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Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Church Road, Blaenavon NP4 9AS, Wales
+44 1495 742333
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An oasis of information in Blaenavon

I freely admit to being biased. We discovered in February that my wife has family connections in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
cgaw14
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Horley, United Kingdom
little disapointing

Had expected something a bit more informative and wider ranging than the single room. the café and... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
AndiPayne
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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The World Heritage Centre is situated in Blaenavon itself, within the historic former St. Peter’s Church School, founded in 1816, and is the starting point for your visit to the whole Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The former heavy industries left their mark on the environment, which is full of hidden treasures to be discovered after learning what this incredible valley has to offer. St Peter's School, founded by Sarah Hopkins for the education of iron workers' children was the first school of its type in Wales. The visitor (whether tourist or group organiser) will find information on the World Heritage Site, its history and how it can be viewed today as well as a Tourist Information Centre. The main exhibition follows the words of historical characters so that visitors can gain an insight into the daily lives of ordinary people and understand the changes that they experienced during the 19th century. Self-led visits to explore the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre are free of charge.
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Church Road, Blaenavon NP4 9AS, Wales
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I freely admit to being biased. We discovered in February that my wife has family connections in Blaenavon, The Centre was instrumental in helping us discover her family tree and in July we attended to discuss the matter there. The staff were not only lovely,...More

Thank cgaw14
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Had expected something a bit more informative and wider ranging than the single room. the café and 'garden' are pleasant enough.

Thank AndiPayne
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The displays helped put the history of the area into context. There are a number of family freindly walks and some more ambitious ones available with free maps. Staff freindly, good cafe too.

Thank Runragged2
Reviewed 25 April 2017

This is a building that is a mix of old and new. The schoolroom part is old the main entrance and museum section new. It was interesting to look around and gives a history of the area,

Thank KathH201556
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Visit here before anywhere else as this is the only place you will get a halfway decent map. The main leaflet has an attractive picture map which is not useful for navigating by but you can also get a more detailed map which does help...More

1  Thank Sam3314
Reviewed 10 April 2017

A very informative interpretative centre for the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. Lots to learn - and the learning is presented imaginatively using different techniques. A very comprehensive series of leaflets is also available to takeaway for different aspects of the area covering both industrial history...More

Thank greg743
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This was an interesting place which told the history of Blaenavon. Entrance was free. There was a small gift shop selling souvenirs.

Thank vixenval2014
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We decided one Sunday to pay a visit and see what's changed and I have to say we were impressed with things. Lovely people manning reception who greeted us as we went in. Wondered into the museum and had a look around and found it...More

Thank 510terrenceg
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

There was literary everything going on there on our quick business trip. Lovely spot to grab a coffee and watch the sun go down

Thank Anne-marie S
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Came to visit Ironworks while passing through but unfortunately they are closed on Saturdays in November, so we parked in town and walked to the Heritage Centre to get information on what was open. Had our dog with us and as there was no sign...More

Thank vanvelzen91
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AdeyWhalley57
14 July 2017|
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Response from 510terrenceg | Reviewed this property |
I assume you mean the steam train. It stops at Bitpit. An old coal mine that has a museum and tea room. You can also go down the mine too
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