The Real Underground Experience - Big Pit National Coal Museum
Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums.
With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and Historic colliery buildings.
View a reconstructed 'Power loading' coal face of the 1970s with armoured conveyors, hydraulic roof supports and a cutter/loader, which cuts the coal by means of tungsten tipped picks attached to a revolving drum.
There is also an earlier type of coal face (1950s/1960s) with an undercutting machine - a huge chainsaw. After the coal was cut it was filled onto a conveyor belt by hand, while the roof is held up by the traditional wooden posts or 'pit props'.
he Pithead Baths building houses four exhibition spaces and uses objects and images to tell the story of coal mining in Wales.
Themes include children in the mines, health, home life and the mining communities. See how the life and work of a Miner has changed from 1850 to 2000.
Learn about the Geology and Uses of Coal, Mining Disasters and Rescue, discover the role and impact of Trade Unions and Nationalisation, and get a closer look at some mining memorabilia.
Pick Up Points
Below is a list of pick up points for our excursions. Please note, we do not pick up from all of these points on every excursion - please contact us for more information on 01952 255560.
Abbey Forgate, Shrewsbury Abbey
Admaston, Admaston Road Bus Stop
Aqueduct, Castlefields Way Bus Stop (or Junction Brookside)
Beacon, Abraham Darby Academy
Bridgnorth, Mill Street, Northgate (opposite Sainsbury's), Woodberry Down
Brosely, Lady Forester (opposite garage) or Square
Dawley, Lord Hill Bus Station
Donnington, The Parade
Hadley, Bus Station
Jackfield, St Mary's Close
Leegomery, Leicester Way Bus Stop
Madeley, Telford Coach Travel Centre
Much Wenlock, Wheatland Garage
Newport, National Westminster Bank
Oakengates, Coalport Public House
Queen Street, Hills Lane Shops
Shawbirch, Woolpack Public House
Shifnal, Jaspers or Royal George Public House
St. Georges, Elephant & Castle
Stirchley, Sandino Court Bus Stop
Sutton Hill, Madebrook Layby
Telford Town Centre, Bus Station
Trench Road, Shops by Duke of York
Wellington, Victoria Street Bus Station or Captain Webb Public House
Woodside, Bus Stop (Formerly Elizabethan)