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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 historical significance of this site is immeasurable

An amazing historical site. The steel process that made the Eiffel Tower and cities like Pittsburgh possible was invented on THIS SITE in 1880's. This museum is a wonderful one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

An amazing historical site. The steel process that made the Eiffel Tower and cities like Pittsburgh possible was invented on THIS SITE in 1880's. This museum is a wonderful one hour visit, tops. And its free. A great complement to the Big Pit National Coal Museum up the road.

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Kenilworth, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We first visited the Ironworks ten years ago, and it has much improved since then, particularly the interpretative displays. There is quite a lot of the archaeology remaining, but be aware that it is a ruin. We spent an hour wandering about the Ironworks, and the workers' cottages that have been dressed to show how the people lived at various... More 

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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This place was quite an eye opener! to see the areas those involved in this industry had to work in and the conditions they had to endure. The cottages they lived in took you back in time, then brought you through the years, each cottage from a different time period. The cottages surprisingly were still in use until 1961

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Cotswolds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I've been hoping to visit here for a long time and wasn't disappointed. What is left is only a shadow of its past, but luckily enough has been saved to tell the story, which is an important one of our industrial heritage. At each main section there are storyboards and audio descriptions which are good. Be sure to climb the... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I have to admit that I was surprised at how much we learnt from our visit. You think you are just going to arrive, look and then go. Not so. The visitor centre is really worth spending some time in and reading much of the timeline history that is very well displayed and written - I defy anyone not to... More 

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Loughton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Short and sweet visit, on the way back from the Big Pit. Most of the iron processing side of it is almost a ruin but they have a lovely sound and vision display of the smelting. The cottages through the ages is well portrayed (look for the finer details, you'll always see bits your nan had). Staff were good and... More 

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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Stumbled on this place after leaving the equally awesome Big pit on our way to Ebbw Vale (don't know why but hadn't heard of it previously?) Awesome atmospheric site you can almost feel the presence of the men, women and children that worked and lived here in what undoubtedly having to feed those furnaces and cast the pig iron would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Two hours was spent wandering around this site. The houses showing how people lived in various years were very enjoyable with the historic site giving a small taste of how life would have been. A bit more info around the site would have been good so I suggest splshing out on the guidebook to get the full story.

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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Very well presented exhibitions and startling displays. Visit the real set where the Coal House series were filmed.A fantastic history lesson suitable for all the family. Ladies in the small gift shop were very helpful. Free entry and free parking. Highly recommended

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We visited Blaenavon Ironworks yesterday and really enjoyed it. Having watched and loved The Coal House, it was great to see where that was filmed and going inside the houses, felt like stepping back in time. A great place to visit and we would definitely recommend it to others.

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