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“Interesting part of the world heritage sites in Blaenavon”

Blaenavon Ironworks
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Blaenavon
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

We visited the old ironworks site on our tour to Blaenavon. You can explore the site yourself free of charge. There is also a small exhibition showing how the production worked.

Thank Martin2706
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

A really interesting afternoon and it's free! Helpful staff who make industrial history come to life. Thank you!

Thank Kolokotronis
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We only had a brief visit and will go back again to explore this fascinating site. Parking is free across the road and huge balance tower and three blast furnaces can be seen as you walk up to the gates. Entrance is free and a friendly reception area prepares you with a map showing the layout and history of the site. Good walking shoes are useful particularly if you walk up to the top of the balance tower. We only had time to visit a few of the old worker cottages which are furnished ready for the ironworkers to return home with tables laid out ready. A few buildings are closed for refurbishment but should be open later in September. After visiting the Ironworks there are still lots to do in the village which is a world heritage site and we journeyed over the hills into the Blaenavon valley across superb countryside.

Thank Harry C
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

An excellent presentation of rhe living and working conditions of the induatrial revolution in South Wales. Audio narratives brought the interiors of workers' residences (arranged chronologically) to life as did stops that explained the iron making process. These demonstrated the human costs of this business, probably most vividly exemplified by the company store with its monopoly and high prices. As the descendants of ironworkers from the region, we found the visit one of the most moving stops during our recent trip.

Site includes a well-stocked shop staffed by a most helpful young woman. Highly recommended.

Thank Schmotterj
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Having visited the Big pit we went on to the iron works. Again free entry. My daughter loved exploring the houses.

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