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Blaenavon Ironworks

Opens in 29 min: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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We had it all to ourselves.

Very low cloud the day we chose to go so misty & damp which added to the mystery. Not the biggest... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
lynne j
Dartford, United Kingdom
Well presented and interesting

I liked the interpretation, comparing the model of 'as was' with the actuality of today. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
+44 1495 792615
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very low cloud the day we chose to go so misty & damp which added to the mystery. Not the biggest of museums but you can walk right to the top and admire the wonderful views. The houses & shop renovated for the tv series...More

Thank lynne j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I liked the interpretation, comparing the model of 'as was' with the actuality of today. The cottages were interesting, especially the decline from nice foreman's home of 1760 to slum in 1810. The iron artifacts could do with some curation. What was used in the...More

Thank dagriffi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very small but interesting attraction. Very friendly staff and the guide gave a brilliant talk about the history of the works and development of steel.A look around workers cottages gives an insight into the hard lives they endured. All in all we worth a...More

Thank jenny L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Passing so called in. Staff were very freindly and knowledgable. Preivous reviews mention guided tours, didn't appear to be offered? There's several "talking" stations dotted about, but not all working or completely installed, shame because the ones that did work were very factually interesting.

Thank martin b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great place to learn about a way of life in the past times. cottages were fun and very well furnished and the rest of the site was informative but exiting at the same time.

Thank Dana M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great historical site, and really well worth a visit. You can really get a feeling of how this iron works once was and has lots of atmosphere. With free parking and free entry, and a free guided tour if you want it,...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

This place is a must-see site for anyone with an interest in history, industry, engineering or Wales. Lots to see, explore and learn.

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

About a mile from the Big Pit, with a free car park opposite, this is certainly worth a visit if you are visiting the area. From the outside it doesn't look like there is much there, but there is quite a lot to visit, including...More

Thank Angu5
Reviewed 14 August 2018

When you approach the site you think there’s not much there, but what a mistake! The place is really interesting. Signage is good so you can read up on everything. The cottages were particularly interesting and presented in different years in each place. Very nice...More

Thank jclarke12
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

A quick 3 min drive from Big Pit is this gem. The furnaces are testament to C18. ingenuity and the workers' cottages show changes from then until 1967. A great place to visit to see why so much coal was needed.

Thank Simon W
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Kevin B
21 August 2017|
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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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