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Blaenavon Ironworks

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Address: North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
Phone Number: 01495 792615
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Description: The most complete surviving early ironworks anywhere in the...
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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The actual workers cottages, staged to reflect the various eras that these ironworks were operating are fascinating. My 11 year old granddaughters really enjoyed it too. The fact... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The actual workers cottages, staged to reflect the various eras that these ironworks were operating are fascinating. My 11 year old granddaughters really enjoyed it too. The fact that the workers lived in such close proximity to the smelters is a real eye opener. The abandoned ironworks are cleverly brought to life with a sound and light show. Just like... More 

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed the Ironworks. It was really confronting to find ourselves in the tiny cottages workers had to live in at close quarters to the factory, the roar of which was made felt in an awesome presentation involving slides, sound, dialogue both in English and in Welsh, and imaginative use of light effects. The presentations in graphic novel style... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The Bleanavon Ironworks may be the second known attracction in the town, but is a top attraction and it shouldn't be missed. The way of how the iron production is presented is amazing, the old ruined industrial buildings are coming to life and the houses where the workers lived are historically furnished and decorated.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

FREE so excellent value! Lots of info on what we were looking at, helpful assistant and the virtual furnace was brilliant. Really gave an insight into the place.

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Blackwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A great setting for this gem of a place to visit. Not a huge site but lots of the old machinery and ovens are still in place. There are also a row of old cottages that have been preserved and show what living conditions were like in that era. This site is very close to the Big Pit mine so... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This free to visit site gives you an entertaining view of the amazing history of Blaenavon at the cutting edge of industrial technology in the early 19th century.There are also displays of workers' cottages that were interesting and thought provoking.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We visited this along with the Big Pit, making a good day out for us. Can't believe it was free to park, and free entry too. Make sure you spend some money in the shop (lovely ice cream). A good site though, with enough to see about the blast furnaces and ironworks - it really opens your eyes as to... More 

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Vingaker, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We all had a great time. The houses were people lived was so good. The kids loved it. A good idea is to buy the book at reception as it gave us so much more information.

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East Anglia, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We visited this as part of the World heritage Site including Big Pit mine. Fantastic insight into the history of this area. The Heritage Centre has excellent exhibitions and advice about the area. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A great look into how the ironworks functioned loved the cottages where you can see how lives changed from the 1800's to the late 60's. There is a walk to the top so I would recommend wearing trainers or walking shoes (I was wearing dolly shoes and it was difficult to walk on the stony ground)

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Additional Information about Blaenavon Ironworks

Address: North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
Phone Number: 01495 792615
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Torfaen  >  Blaenavon

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