Our outdoor exhibits include a working blacksmith's forge, steam locomotive and winding engine! Enjoy a great day out for visitors of all ages at South Wales Miners' Museum



Explore the history of the South Wales coalfields through the extensive range of exhibits and interactive activities in our "underground experience"



No visit to South Wales Miners' Museum is complete without exploring our fantastic working steam engine, as seen here on a visit from Port Talbot born actor Michael Sheen



Our "underground experience" will give you a taste of life when 'King Coal' ruled South Wales, and features everything from Pit Ponies to miners' lamps - and all for less than the price of a cup of coffee



Join us here in rural paradise and explore heritage, history and nature in the beautiful surroundings of Afan Forest Park. Wela chi cyn bo hir - see you soon!

Welcome to South Wales Miners' Museum

Croeso / Welcome to the website of South Wales Miners' Museum

The Museum was officially opened in 1976 and was the first mining museum in Wales. Located within the beautiful Afan Valley, just six miles from the town of Port Talbot, the museum is one of the many attractions to be found within Afan Forest Park.

A registered charity (no. 1102321), the museum is managed by a team of volunteers, dedicated to promoting the proud industrial heritage of the Afan Valley.

Visit the museum and find yourselves being taken on a historical journey back in time. Our knowledgeable guides, or handheld audio tours will take you through the working life of a South Wales miner, and the hardship that both adults and children of the time would endure.


The museum consists of both our detailed indoor "underground tour" and outdoor exhibits, which include a Blacksmith's Shop, Lamp Room and Engine House with a working, scale model steam train!

All admission charges and donations go directly towards the running and maintenance of the museum.

Join us here, in the beautiful Afan Country Park, and explore the fascinating industrial and social heritage of the South Wales valleys.

Opening Times

We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday 1st June 2021 our wonderful Museum will reopen!

With New Opening/Closing times!
We will now be open Tuesday to Sundays from 10am until 4pm.
Health & safety is paramount at the museum and we’d like to give our Visitors confidence that their time at the museum is managed effectively and following Welsh Government guidelines.
With COVID-19 rules still in place we kindly ask people to maintain a social distance, wear a mask during your time indoors at the visitor centre and the museum whilst abiding by hand-washing and the use of hand sanitiser.
Signage is up around the museum with guidance and hand sanitiser stations provided throughout the museum.
We reserve the right to refuse entry to those not wearing a face covering without due cause, for example for health and wellbeing reasons, and to those who flout our other safety guidelines.

We will be asking visitors to book a visit via telephone and you will be provided with a dedicated time slot on the date you request a visit. When you attend the visitor centre you will be greeted at the entrance by a member of staff and guided to the museum.

Please note , If you just turn up without pre-booking and the museum is occupied by visitors you will be asked to kindly give courtesy and wait until its safe to enter.

Excited to attend???
Our telephone line 01639 851833 will be open from May 25th for all enquiries and bookings.

We look forward to welcoming you to the museum again soon!
Diolch yn fawr am eich cymorth - Thank you for your continued support!

Usual Opening Times
Monday - By appointment only
Tuesday - 10:00 to 16:00
Wednesday - 10:00 to 16:00
Thursday - 10:00 to 16:00
Friday - 10:00 to 16:00
Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday - 10:00 to 16:00

*If you are making long distance journey, please be sure to check with us beforehand that the museum will be open and available

*Educational visits for school groups are available year round on any weekday. Please contact us for further information

Adults: £3
Senior Citizens / Children: £2
Children Under 5: FREE!