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Blaenavon Ironworks

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Address: North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN, Wales
Phone Number: 01495 792615
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The most complete surviving early ironworks anywhere in the...

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.

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Lovely cottages

Lovely cottages showing how houses have progemressed over the last century. Kids found it really interesting going into each house and seeing how things had progressed

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely cottages showing how houses have progemressed over the last century. Kids found it really interesting going into each house and seeing how things had progressed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic heritage site and well worth a visit. Cottages decorated with interiors from 1790 to 1967, the attention to detail was amazing and they were a lovely nostalgia trip. The audio points and information boards really bring the story of the site to life, as does the recreation of the iron making process in one of the old foundries. We... More 

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Farnborough, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here to kill some time before going on the steam train at the big pit. For a free museum, you certainly get your money's worth. They are gradually renovating the brick exhibits and there are workers houses presented in the format of a number of different eras. Good explanation of the iron making process.

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Thank stmalcolm
Kidwelly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here after big pit. It was Easter so the kids did a free Easter egg hunt. Interesting place with cottages furnished in different eras. Kids loved it!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Incorporate with a visit to Big Pit. Free to visit. The site consists of the remains of an iron works and cottages, many set out with exhibits through the ages and a shop that was the local convenience store. We found the whole site and especially the cottages interesting and educational. Well worth a visit.

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Thank PhilipLeic
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After visiting the Big Pit we followed up with a visit to the Ironworks, it is only a few minutes away. First point to note is the car park is not on the site but just across the road. Only a short walk. The sight is spectacular in size but is a ruin, they have done some really good work... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Ironworks after Big Pit and it really added to the experience and the impression of the area as a whole. We loved the film explaining how they made the iron 'pigs' and enjoyed the views around the site. The cottages laid out in different eras were brilliant fun to explore.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting place with more to see than you may think. We have visited the Big Pit a couple of times before, just a few hundred yards away and have never stopped before to look at this sight. There is a free car park right opposite. We found it extremely interesting with several audio points around the exhibits. The... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The remains of the ironworks are most impressive with the importance of the site in the history of technology being explained quite well and I was surprised to learn that not only was it a major iron works, it was actually also the birthplace of Welsh steel making. The workers cottages furnished in the style of different periods were very... More 

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Somerset, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set into the hillsides on the edge of town, the calm and quietude nowadays of this semi-rural setting belies the roar of industry which once emanated over the hills and across the nation from the invention and sweat of its peoples over the last three centuries. This superbly preserved site simultaneously evokes and educates respect for the groundbreaking processes in... More 

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