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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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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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Nice little attraction

We spent a couple of hours here very interesting to see how the workers lived and worked on the site.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours here very interesting to see how the workers lived and worked on the site.

Thank Nigelk2756
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum gives a brilliant insight into the Ironworks and how the workers lived. Well worth a couple of hours of your time.

Thank born2travel123
Forfar, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got really warm welcome from the staff in the shop. How hard it must have been to work in the ironworks. It was really interesting seeing the houses replicating what they would have been like in different decades. A great way to spend an hour or two

Thank happycamper8062015
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Came here to see the Big Pit but it was closed due to a strike (I guess some things never change). So stumbled across the Ironworks. Free entry, very informative young man at the front desk and very interesting place to see. Must have been quite a place during its heyday in the mid 1800's.

Thank Bruce G
Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Fascinating. Moving around the site reading the information panels I'd never of believed that this all started so close to where I live. Blaenavon is a wonderful place to visit. The iron works and all the houses where the workers lived. The furnaces and the very informative commentary and light exhibition made an interesting way for the history to be... More 

Thank TanyaWelland
San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Fun way to learn about the very difficult life of the Iron workers and their families. The presentation is quite interesting, with film shown on walls with the sounds of a iron works. Quite clever! Very interesting were the houses furnished in different periods.

Thank SFTraveler031
Abertillery, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

My Husband and I visited The Ironworks and Stack Square in Blaenavon for the first time in May and we absolutely loved it. We had traditional Welsh weather for our visit and the ladies on reception gave us a warm, friendly welcome. The ladies were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our local history and as we live only a short... More 

Thank KaelaLee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

What a brilliant place to visit. Very well done, loved sounds, smoke, lights and projected images onto wall. All very interesting. Will go back soon for another visit.

Thank Emma2Jane
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

After going to the big pit we called here. We hadn't realisied that it was the setting of the BBC show Coal House. Very interesting, cottages done up to various years. Good media show in the foundry. Ladies in the shop have great knowledge and answered our questions quite easily. Diolch

Thank shans
Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

While researching her family tree, my wife discovered that her great-great-grandfather worked in the iron industry In Wales in the mid 1800s. If you want to see what it was like to work in that industry at that time, this is definitely the place to visit. It has first rate exhibits, guiding you through the whole iron working process. Lots... More 

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