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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 Attractions in Blaenavon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, 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, 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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Surrey, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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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44 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Northfleet
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I visited on a rainy damp day which probably set the scene. It's free to get in which i thought made the effort of finding the venue worth a visit. There isn't really much to see apart from derelict buildings, you really do need to venture inside one as there is a cine with commentary of the workings of the... More 

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Horsham
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This literally was 'pick a place on the map' and drive - hadnt heard anything about it. What an amazing place. Informative and really atmospheric. Great place to visit for all ages. No charge to get in, so I would ask everyone to be generous when they give a voluntary contribution as its is a gem worth keeping.

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South Wales
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A great piece of history of what life was like in the ironworks with a row of cottages just like it would have been back then. Lots to see outside so pick a dry day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Having previously visited the big pit and the heritage centre I haven't often passed the iron works and it looks closed so not ever stopped even when cycling past each weekend. However with family visiting thought we'd go in. We got a good friendly reception with big smiles and a quick run through of what to see and then spent... More 

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monmouth
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

i had watched coal house and then visited the iron works and really felt it. it had a cozy homely feel to it not like a detached museum. it felt lie real people had lived there. i think they should add sound effects to some of the rooms.

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