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Blaenavon Ironworks

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Address: North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
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+44 1495 792615
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Thu 10:00 - 16:00

The most complete surviving early ironworks anywhere in the world....

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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Wonderful to visit

A great (and free!) place to visit to understand the industrial revolution and the life during those times. Brilliant to combine with Big Pit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great (and free!) place to visit to understand the industrial revolution and the life during those times. Brilliant to combine with Big Pit.

Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Walking around the old houses is like a trip back in time and seeing many things that my grandparents had and used. There is lots of modern history from the second world war and also the older ironworks. The 're-enactment of how the iron was obtained is really clever. And it's free to enter and park.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Amazing to think of this place at the beginning of the industrial revolution - compared to now - such a quiet place when we visited. You're able to wander around the old furnaces and try to imagine those days. The cottages were full of fascinating facts about their previous inhabitants and what life was like for most people. Would be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Stubbled across this on our way home, what a fantastic and interesting place. Brought the furnaces to life and the cottages dressed in the different era's were fascinating, lovely that you could just wander around and stuff wasn't all roped off. Really enjoyable and educating. Would love to come back and do some more of the attractions in Blaenavon, great... More 

Thank JandJHaslemere
Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

had a lovely hour here with the family loved the cottages and the images of the furnaces coming to life was breathtaking kids loved it and views lovely

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Not quite knowing what to expect at this site, we were pleasantly surprised. Firstly, it was free!! We then felt there was perhaps not much to see, but we went into the site awaiting!! The audio/visual display was informative, perhaps not as good as some we have seen. Most interesting were the cottages and shop - we thought they were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful few hours spent here. The new signage and welcome to hell experience has been added since my last visit and really bring the place to life. Kids trail was great with a little prize for competing it.

Thank Iain B
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We spent about 45 mins here after visiting the big pit. It was ok . A few interesting cottages to look at. It's free but probably best viewed with the guide book which can be bought for £4.50. Wished I'd have realised there is also a heritage centre just round the corner too. Didn't see it until on our way... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Only need about one hour to see through this site. Good view from the top. The accommodation rooms were well laid out with lots of artifacts from a number of ages. Parking just over the road and I think it was free.

Thank John D
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

As an industrial heritage site this attraction graphically illustrates the process for extracting iron from iron ore. The remains of blast furnaces with an audio-visual display and a model of the complex in its heyday give a very good idea of what it must have been like to live and work in this hazardous environment. Apart from the iron works... More 

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