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A new and exciting ‘Cinematic Experience’ is NOW OPEN at the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park, giving visitors an even more immersive insight into the life of a coal miner. 

The Council’s popular family tourist attraction welcomes visitors from all over the world, all eager to enjoy the sights and sounds of what it would have been like working underground. 

But the whole experience has just got a whole lot better, making it a coal mine with a difference! 

Not only do visitors experience the sights and sounds of a real-life coal mine, but they are now able to take their seats on Dram: The Cinematic Experience, for an experience they will never forget. 

New for 2018, be among the first visitors to jump on board as you take a virtual ride on the last dram of coal to the surface - and watch out for a few surprises along the way! 

Exclusive to the Welsh Mining Experience, this all-new cinematic experience is a thrill for all the family. Dram: The Cinematic Experience forms part of the Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tour. 

While seated inside a coal dram, visitors will be taken on a virtual tour along underground tunnels as they take in the twists and turns of the underground rail network used to bring the coal up to the surface and transport the miners to and from their workplace. 

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, with responsibility for Heritage Service and Visitor Attractions, said: “The new Dram Cinematic Experience adds a new dimension to any visit to the Welsh Mining Experience as the Council continues its investment at the popular family tourist attraction. 

“In recent years, substantial Council investment has resulted in an exciting, new digital/audio facility, the redesign of the internal layout, the opening of Cafe Bracchi, the new exhibition area - and now a new and exciting addition to the Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tour for 2018 - Dram: The Cinematic Experience. 

“Even if you have been along to the Welsh Mining Experience to meet our miners on previous occasions, or are a regular visitor, it is well worth a return visit to take your seat.” 

Dram, The Cinematic Experience at the Welsh Mining Experience

The Welsh Mining Experience is situated at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, a real-life coal mine which once produced thousands of tonnes of coal each week. 

But what was it really like to actually go underground every day of your working life? The camaraderie with other miners, the hard graft, and of course being faced with daily dangers. 

All is revealed on the Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tour, exclusive to the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park.

All-year-round attractions include the new digital/audio facility; Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tours, including access to Dram: The Cinematic Experience; Caffe Bracchi; Traditional Welsh Gift Shop and the new Exhibition Area.

Plan your visit to the Welsh Mining Experience and book your Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tours by calling 01443 682036.

Posted on Wednesday 28th March 2018

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