The Welsh Mining Experience
Listen to the wealth of experience of work and life from ex-miners at The Welsh Mining Experience.
Welsh Mining Museum, a living testament to the coal mining communities of the world famous Rhondda Valley. Enjoy a unique experience, guided by ex-miners at an authentic coal mine and learn about the story of Welsh coal and the people who made it a global business.
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The Welsh Mining Experience is a visitor attraction located in a little village called Trehafod in South Wales. We are based on the site of the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery. The visit comprises a guided colliery surface and underground tour by ex - miners, interactive exhibitions, café and gift shop. We are also home to our own Chocolate House and Craft of Hearts community art group.
The average guided tour will last approximately 90 minutes. If time is an issue then tours can be adapted to suit your needs. The visitor centre and other areas are self-guided and duration depends upon pace and level of interest.
Entrance to the Visitor Centre is free of charge. You only pay for the guided tour.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm - January to November.
Open on Sundays - June to September.
Guided tours cease from November 24th to December 24th for our Santa tours.
If group tours are required on a Monday or a Sunday we can arrange to open up for your group.
All parking is free and the car park is on site. Ample coach parking facilities.
The visitor centre and colliery surface tour is accessible for all including wheelchairs. However due to the natural terrain underground is unsuitable for wheelchairs. We are able though to take those in wheelchairs down in the lift so that they can experience the look and feel of the underground.
Unfortunately, there is not an ATM on site.
All major debit/credit cards are accepted except American Express.
Staff in the café will endeavour to accommodate all dietary requirements.
Photography and filming are permitted throughout the site.
None at all.
If you feel that you are unable to continue on the tour a member of staff will join you and bring you back to the surface you will not need to complete the tour.
That’s fine. The visitors that don’t wish to go underground can sit out that part of the tour and relax in the cafe or take a look around the visitor centre.
Flat footwear is advisable.
The lift is dark but the guide has a cap lamp which he can use if anyone is nervous.
You can’t take a pram but children can be carried and we have a safe area to store prams at reception.
The temperature underground is the same as the temperature outside.