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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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Pembrokeshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Free to visit. Free car parking. Good welcome. Great to visit the cottages which are furnished according to different decades. A trip down memory lane. Lots of items that parents and grandparents had owned.

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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We visited this site after Big Pit and it added a lot to our appreciation of the area's history. Coal and iron are related historically and so visiting both is a good way to increase your knowledge of the history of South Wales and the contributions made by miners and ironworkers. Don't forget to visit the housing area to see... More

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Sevenum, Limburg, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had free entrance and that surprised us because it takes a lot of money to keep thos ironworks in good shape, very interesting to see how people lived and worked in those Days

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South Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Now we see Iron and steel everywhere we go and probably take it for granted most of the time but a visit here will show that the importance of this ore was a turning point in civilisation itself..... The visit should probably take about 1 1/2 hours or so but with this and coupled with the Big Pit less than... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Spend a couple of hours here and really enjoyed learning about how ironworks ticked in the valleys and looking through the house as they would have looked in different decades. will worth a visit, well done to all the staff.

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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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