Blaenavon Ironworks

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Blaenavon Ironworks
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
In 1789 Blaenavon Ironworks first harnessed the power of steam to blow air into its huge blast furnaces. A century later it was here that Sidney Gilchrist Thomas transformed the world’s steel industry by inventing a method to remove phosphorus from iron ore. The ruined furnaces are still visible today alongside the impressive remains of the foundry, cast house and water balance tower that raised wagons 80 feet into the air.
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Caroline G
Solihull, UK12 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
What a fascinating place. Definitely worth a visit. The Audio Visual is really powerful although it’s hard to recreate in full the terrible conditions there. The heat, noise, smoke. The key workers cottages were done up realistically to represent several periods from 1750’s to 1967- the last one being my particular favourite! The 3 staff in the ticket office/shop were delightful. Super-helpful, very friendly. Great selection of good quality gifts and souvenirs. Lovely smell of coffee too!
Written October 12, 2021
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Michael T
Leeds, UK313 contributions
Oct 2021
This property is under the care of Cadw, the Welsh national body for care of ancient monuments.
There is a free car-park opposite the site, or, public transport can be used.
The most interesting exhibit on the site I found was the cottages where the workers once lived. A number have been decorated in the way they would have been from the 1800’s to the 1900’s. An impressive piece of architecture is the balance tower. In the cast house there is a short video attempting to show how the cast house would have been when it was in operation.
There are also audio points at various places, but most of them were not working, due to ingress of rain, I suspect, as they are exposed to the elements.
The site is not far from Big Pit and if you are coming by car, it would seem sensible to make a day of it in Blaenavon visiting both and perhaps also doing the town trail. Blaenavon is a UNESCO World Heritage site and there is a very informative tourist information office in the library.
Written October 9, 2021
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HappyGirl214
South Wales, UK92 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Interesting and informative. Got quite an insight into the working conditions at the time. Enjoyed looking around the little cottages where the workers lived, which were done out as they might have looked at different points of history. To think there could be so many people living in such a small, basic house is humbling.
The toilets are before you get to the entrance booth so use them on the way in if you think you might need them.
No cafe on site but the ticket booth sells hot drinks.
We spent two hours there.
Written September 1, 2021
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Andrew K
Cardiff, UK353 contributions
Aug 2021
Castles are almost two-a-penny in Wales but industrial sites such as this are rarer and must be treasured. It is a peaceful and atmospheric place now but must have been hell on earth when up and running. I'd echo all the recent comments; the audio-visual display is excellent. It would have got 5* if all the audio touchpoints had been working.
Written August 31, 2021
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GriffithsDon
Pencoed, UK24 contributions
Aug 2021
This is worth a stop, a very interesting site to visit, There's a car park right across the road from it. It isn’t a large site and alot of it is outside, There is an interesting video presentation in one of the old furnace buildings and they have recreated the workers cottages to show living conditions through the years. Grand parents taking their grandchildren there and relating what's on display in the cottages to what they had in those years would, I think, be an eye open for the younger generation.
The only fault on the site was that some of the audio points were out of action so Cadw need to address this.
Written August 27, 2021
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MTandP
staffs, UK121 contributions
Aug 2021
We had a very interesting talk from a volunteer who explained about the site. You can see the recreated living quarters and walk about the whole site. Good spot and close to the big pit site that make a day out
Written August 21, 2021
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Gailhf
3 contributions
Aug 2021
Extremely interesting and informative. I especially liked the cottages. It was wonderful to be able to wander round them and get a real feel for what life was like.
Very reasonable cost with a free car park just across the road.
Written August 21, 2021
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Mike C
Guildford, UK1,159 contributions
Jul 2021
You need to follow signs for “other attractions” and you will get here easily. We stopped at the Heritage Centre thinking it was all walkable from there, which it certainly isn’t. There is a good sized car park right across the road from it.

This is worth a stop. It isn’t a big place and it is nearly all outside. There is an interesting video presentation in one of the old furnace buildings
Written August 1, 2021
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Griff H
24 contributions
Jul 2021
Terrific experience. Really interesting and very well done. Staff were extremely helpful and interested.
Written July 14, 2021
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Victoria A
London, UK29 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited on a lovely, sunny day and spent about an hour there. It's interesting, well laid out, with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good parking across the road. My Dad walks with a stick and managed most parts of the site except for one part that was very steep. Well worth a visit, probably combined with other historical sites in the area.
Written July 5, 2021
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  • Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM