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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

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Address: 33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND , Wales
Phone Number: +44 1495 792263
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Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World...

Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World Heritage Site on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. There is ample free car and coach parking at Furnace Sidings, our main station located close to the Garn Lakes.

From Furnace Sidings our trains head both north to the Whistle Inn, and south to Blaenavon High Level Station, located a short walk from Blaenavon town centre. Since 2011 we also have a separate branch serving Big Pit Halt, adjacent to the Big Pit national mining museum.

Whether you're looking for a family day out, or are a devoted railway enthusiast, we have something for you.

With free car parking at Furnace sidings, why not combine a visit to Big Pit with a ride on the train? Enjoy a snack in the tea room at Furnace Sidings, or shop in Eric's Emporium (an outpost of The Railway Shop in Blaenavon) stocking a selection of railway models, gifts and souvenirs.

Many trains also have a buffet service offering light refreshments. Trains leave Furnace Sidings every half hour with the four mile round trip taking around 50 minutes.After paying once your tickets are then valid for the remainder of the day.

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Excellent evening - very well put together - plus a train ride.

I visited this railway for their Halloween train ride. The railway ride itself is quite short but that is made up by the fact you can ride it as many times as you want. It is run... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
penstomen
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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited this railway for their Halloween train ride. The railway ride itself is quite short but that is made up by the fact you can ride it as many times as you want. It is run by volunteers who have an obvious enthusiasm for what they do. They decorated the station and wore some terrific costumes that suited the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

We have come here every year for the past 6 years and it's amazing. It's not cheap at £9 each but the kids presents are always really good quality and picked out for the children. We love this and even when the kids have grown up me and my wife will still be coming. The train is great, the pub... More 

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1 Thank Davies-5-family
Neath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We had a great day out taking our niece and nephew on the santa stream train. All staff members were extremely friendly, the scenery was stunning, the quality of presents the children were given were excellent and the adults were taken care of with sherry and mince pies! No rip-off tourist merchandise was in sight - the cafe served good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Had a fantastic afternoon! We took our 2 year old and 5 month old, the gifts were great quality and suitable for their ages. Santa even knew their names! The train was brilliant too, sherry and mince pies for adults, juice for the kids.

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Thank Olwyn T
Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I hosted the railway while collecting passports from Newport, sadly nothing was running but what I saw was lovely, even in the chucking down rain! The station at Blaenavon is lovely and the sheds and yards are crammed with stock, will go back next summer during a gala hopefully!

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Thank Christopher F
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We rode the Santa special again this year. Fabulous again. Sherry and mince pies for the adults and Santa being in the Whistle Inn is a perfect location. Well worth the money. Will definitely be coming back next year. Staff are very friendly and excellent with the children.

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Thank welshgal1984
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

Fab time visiting blaenavon railway on Halloween. The staff had really made an effort to decorate both the train & stations and got really involved in acting out the part of various monsters & spooky creatures haunting the train Suitable for families or big kids & with a pub at the end of the line just to top things off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic night riding on the spooky trains, my daughter had a great night! Lots of effort put in by all involved, definitely worth a visit. We can't wait to come back and see Santa at Christmas!

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Not my cup of tea but my husband loved it. If you like steam trains then well worth a visit. Not a good ride if you suffer with back problems though. We went on a special event day which costs more but made it more interesting.

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A great standard gauge steam railway in the South Wales Mining Valleys. Next to another great attraction, Big Pit. One of Wales best mining museums. The Railway isn't open every week. Need to check their website for dates. One of the railways highlights is the annual steam gala which was held last weekend. 11th — 13th September 2015. When visiting... More 

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