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Guardian - Six Bells Mining Memorial

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Address: Chapel Road | Chapel Road, Six Bells, Blaenau Gwent, Abertillery NP13 2ND, Wales
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Welcome to Ty Ebbw Fach located in Six Bells. Named after the river running...

Welcome to Ty Ebbw Fach located in Six Bells. Named after the river running past, We have a Heritage Centre full of stories from Six Bells and it’s the place to find out all about the stunning Guardian Miners Memorial which is only a short walk away. So why not pop in and see us before or after your unforgettable trip to Guardian? On the first floor is a conference room which can be hired for functions. Accessible by lift, this room is used for meetings, christening parties, birthday parties. Please contact us if you would like further information.

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Stunning Memorial to the Miners

This is a breath taking Memorial to the 45 Miners, men and boys who lost there life in the 1960 mining disaster from a gas explosion. It's set in a beautiful setting in the Six... read more

Reviewed June 21, 2016
michael t
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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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Blaenau Gwent, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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Reviewed June 23, 2016

This was in memory of the mines lost in Six bells Disaster. Would they have appreciate this so large, I think myself the scale is too large and nothing there to enhance it. Money spent on this but what about the area around it. To encourage people to visit there needs to be more.

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Southwest
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202 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

I agree with all the foregoing. The massiveness of the structure countered by the heart rending recital of the poor souls who died in that 1960 tragedy. I was saddened to note that someone had seen fit to destroy the leaflet container by the car park thus depriving the visitor of a local insight into the disaster and the memorial... More 

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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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186 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a breath taking Memorial to the 45 Miners, men and boys who lost there life in the 1960 mining disaster from a gas explosion. It's set in a beautiful setting in the Six Bells to Abertillery Valley. They could not have done a better job of the Memorial. It's is a must, to see for locals and any... More 

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Abertillery, null, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2016

Completed in 2010, Guardian was commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 mining disaster in Six Bells that claimed the lives of 45 men. The amazing 20 metre sculpture towers over the site of the former colliery where the tragedy occurred and is a fitting tribute to the men whose names are cut into panels wrapped around the... More 

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Belle Mare
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2016

This piece of art continually changes form as you walk towards it --ghost like to start with and only makes sense when you stand directly between it and the village of Six Bells. The look of anguish that the sculptor has been able to create is incredible. If you are not moved to tears by this amazing work you will... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2016

A lovely short stroll from the car park with information boards & plenty of memorial benches alongside the (Tarmac) path. While there are some works to do with local wildlife going on currently, this does not detract from the majesty of the statue, nor the calm ambience of the space. Look out for 'Guardian' brown sign on main road directing... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2016

Visited this as a family.Short walk through a park thats being done up and a small reed pond for wildlife. Weather was not on our side but the wind and cloudy sky gave a deeper meaning to the experience.

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 571 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2016

The Six Bells Mining Memorial was built in memory of the 1960 tragedy, when 45 miners were killed in an explosion. The statue is a huge one (20 meters) and it overlooks the town of Abertillery from a nice park. The only downside is that the attraction is not signed properly from the town and it's quite hard to find... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Outstanding piece of memorial art. Miners that died in the Six Bells Pit Disaster. Will be honoured and remembered for a long time to come.

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Crickhowell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favourite places to walk my dog since moving to Blackwood. On a sunny day the memorial statue looks absolutely beautiful, and it's such a tranquil space that I can easily get lost in thought whilst having a stroll. With the different paths around the place, my Labrador enjoys picking up the different scents too. If... More 

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