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Address: North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
Phone Number: 01495 792615
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Description: The most complete surviving early ironworks anywhere in the...
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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I learnt a lot

I have to admit that I was surprised at how much we learnt from our visit. You think you are just going to arrive, look and then go. Not so. The visitor centre is really worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I have to admit that I was surprised at how much we learnt from our visit. You think you are just going to arrive, look and then go. Not so. The visitor centre is really worth spending some time in and reading much of the timeline history that is very well displayed and written - I defy anyone not to... More 

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Loughton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Short and sweet visit, on the way back from the Big Pit. Most of the iron processing side of it is almost a ruin but they have a lovely sound and vision display of the smelting. The cottages through the ages is well portrayed (look for the finer details, you'll always see bits your nan had). Staff were good and... More 

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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Stumbled on this place after leaving the equally awesome Big pit on our way to Ebbw Vale (don't know why but hadn't heard of it previously?) Awesome atmospheric site you can almost feel the presence of the men, women and children that worked and lived here in what undoubtedly having to feed those furnaces and cast the pig iron would... More 

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dorset
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108 reviews 108 reviews
48 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Two hours was spent wandering around this site. The houses showing how people lived in various years were very enjoyable with the historic site giving a small taste of how life would have been. A bit more info around the site would have been good so I suggest splshing out on the guidebook to get the full story.

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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Very well presented exhibitions and startling displays. Visit the real set where the Coal House series were filmed.A fantastic history lesson suitable for all the family. Ladies in the small gift shop were very helpful. Free entry and free parking. Highly recommended

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We visited Blaenavon Ironworks yesterday and really enjoyed it. Having watched and loved The Coal House, it was great to see where that was filmed and going inside the houses, felt like stepping back in time. A great place to visit and we would definitely recommend it to others.

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welshandproud
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Always take students as it is a local attraction and it is free .......every time cannot fail to be impressed.

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Somewhere you HAVE to go after the Big Pit............Really well presented experience for all the family

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Swansea
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

There wasn't too much to see and what there was, whilst very interesting could have been better presented.

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Swansea United kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Initially we thought this wasnlt open but it was and there were only a few visitors. It was really interesting to visit the place where the TV programmer/ historical experience took place even on a cool dampish day

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