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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND, Wales
+44 1495 792263
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Really worth going

We went on the steam train and it was great. Yes it just goes back and forth but its a preserved... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2018
Fosseboy
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Perth, Australia
A lovely day out

Visited today with my mum aged 84 and we had a great time. All the staff were very welcoming and... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
ammCardiff
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Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World Heritage Site on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. There is ample free car and coach parking at Furnace Sidings, our main station located close to the Garn Lakes. From Furnace Sidings our trains head both north to the Whistle Inn, and south to Blaenavon High Level Station, located above Blaenavon town centre. Since 2011 we also have a separate branch serving Big Pit Halt, adjacent to the Big Pit national mining museum. Whether you're looking for a family day out, or are a devoted railway enthusiast, we have something for you. With free car parking at Furnace sidings, why not combine a visit to Big Pit with a ride on the train? Enjoy a snack in the tea room at Furnace Sidings, or shop in Eric's Emporium (an outpost of The Railway Shop in Blaenavon) stocking a selection of railway models, gifts and souvenirs. Many trains also have a buffet service offering light refreshments.
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33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND, Wales
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Reviewed 5 July 2018

We went on the steam train and it was great. Yes it just goes back and forth but its a preserved railway! So I was happy to support it whether it's diesel or steam Great cafe with good snacks and toasted teacakes! Good train shop...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Visited today with my mum aged 84 and we had a great time. All the staff were very welcoming and friendly and took a real pride in what they were doing. We arrived at midday and waited half hour for the next train, we enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

For the steam train enthusiast and those who would like a day out, Blaenavon Railway is not to be missed. There is a café open on site, serves hot meals, drinks etc. Very welcoming and staff are polite and helpful. This is our local heritage...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

we had two grandsons with us looking forward to seeing a Steam Train. There was none. but still had to pay the same price. It should be made clear on the days the Steam Train is not running, because if we had known we would...More

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

On a recent visit to the United KIngdom I made the trek from Cardiff (where I was staying) up to Blaenavon and visited the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Shop in the centre of the little town. The Shop was very well organised and the stock...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Perhaps not as polished and slick as some other heritage lines but this line is not just about that. This line has so much going for it including a short branch to the 'Big Pit', a heritage site in it's own right. It is an...More

3  Thank John W
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

It was a bit windy up there but took me back over 50years to a ride on a steam train the coach even had the don't lean out of the window sign in them days everybody did. There wasn't a lot going on but the...More

Thank Arthur G
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

What a great experience! Train and carriages lovely and clean. It was just like going back in time and riding as you would have years and years ago! Great fun!

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

The train is a real gem of the valleys. It carries an element of excitement for children. Good memories for the older generation and a real romantic experience for couples. It’s a great place to visit for every one and if you look on site...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Great day out, the kids really enjoyed it and so did the grandparents! The volunteers who run it are friendly and knowledgeable and a nice little cafe in the station along with some picnic tables provided the weathers favourable.More

Thank EliseMcfive
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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Dear Elise, Thank you so much for your kind review! I'm glad that all your family enjoyed their visit - the appeal of heritage railways truly runs across all generations! I'm also pleased that you were very much impressed by our volunteers. They do their...More

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SVJenkins
8 April 2018|
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Response from bbbmufc | Reviewed this property |
On the day we visited, there were two choices - one was for 5 minutes and the other was 25 minutes (each way)
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jan1956Cardiff
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Response from David H | Reviewed this property |
Check the railways web site but i am sure they are
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