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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND , Wales
+44 1495 792263
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Ranked #3 of 5 attractions in Blaenavon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Took my 2yr old grandson on the steam train, wonderful experience lovely friendly people, will certainly be going there again.

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Amazing...very good trip back in time on this super steam train. You can use your ticket all day jump on -off. friendly staff. We were lucky had entertainment at Blenavon station celebrating WW2.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was our second visit after the enjoyable special anniversary day last year. My mum enjoyed hearing the music that she knew from her teens, as well as the steam train ride, and there were lots of people in costume playing along with the wartime theme as well as displays relating to the '40s. Entry and train prices were very... More

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12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

All who went on the Santa steam train enjoyed themselves. The little girl we took [who was my granddaughters friend] really enjoyed the train ride and loved Santa and her present, Only disappointment was that our little granddaughter could not come as she was ill. Still she got her present from Santa. Santa look so real and well dressed. My... More

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

Thank you very much for your review! I'm glad your granddaughter's friend and your daughter enjoyed the day, though I'm sorry to hear that your granddaughter wasn't well enough to visit. We try not to make it too cramped at the Whistle Inn by limiting the amount of people who can visit Santa at one time; however, we are limited... More

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The family all enjoyed the fabulous Santa Train today. I echo everything that Sarahjj74 has said in her review. Just two things to add: The visit to Santa (at the Whistle Inn) was excellent - even my teenage son was impressed with both Santa and the present! Obviously quite a bit of thought is given to the presents and both... More

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

Thank you very much for your review! I'm pleased you and your family enjoyed your visit to the railway! I'm glad that like Sarahjj74, you found Santa's presents suitable and of a good quality; it makes Santa's difficult choices worthwhile! We do highly recommend visiting the Whistle Inn and sampling its high quality local ales; and personally I would advise... More

Pontypool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Absolutely amazing Santa train,excellent value for money ,fantastic present not cheap rubbish a descent present worth at least £10,,the right present for the right age,,that's a massive plus,,,the train ride up to the grotto was fun,,went along could get on and off at the stops..also if u wanted to you can eat at the pub after seeing santa ,, Santa... More

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

Hello Sarah, Thank you very much for your kind comments! We are glad that you enjoyed your day at the railway, and we are pleased that your children enjoyed their gifts; it makes all the effort put into the event by our volunteers worthwhile! I'm certain that you know how choosing the right present is always a difficult, and I'm... More

Ely
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128 reviews 128 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

If like me, you love steam trains, then you will love this little railway and the gorgeous steam train. £11 per adult, a lovely view of the countryside and a lovely experience. We went in the rain, and I can imagine it being marvellous in the sunshine. Cafe and model railway at the Station and a small cafe at the... More

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Pontypool, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

A truly studding event for all. Exceptional value for money, I'd highly recommend a visit! The train was very tidy and warm. All ages seemed to enjoy the visit including a stop at the tearoom. As a Canadian, I can say it's nice to see the railway shown in a very good light.

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

Hello Shannon, I'm sorry for missing your review previously. Can I just say thank you for your comments! We are glad to know that you enjoyed your visit to the railway and that so many people had such a good time on Halloween, and it has made all the work for the event by our volunteers even more rewarding! We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Thank you to pontypool and blaenavon railway for a brilliant, funfilled Halloween ghost train. They made a real effort to decorate the whole station as well as the train. The costumes were amazing and the staff and volunteers really got in to the spirit of it. It was such good value for money and we had such a good time... More

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

Hello Dan, Thank you very much for your positive review of our Halloween event! We are very glad that you and your daughters enjoyed yourselves on both days, and we are glad to know that the work our volunteers put in for several months to make the event enjoyable (and scary) for the visitors paid off. As someone who was... More

Pontypool, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is my third visit to the train...easter..christmas and last night halloween...we are a large family of 5 children ranging from 7-13...the kids all loved it they screamed hysterically the volunteers dressed up were amazing had all the train travellers jumping and screaming, really was excellent fun !! Well done didn't think anything could top the santa train...but last night... More

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

Hello Kaytee, Thank you very much for your comments! We are glad that you and your family enjoyed the Halloween event and the previous events that you have attended at the railway. We are pleased to hear that your family all enjoyed the event after the work put in by our volunteers to make it an enjoyable (and spooky!) event... More

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