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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

Address: 33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND , Wales
Phone Number: +44 1495 792263
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Blaenavon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Absolutely amazing. Loved every minute, the detail and work that had gone in was obvious, thoroughly recommend it for next year and we will be back with the little ones for the Christmas specials too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Brilliant fun for most of us. Very scarey for the little ones but they warmed to it towards the end. The volunteers at the railway really put their heart and soul into it so i was pleased to see it busy. A family ticket for five was £15 and included a drink for mum and dad. You could ride as... More

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South Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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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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United Kingdom
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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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