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“Good short visit”

Blaenavon Ironworks
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Blaenavon
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We vIsited the ironworks after the Big Pit. As this attraction is relatively compact it can easily be visited before or after the Big Pit. The site has good signage explaining the industrial processes, the growth and significance of the iron works. There are a number of cottages decorated and furnished in different eras (1920s, 40s and 60s) together with the ironworks shop - these really make you appreciate how life in the ironworks was lived. A relatively low-key attraction which can be explored at your own pace. Most enjoyable hour to 90 minutes.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Fantastic tourist attraction allowing visitors to see for themselves the way families actually lived when the ironworks was in full force. The history resulted in a series and was actually filmed on site. Not many historical attractions are so true to life like this one. If your interest is in Welsh history you can't afford to miss this one.

Thank Jane F
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Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Free parking, free entry, friendly staff and incredibly informative. If your planning a trip to Big Pit make sure you stop here too. The museums impressive ironwork remains dominate the site but the old workers cottages are decorated as they might have looked at various times gone by as per the BBC tv series the coal houses. There are also excellent views of the area from the top and it is great to learn more about this historically crucially important location and It's role in the industrial revolution of the Victorian age. I always thought it looked closed when driving past but it's open everyday throughout the season and really really worth the visit.

Thank Merlin F
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

exellent place to go see with all the family. i suggest a dry day to visit as most is outdoors, the houses are a good part. this was where they filmed bbc coal house series. i suggest making a day of it and going to big pit which is down the road which is a coal mine which has free entry with an underground tour.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Blaenavon Ironworks, the setting of the award-winning BBC television series Coal House, is the most significant feature within the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape. The ironworks, which commenced production in 1789, is the best preserved blast furnace complex of its period and type in the world and is one of the most important monuments to have survived from the early part of the industrial revolution. Blaenavon Ironworks is historically significant as during the early nineteenth century the ironworks was one of the most important producers of iron in the world.

Today you can view the extensive remains of the blast furnaces, the cast houses and the impressively restored Water Balance Tower. Through exhibitions, advanced interpretation features and reconstructions, you can learn about the international significance of the iron industry and the scientific processes involved in the production of iron. A fascinating insight into the social history of industrial Britain can be gained by glimpsing into the past at the reconstructed company shop and the refurbished workers’ cottages, at Stack Square and Engine Row.

Managed by Cadw Welsh Historic Monuments, the site has been carefully restored and now, offering free admission, the Blaenavon Ironworks is receiving record visitor numbers.

Thank IcanMakeYouRich
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