THE GREAT OUTDOORS
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
THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE
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
THE REIGN OF 'KING COAL'
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 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.