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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 6 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

A chance to ride on a steam train and explore the station. You can also get a snack at the station cafe

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Cwmbran, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Just me and my toddler on this trip, stations are lovely, he loved the shop with lots of Thomas Tank toys, was very excited riding up and down the lines on the trains, there is quite a big gap from the train to the platform and doors are narrow was glad I only had stroller I don't think anything bigger... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

As one of my hobbys is steam trains , i was delighted that there was a Gala that weekend, with 4 visiting engines ,excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Got to the steam railway at12.15 caught the train at 12.30 rode all day the steam train was more comfortable than many modern trains i have travelled on the stations are small and only stop for a little while but took in the big pit mine for a tour which is free found out quite a bit about mining in... More

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is not for thrillseekers as its a relaxed affair, but if you want to experience the steam age, you'll enjoy it. It's a chilled out experience as the whole line is only a few miles. You can stop off at Big Pit or the Ironworks to taste even more history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Had a lovely day experienced if only a little of what life would be like in the mines lovely your guide with friendly staff most enjoyable day

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Gwent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We used a Groupon voucher saving £5 on the fare for 2 adults and paid for my granddaughter on the day. The staff are dressed authentically and very knowledgeable. We purchased drinks, very reasonably priced , it was a brisk day so took them with us on the train. Lovely scenery and the train itself is full of character ..... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Amazing railway to visit. I went 5 years ago and it just went to the whistle. I went again this year and they have opened the line to Blaenavon High Level and to Big Pit. You can walk the line on the cycle track which is next to the railway line. They hope to extend to Waenavon and to varteg... More

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The railway, which seems to be a purely volunteer line, has very limited opening. I knew this when I went (I was really visiting "Big Pit") but i had a look round parts of it & met a friendly volunteer who was doing some tidying and who told me the railway had a shop/office in Blaenavon. I went there, was... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

There are three stations which the train visits. I had a day pass for a family of 5 which cost £12 with a promotional voucher. The train left a little bit late due to lots of small kids needing the toilet. The train set off and reached destination 1 after about four minutes - here it waited about ten minutes.... More

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

Hello, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your day at the railway. Regarding the long sitting around in the stations, I presume destination one was the Whistle Inn, and in that case, the ten minute waiting around does seem excessive. At other stations we have to wait around not only for passengers, but for the route to be correctly... More

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