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Blaenavon Ironworks

North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
01495 792615
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Blaenavon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The most complete surviving early ironworks anywhere in the world.Established in the late eighteenth century, Blaenavon Ironworks was one of the... more » 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. « less
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The Iron Works is also free to visit, and you are made very welcome especially disabled visitors to park inside the gates

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Abertillery
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This site is well worth a visit and is very close to another excellent attraction "The Big Pit" but you need to allow a full day to visit both

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The old smelters have gone, but clues are left behind built into the side of a hill. All around are other sites, the Railway Museum, Coal Mine, etc. The people are superb and very friendly. The sheep are everywhere, even strolling down the shopping centres window shopping in nearby Ebbw Vale. Old buildings are everywhere, although last I was there... More

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

You could be a serious Inustrial Heritage enthusiast or just here with the family for an entertaining hour or two. This attraction has something for everyone. I came to pay homage to Thomas and Gilchrist who invented a process for turning phosphoric ironstone into Steel, my wife enjoyed looking round the worker's cottages showing the conditions they lived in from... More

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Visited the ironworks with a large family group of varying ages and there was something for everyone! Firstly it's free entry which is an excellent touch making it accessible to everyone. We visited on a bright sunny day and it really showed the true scale of the ironworks operation in Blaenavon. The interactive displays and the view from the top... More

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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Parking is a good 150 yards away. However there is disabled parking on site but you would not realise this as the gates are padlocked! Apparently you have to approach the gate in your car and hoot your horn and someone will come and unpadlock the gate! Not exactly disability friendly. However the ironworks are very well preserved and give... More

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Pembrokeshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

What a great place, shows you the iron works and how it was and all the houses through the years. This is where the Coal House programme was filmed, so my mum was thrilled. Call in here after going to BIG PIT.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Visited the weekend of an open weekend on the 9th of August. There were people dressed in various eras with army personnel and nurses 'dealing' with wounded officers. It was free and informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Interesting museum and nice recreations inside the cottages, of how people would have lived in different times. My children loved the dark loud barn that shows you how iron is made, in both English and Welsh. Also, free.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Do visit the Blaenavon Ironworks if you are in the area. It is carefully restored and has a strong sense of heritage and history. You will leave well informed and more aware of the tough lives lived by those who worked there and the scale of operations. It certainly left me with a lasting memory. And there is no charge.... More

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