Rhedyn Annexe
Cae y Rhedyn Annexe

Twyn Pandy, Crickhowell NP8 1NF

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5 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Situated in Crickhowell, this apartment is 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from Brecon Golf Club and 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Abergavenny …

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Great Park Barn
Great Park Barn

Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny

3.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Situated in Abergavenny, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of St Mary's Priory Church, Borough Theatre, and …

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Bessemer Hotel
Bessemer Hotel

Hermon Close, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 3DP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (61 reviews)

Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Cyfarthfa Park and Museum and within 12 mi (20 km) of Brecon …

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

Llangybi, Usk NP15 1PG

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4.3 out of 5 (76 reviews)

Situated in Usk, this spa hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of University of Wales-Newport, Newport Transporter Bridge, and …

£60
The Mount Pleasant Inn
The Mount Pleasant Inn

Merthyr Vale, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 4TD

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4.7 out of 5 (41 reviews)

Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Treharris Park and 8.2 mi (13.1 km) from Cyfarthfa Park …

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The Grange Guesthouse Cefn Coed
The Grange Guesthouse Cefn Coed

Pontycapel Road, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2PY

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this guesthouse is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Cyfarthfa Park and Museum and within 12 mi (20 km) of Breco …

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Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Future Inns Cardiff Bay

Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 4JY

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4.2 out of 5 (1,546 reviews)

Future Inns Cardiff Bay is a 10-minute drive from the city center and central train station, and 16 minutes from panoramic …

£67
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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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