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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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Description: 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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Great day out

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Mark G
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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 

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dorset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 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.

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We did not really know what to expect but when we got there and on the train we soon found out! The train goes up and down a single track through Furnace Sidings (the station we got on at) We went on the train to the "big pit" museum which was also great. The kids really enjoyed the train and... More 

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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Bought a groupon for a ride on the train and had a very enjoyable afternoon. The children had a lovely time and we sat in the brake car and the kids were able to watch what was happening. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

O.M.G. £8 an adult and £5 a child to go 2 min ride to one stop then back,then 2,min ride the other way to big pit closed... Then 2 min back,then the icing on the cake 2 min back (different line ) to the "museum" ,that will be the brick shed with a couple of post cards on the wall...stay... More 

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

Hello Richard, I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to the railway. However, may I please comment on your reply? Firstly, the Big Pit closures throughout this August are beyond our control. Big Pit is operated by the National Museum of Wales, where as we are a separate charitable volunteer operation that just happens to have a... More 

Derby, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

enjoyed a very nice journey on this railway , journey on the train was in beautiful countryside on a nice sunny day, is 3 miles in length, but split in little sections, which was nice , check when its open though, as its not open every weekend , a rover ticket lets you get on / off when you want

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shoeburyness, Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Brilliant day out. Took my five year old daughter and she absolutely loved it. Unlimited travel that let's you get on and off at will. Very friendly staff and so helpful. Can't understand the negative comments.

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Barry, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Had a deal for a discounted family ticket to ride the steam train. We all had a really nice day out, the staff were excellent. There was a buffet carriage but heard complaints that they didn't have sandwiches, most people just took picnics with them. I think they did serve tea and coffee, but it stops at furnace sidings where... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Lovely little ride on the train. Remember it's very old so there's a bit of waiting around but you can see the drivers part and scenery is lovely. All ran by volunteers so thank you for keeping this little bit of history alive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Lovely settings and the staff are really nice and welcoming and you get to see what it was like to get around from years ago, in the shop you can get ration books, identity cards and the tags that children got when they were sent away in the war Good day out

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