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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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Llanwenarth Hotel
Llanwenarth Hotel

Brecon Road, Abergavenny NP8 1EP

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (45 reviews)

Situated on a river, this historic hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of St Mary's Priory Church, Borough Theatre, and Abergavenn …

£95
The Angel Hotel Abergavenny
The Angel Hotel Abergavenny

15 Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EN

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4.4 out of 5 (48 reviews)

Located in the heart of Abergavenny, this hotel is steps from Borough Theatre, St Mary's Priory Church, and Abergavenny Museu …

£93
Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel
Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel

Lower Mill Field, Pontypool NP4 0XB

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4.5 out of 5 (35 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pontypool, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Newport Cathedral, Borough Theatre, and Newport …

£45
Ye Olde Red Lion Hotel
Ye Olde Red Lion Hotel

97 Queen Victoria Street, Tredegar NP22 3PX

2.0 out of 5.0
1.9 out of 5 (14 reviews)

Situated in Tredegar, this hotel is 9.1 mi (14.6 km) from Cyfarthfa Park and Museum and 10.6 mi (17 km) from Big Pit National …

£45
The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell
The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

High Street, Crickhowell NP8 1BW

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4.2 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Situated in a shopping district, this historic hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of St Mary's Priory Church, Borough Theatre, an …

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The Cambrian Inn
The Cambrian Inn

1-2 Castle Street, Tredegar NP22 3DE

4.0 out of 5.0
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 …

£70
Dragon Inn Crickhowell
Dragon Inn Crickhowell

47 High Street, Crickhowell NP8 1BE

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4.3 out of 5 (25 reviews)

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

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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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The Chainbridge Inn
The Chainbridge Inn

Kemeys Commander, Usk NP15 1PP

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this inn is 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from Borough Theatre and 7.3 mi (11.8 km) from Raglan Castle. Newport …

£59
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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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