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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

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Address: 33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1495 792263
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Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World...

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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Organised a trip, to fit in with the Big Pit museum, for a group of retired gentlemen. 'BOYS WITH TOYS AND ALL THAT'. Charming afternoon on an old Industrial Heritage line and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Organised a trip, to fit in with the Big Pit museum, for a group of retired gentlemen. 'BOYS WITH TOYS AND ALL THAT'. Charming afternoon on an old Industrial Heritage line and on a beutifully sunny afternoon it made our day. Unanimously enjoyed by all members of the group.

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Farnborough, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

£9 per person well spent. Run by enthusiasts, the railway is expanding. The train cycles between 3 stations all day at weekends. One station has a small museum, the other a cafe. The cafe is very cheap and good.

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Whitefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An excellent way to kill a couple of hours, we bought a Family Rover ticket (2 adults & 3 children) for £23 and could travel as many times as we wanted. The Journey takes about an hour & a half in total and its enough for the children before they get bored, only proble is that they dont have toilets... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this railway about 4 years ago and it is a fantastic railway. It has a bit more improvements since our last visit and I know with a railway like this, these improvements take time to do. It is set in lovely countryside and the Big Pit Museum isn't far away and you can get off at the Big... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took our dog out for a long walk in the blaenavon area watching the steam train shuffling up and down the line and to and from the big pit colliery and had a nice rest and refreshment in the furnace sidings station. Top marks for old fashioned atmosphere and providing plenty of dog bowls on the platform.

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South Wales, Britain
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We came here as a family of four, we were luckily enough to come here when there was a 1940's war time exhibition on where there were numerous people dressed up. Surreal experience seeing people in old fashioned clothes sitting on the steam train could imagine I had gone back in time. We had bought our steam train journey through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Visited during their murder mystery evening, which was one of the best events I have been to on a heritage railway in 2015 for the money. £16 per adult for a meal, train rides and a murder mystery entertainment evening. Very friendly staff / volunteers who make the visit that extra bit special.

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Thank Russell H
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

going here is like going into the wilderness especially if it is your first visit but do not be put off---A TRUE WELSH WELCOME AWAITS was given an impromptu visit to the sheds-----THANKYOU staff welcoming and friendly----there is more here than meets the eye

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lancashire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Lovely experience.whole trip was well organised and worked lime clockwork.Had sherry or fruit juice with mince pies on train.Roaring fire and friendly landlord at whistlestop inn.Actual visit to santa really thrilling for little ones -each child was made to feel special and given time and attention.Really good quality presents appropriate to age and gender of children. Our grandaughters loved it... More 

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Southampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Visited on a sunny bank holiday. Paid £23 for 2 adults and 1 child. She received a free teddy bears picnic. It was very quaint. Didn't travel very far but we had time for a real ale!

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