Significant Museums

The Big Pit Mining Museum

Wales is steeped with working class history. Big Pitt is a monument to the lives of miners who once eked out a living in the coalmines. The experience is authentic and awe-inspiring. Upon arrival, visitors are outfitted with a helmet, a lamp and an impossibly heavy battery pack and submerged three hundred feet under the ground into an extensive labyrinth of now defunct mining shafts. Museum guides are former miners who guide you through an interactive display of different mining techniques. At the surface, the outbuildings have been preserved and feature insightful displays about the industry, replete with testimonies of miners who worked here. A shuttle bus runs every half hour from Blaenafon.

Open: daily, 9:30am to 5:00pm (Mar – Nov)
Legionary Museum

Houses artifacts excavated at Caerleon.High Street
Newport, Gwent
Tel: 01633 423134
Open: Mon – Sat and Sun pm, closed Dec 24 – 26 and Jan 1
Monmouth Museum

Among other exhibits, houses an excellent collection of memorabilia connected to the well-known admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson.Priory Street
Monmouthshire, Gwent
Tel: 01600 713519
Open: Daily, closed Dec 24 – 26, Jan 1
Swansea Maritime and Industrial Museum

Features relics of the city’s copper and tin industries.Tel: 01792 650351
Open: Tues – Sun, closed Mon and Dec 25, 26, and Jan 1
Swansea MuseumThe oldest museum in Wales features many exhibits relevant to Welsh history.Open: Tues – Sun, closed Mon and Dec 25, 26, and Jan 1