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Families Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit offers underground tours for families throughout the year.

Children must be one metre tall to go underground. The underground tour lasts around 50 minutes and visitors walk about 700 yards, wearing their own helmet and lamp weighing 5 kilos.

The Mining Galleries, which help you travel forward to a modern mine, are particularly fun for children, with plenty of crashes, bangs and flashes to excite the whole family.

Other activities include discovery trails and activity packs (especially suitable for younger children), which are available free of charge from Reception, on request.

There is an increased programme of themed family activities during each school holiday including craft activities, story telling, dressing up as mini miners.

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Big Pit shop

Baby changing facilities are available in all toilets.

The Museum Shop

There is a dedicated selection of children's toys and a wide range of books, prints and postcards are available.

Children under 16 must be accompanied at all times