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Blaenavon Ironworks

North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
+44 1495 792615
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Heritage and history

Situated in Blaenavon, a town rich in heritage, this free museum is an historic gem. Featuring... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DomJohnFran
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Province of Malaga, Spain
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Follow the volunteer guide

A very nice gentleman offer to guide us which was great because we could ask questions. Very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
annonymus800
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The most complete surviving early ironworks anywhere in the world. Established in the late eighteenth century, Blaenavon Ironworks was one of the leading Welsh ironworks and played a key role in the technological development of the iron industry during the Industrial Revolution.Under the care of Cadw and free to all visitors, Blaenavon Ironworks boasts remains of all of the key physical attributes used for the Iron making process, alongside original refurbished workers cottages. Fused with modern day interpretation, the site offers visitors a unique insight into the working and social aspects of industrial life in the 19th century.The Ironworks was also the setting for the award-winning BBC television series Coal House and Coal House at War.
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North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
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+44 1495 792615
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Situated in Blaenavon, a town rich in heritage, this free museum is an historic gem. Featuring cottages from various eras, as well as the remnants of the ironworks, it sits well alongside the Big Pit nearby. The staff were friendly and helpful too.

Thank DomJohnFran
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very nice gentleman offer to guide us which was great because we could ask questions. Very interesting place as well. Guides cannot accept tips.

Thank annonymus800
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was interesting and very nostalgic espcially going through the cottages. It's amazing what you can remember from your past. Look forward to going again.

Thank Jacqueline S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This site is very intriguing not only because it's where iron was invented but because of the timeline of cottages as well. You start in the 18th century and each little cottage is a real life replica, of that time period up until 1970, of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited pm 23 April 2018. I'd visited previously but didn't manage to complete all aspects of the site. WARNING - If you want to do this visit justice, you need to spend a lot of time there. Then add on the time spent chatting to...More

Thank John R
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous day out. This was our first visit here, and although it took a while to locate the site after some lucky parking decisions. We were not disappointed today. There was loads to see with 'actors' on site bringing another dimension to the...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Well worth calling in very friendly and informative staff all the attractions were well signposted and it had been raining not too muddy

Thank haley451
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We took our 2 grandsons to see the ironworks and see attractions. They enjoyed exploring the sheds and listening and hearing the explanation of the site. The cottages were excellent and they enjoyed seeing how the families lived and work. There are a lot of...More

Thank anthony d
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Called here after visiting The Big Pit. Easy,well sign posted parking and a very short walk to the Ironworks. Not an over load of information,but enough for you to effectively transport yourself back in time and imagine what life must have been like. The cottages...More

Thank antano2013
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

A great local experience a place of true historical value a great day trip out and a good educational experience .

Thank celticpb
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Kevin B
21 August 2017|
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Response from GiulioVeniVidi | Reviewed this property |
Dear Kevin, Allow me to express my surprise for the idea. Frankly, I cannot imagine where on the site, either sheltered or in open air, any event like a wedding banquet or similar could be carried out, provided the premise... More
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