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“Another Great find Blaenavon Ironworks!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blaenavon Ironworks

Blaenavon Ironworks
North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
01495 792615
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Blaenavon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: The most complete surviving early ironworks anywhere in the world.Established in the late eighteenth century, Blaenavon Ironworks was one of the leading Welsh ironworks and played a key role in the technological development of the iron industry during the Industrial Revolution.Under the care of Cadw and free to all visitors, Blaenavon Ironworks boasts remains of all of the key physical attributes used for the Iron making process, alongside original refurbished workers cottages. Fused with modern day interpretation, the site offers visitors a unique insight into the working and social aspects of industrial life in the 19th century.The Ironworks was also the setting for the award-winning BBC television series Coal House and Coal House at War.
Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom
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“Another Great find Blaenavon Ironworks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The Iron works is also free and there is so much to keep you entertained from the story of the furnace's to the workers cottages going back through the ages which we found really nice to see the old furniture and appliances that your mum and dad and grandma and granddad had it their homes as well? Again well worth a visit and if you feel as we did it was worth the visit you can always make a donation as we did. John & Sue

Visited June 2014
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Hailsham, England, United Kingdom
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“Good short visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We vIsited the ironworks after the Big Pit. As this attraction is relatively compact it can easily be visited before or after the Big Pit. The site has good signage explaining the industrial processes, the growth and significance of the iron works. There are a number of cottages decorated and furnished in different eras (1920s, 40s and 60s) together with the ironworks shop - these really make you appreciate how life in the ironworks was lived. A relatively low-key attraction which can be explored at your own pace. Most enjoyable hour to 90 minutes.

Visited April 2014
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wales uk
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“relight history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Fantastic tourist attraction allowing visitors to see for themselves the way families actually lived when the ironworks was in full force. The history resulted in a series and was actually filmed on site. Not many historical attractions are so true to life like this one. If your interest is in Welsh history you can't afford to miss this one.

Visited May 2014
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Southampton
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“Free and brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Free parking, free entry, friendly staff and incredibly informative. If your planning a trip to Big Pit make sure you stop here too. The museums impressive ironwork remains dominate the site but the old workers cottages are decorated as they might have looked at various times gone by as per the BBC tv series the coal houses. There are also excellent views of the area from the top and it is great to learn more about this historically crucially important location and It's role in the industrial revolution of the Victorian age. I always thought it looked closed when driving past but it's open everyday throughout the season and really really worth the visit.

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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“industrial heritage”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

exellent place to go see with all the family. i suggest a dry day to visit as most is outdoors, the houses are a good part. this was where they filmed bbc coal house series. i suggest making a day of it and going to big pit which is down the road which is a coal mine which has free entry with an underground tour.

Visited January 2014
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