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Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tour

Book your Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tour and watch history come alive!

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Be amazed at our underground tour, take a virtual ride on Dram and more!

The Black Gold Experience Underground Tour lasts up to 90 minutes and is led by our guides who all worked the coal mines of the Rhondda Valleys when they were boys.

They have tales to tell of life underground and the history of the Black Gold that was shipped from the Rhondda around the globe. Meet our miners.

The tour ends with a simulated ride on DRAM! Our virtual coal dram which has a few surprises!

People love the interactive tour and their favourite part is definitely the former miners who share their often moving, often funny and always authentic stories, memories and experiences with their guests.

Explore our FREE interactive exhibition, telling the story of life in the Rhondda. Touch screen displays and interactive elements bring the tale to life - you can even sit in the parlour of a home, and there are costumes for the children to try on. 

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Upstairs, the Black Gold Gallery tells the powerful story of the industrial powerhouse that was coal mining. From the rich owners to the miners who worked in perilous conditions. Discover why coal was known as Black Gold and how we helped to power the world. We also have seasonal exhibitions exploring a range of topics.

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The outside yard has original items from coal mining, including the Anderson shelter the miners would have fled to if the bomb sirens went off and the Old Forge where the colliery blacksmith worked with the horses that were used underground

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Make a pit stop at Caffe Bracchi for a great range of hot and cold drinks, snacks, meals and sweet treats - including delicious cakes!

Pop into the award-winning Chocolate House and take home a handmade chocolate – now open!

If you love crafting, we have another award-winner on our first floor.  Visit Craft of Hearts to browse their crafting supplies (restricted numbers apply) or pre book a crafting class of your choice to bring out your creative side.

Ticket Prices

  • Adult £10.95
  • Child £7.50
  • Family of 4 £30