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Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Church Road, Blaenavon NP4 9AS, Wales
+44 1495 742333
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Living history day

Excellent re-enactment for the Living History Day at the Heritage Centre. Battle appealed to all... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
Bristol, United Kingdom
Great day out

Fantastic place to spend the day. Don't miss the steam railway and Big Pit. The village has some... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Stephanie W
Doncaster, 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
+44 1495 742333
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

Excellent re-enactment for the Living History Day at the Heritage Centre. Battle appealed to all, good commentary throughout with great historical background. The group were very knowledgeable about their costumes, weapons and background. Great singing by two young ladies with super voices got us into...More

Thank RichBrookdale
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Fantastic place to spend the day. Don't miss the steam railway and Big Pit. The village has some interest, the Iron Works is a great piece of industrial archeology, but the Steam Railway and Big Pit are the highlights. Perfect for a wet day and...More

Thank Stephanie W
Reviewed 5 July 2016

We had a great time visiting the Heritage Centre.. Learned loads about the miners and their way of life.. There's also a small souvenir centre.. I always buy a few trinkets to help support their cause... Great place.. Will definitely visit again..

Thank Dianaw9
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Popped along even though it was raining, kids loved the activities going on and the inside of the building looked quite informative. No dogs allowed inside but there is a cafe attached.

Thank Shane H
Reviewed 15 June 2016

My wife and I visited on the first weekend in June and we were really impressed by the centre, It gave us a really good understanding of the area, where all of the local attractions were, and how to get to them. The staff were...More

Thank wrensnestred
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Make sure you visit the Heritage Centre on your trip to Blaenavon. A very sympathetic and successful renovation of the old St Peter's School, it houses all the information you need about the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, as well as the local library and coffee...More

Thank vitors2008
Reviewed 9 May 2016

This has a very good set of displays about the development of Blaenavon, from a scattered farming community, to one of the most important ironworks in the world in the first half of the 19th century. It rightly concentrates on the working people and the...More

Thank Godwit
Reviewed 4 May 2016

This is near the town centre and an ideal place to learn about Blaenavon. The are a couple of videos and plenty to read, this gives a nice preparation for a wander around the area.

1  Thank Eddie M
Reviewed 15 March 2016

You can have a sneak peek on how South Wales started. This landscape is a great testament to the human endeavour or miners and ironworkers of the past.

Thank Ochie E
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

Interesting visit. Cafe is fantastic. Serves everything. Food is good. Always something going on. child friendly too.

1  Thank laura1992jane
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14 July 2017|
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