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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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Lovely break on our dog walk

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Louise L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

We visited on May bank holiday Monday and had an extremely enjoyable afternoon. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the stations, surroundings and steam train were lovely. I would recommend a visit to families of all ages we were 5 adults and we had a wonderful time.

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Thank Hanfish99
Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Nice wee family day out on the steam train. Linda the guard was really friendly with the kids and let our youngest sit in guards chair at the front yo watch the guys working the engine. Both our boys got to stand on the footplate and watch the guys at work which was a really nice touch. Definitely worth a... More 

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Weston-super-Mare, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Bought vouchers from Groupon for unlimited travel for the day for 2 adults. All the staff were friendly and welcoming. We rode the train the full length of the journey, stopped off in a couple of places. Unfortunately Big Pit was closed, but we visited the local brewery and went for a walk in the area. Only improvement I could... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Wonderful railway, only open weekends. The carriage so ace armchairs and even a conference table, so unusual, but great! We loved the station master and all the volunteers were brilliant. Me, my husband, his sister and her husband Thoroughly enjoyed our journey and time there.

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