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Blaenavon Ironworks

Address: North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
Phone Number: 01495 792615
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Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Blaenavon
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The most complete surviving early ironworks anywhere in the world.Established in the late...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Spent a couple of hours wandering around this interesting site, after the friendly staff had advised us what to look for. The furnace with its electronic wizardry is really good! The site is quite eerie thinking about how many people worked here in such difficult circumstances. Well worth a visit but.... I wish I had not bothered to go I... More 

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Burry Port, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

An atmospheric site which allows the mind to imagine how it once was. Exceptionally helpful staff are ready to give information about the ironworks and surrounding area.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Loads of stuff to see and good for the imagination The cottages are well laid out for travelling through time Best wear good footwear as its gravelly underfoot and lots of stairs in the cottages but well worth a visit

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Well I visited this place some time back with friends visiting us in Merthyr. I found it a breathtaking experience just walking over the past, and my imagination Running wild. Quite a ghostly effect over me, surrounded with imaginary iron workers accompanied with the noise and smell of the iron works. A lot to take in, Also recorded commentary available... More 

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Salisbury
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106 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

When my husband told me were going to visit an iron works I had to suppress a yawn! But not only is it free it is really very interesting. There is a small gift shop with friendly and helpful staff who tell you the best way round. There are many cottages furnished as they would have been through the ages,... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Well worth a visit combined with the Big Pit museum down the road. Free entry (wow!) and plenty to see. Very interactive and many of the focus points have information stands to press that then talk to you and explain what you're looking at - very informative. You are able to see the tools and buildings used to produce iron... More 

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Detroit
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122 reviews 122 reviews
44 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

If you have time AFTER the Big Pit, go see this site to understand why new workers there were welcomed with the phrase "Welcome to Hell." It was the inferno. The scale of industry is the story of the 19th century.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Lovely friendly welcome at door office by local lady and a cup of coffee at cheap price.Lots of interesting things to see and history with the highlight being the blast furnace lit up to see.Thank you very much great day out will go back.

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Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

While not perhaps as powerful and emotive as the tour of big pit. The ironworks are historically the equal of the mine. The lack of a human tour guide perhaps is the reason as the screens and visual animation were quite hard to follow. However you do get a sense of the place as it would have been when in... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

An interesting old ironworks with a couple of rows of workers cottages furnished as they would have been in the 1930 to 1970s. As with most "attractions" in Wales there is no admission charge.Well worth a visit for anyone in the area,if combined with The Big Pit you have a full day of sightseeing in Blaenavon.

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