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Blaenavon Ironworks

North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
01495 792615
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Ranked #2 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A good day out free parking buy it .a lot to see old iron works now a roof on sum of it a short film on iron was made. And you can see how the worker live

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preston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

very interesting , free parking, great helpful staff , great simulation of blast furnace and cottages very interesting ,dogs welcome , light refreshments available

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norwiich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

You wouldn't think that ironworks would be interesting, but they are! Easy to imagine the hard work which was undertaken here for little reward, and the restoration of the workers' cottages is particularly well-done and will appeal to the women!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Very interesting and love the new displays. Would love to spend a night in one of the period cottages :)

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IPSWICH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A small site but very attractive & educational, learning how the iron ore is converted to pig-iron. Also very interesting were the cottages that had rooms decorated & interesting household items at various dates in the past

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Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The Iron works is also free and there is so much to keep you entertained from the story of the furnace's to the workers cottages going back through the ages which we found really nice to see the old furniture and appliances that your mum and dad and grandma and granddad had it their homes as well? Again well worth... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We vIsited the ironworks after the Big Pit. As this attraction is relatively compact it can easily be visited before or after the Big Pit. The site has good signage explaining the industrial processes, the growth and significance of the iron works. There are a number of cottages decorated and furnished in different eras (1920s, 40s and 60s) together with... More

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wales uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Fantastic tourist attraction allowing visitors to see for themselves the way families actually lived when the ironworks was in full force. The history resulted in a series and was actually filmed on site. Not many historical attractions are so true to life like this one. If your interest is in Welsh history you can't afford to miss this one.

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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Free parking, free entry, friendly staff and incredibly informative. If your planning a trip to Big Pit make sure you stop here too. The museums impressive ironwork remains dominate the site but the old workers cottages are decorated as they might have looked at various times gone by as per the BBC tv series the coal houses. There are also... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

exellent place to go see with all the family. i suggest a dry day to visit as most is outdoors, the houses are a good part. this was where they filmed bbc coal house series. i suggest making a day of it and going to big pit which is down the road which is a coal mine which has free... More

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