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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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Had looked at other trip advisor reviews recommending this place. Virtually empty when we visited. Were given information leaflet to follow trail and this allows you to explore... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Had looked at other trip advisor reviews recommending this place. Virtually empty when we visited. Were given information leaflet to follow trail and this allows you to explore and soak up atmosphere. |fascinating to see how workers lived.Unfortunately the simulation of working furnace was being repaired which was a shame but we all enjoyed experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were planning to visit the nearby Big Pit museum, which was unfortunately closed. The Blaenafon Ironworks was recommended as somewhere very close so that we hadn't wasted a journey. We are so grateful for that recommendation! It turned out to be a lovely historical hidden gem. It doesn't look like too much from first impressions, but we were very... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It was a horrible rainy day, when we visited, but it did not spoil an interesting and informative visit. You have to soak up the atmosphere of the place, as you enter the blast furnace and you trigger the sound and visual effects which help you to imagine the noise and heat of the place. You learn about the process... More 

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Canterbubble
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Interesting and atmospheric, Probably allow an hour or so as there's not that much to see - you just need to absorb the history of the place. Not been turned into a theme park which is how it should be.

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Ickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We visited here recently and loved it, we were actually looking for the big pit and stumbled upon the ironworks. It's incredible and I would highly recommend :) The simulation of the furnace was a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed the lights and sounds. We then went on to the cottages ranging from the years they were... More 

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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I was blown away with the ironworks on a recent visit. Firstly there is free entry to the ironworks. The houses that have been made up to look like they did in years gone by and my children were fascinated by this. The furnace display with the smoke and projections on the wall were brilliant. First class Cadw, an absolute... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were fortunate that there was an event (Scallywag) while we visited who dressed up as they did in the first world war and allowed our children to interact with all the stuff, equipment, gadgets, clothes, you name it...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Interesting insight into the mining and working of iron. Loved the cottages which show the lives of people over the last hundred years. Entry is free as is the car park. toilets on sight and a small shop that sells drinks and a small selection of gifts. great views.

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

After saying for years we were going to go here we finally made it today!!! We were not disappointed!! Well worth a visit-a great place to soak up Wales's industrial history and learn exactly what life was like for the workers!! The virtual blast furnace was an excellent way of showing old and young visitors a glimpse into life in... More 

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Barry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Had a great day out with the family here, extra bonus being free entry. I can see this might get overlooked by the close attraction of the big pit, but this is worth making extra time for. Fantastic views from the top. They have buildings which are snapshots of living in different moments in time. Well worth checking out.

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