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Address: 33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND , Wales
Phone Number: +44 1495 792263
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Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon...

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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Halloween fun

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank LexyStays
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

Thank Carly J
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 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.

1 Thank Barbara D
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Geraint P
Kettering, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We adored our day out, at this very scenic Heritage Railway. The staff were very friendly and so welcoming. Not the longest track, but the views are amazing, and they do have some unique coaches. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank malc1005
Pembrey, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Located high up in the Mountains of South East Wales, this Railway is part of a World Heritage Site and offers a rare opportunity to travel through some stunning scenery with so much Industrial Heritage.Check the website before you travel, as trains don't run daily, but with so many other local attractions such as the Big Pit Mining Museum, it's... More 

1 Thank robmasterman
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Have seen this attraction expand and develop over the last 5 years. It is a wonderful day out for all the family-my 3 grandchildren love it. There are many events throughout the year that make the train ride even more special. Special praise must go to all the volunteers who make the experience so enjoyable.

1 Thank 721MJS
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Just spent over an hour on this very poor attraction. The train trip takes around an hour to cover the two miles of track, to summarise you travel a few hundred yards to the first stop, the Whistle Inn, then wait over 10 minutes before it moves off again. The train then travels back to the station then along for... More 

Thank micky1193
Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello Micky, I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to the railway. However, may I please make a few comments on your review? I fully acknowledge that our line currently is rather short, with both the Big Pit and Whistle Inn sections of line being around half a mile in length. We do have plans to... More 

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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

6 of us visited here. We arrived and had to wait an hour for the train so we had some food and drink in the cafe which was very reasonably priced. The hour flew by and then we got sat in the carriage on the train. It was brilliant, the staff were excellent and really engaged with the kids. The... More 

3 Thank Mark G
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186 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A small volunteer run railway which is trying to extend the line.Old BR coaches make this an interesting if short trip.My advise park here for free get the train to the Big Pit and it saves the parking fee at the Big Pit. Plus you will helping to get the line restored.

2 Thank abacusman

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