South Wales Miners Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The museum focusses on the social history of mining in the Afan Valley, and mining in general. It is operated by a team of volunteers, who can offer guided tours focused on a visitor's particular interests.
A special section of the museum is a recreation of an underground mining tunnel. Visitors can see models of small children crawling through the cramped tunnels the mine face.
Above ground exhibits include an engine house, a lamp room filled with historic Davy lamps, and a recreation of a stable scene, with a pit pony and trailer. See historic pieces of machinery including a coal dram and a haulage engine.
The museum is an excellent resource to learn about the lives of mining families and the difficult conditions they faced on a daily basis.
The museum is located within the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre. Use the postcode SA13 3HG for satnavs and follow signs for Afan Forest Park.
About South Wales Miners Museum
Address: Afan Forest Park, Cynonville, Port Talbot, Gower, Glamorgan, Wales, SA13 3HG
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: At the edge of the Afan Forest Park, on the A4107. Paid parking.
Website: South Wales Miners Museum
OS: SS822 949
Photo Credit: John Bristow, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Gnoll Estate Country Park - 3.8 miles (Garden)
Aberdulais Tin Mine and Waterfall - 4.2 miles (Historic Building)
Neath Castle - 4.6 miles (Castle)
Aberavon, St Mary's Church - 4.7 miles (Historic Church)
Cefn Coed Colliery Museum - 5 miles (Museum)
Neath Roman Fort - 5 miles (Roman Site)
Margam Stones Museum - 5.4 miles (Museum)
Margam Castle - 5.4 miles (Historic House)
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