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“redundant but worth a visit”

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.
Ely, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
231 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“redundant but worth a visit”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

I was a little disappointed at first to discover that most of what was there, had been dismantled. However, there are exhibits that show the working Ironworks and it was a very interesting visit. For me, the best bit was the houses, and how people working at the Ironworks lived. A very interesting experience for children to see how over the years interiors of working families houses that were tied to the job changed. The man of the house was more interested in the big stuff, the mechanics and the history. Something for everyone. Free entry, a very small coffee shop within the gift shop.

Visited October 2013
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Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Amazing piece of 200 year old industrial architecture.”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Reamarkable to think that thousands of people worked at this site making iron and steel. The location for BBC Tv's Coal House series the North Street Blaenavon Ironworks is a must-see place for visitors to the World Heritage Site. Workers' cottages, right next to this noisy, smelly workplace are furnished and give a great view of how people lived in this cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

Walk up to the top of the furnaces and ponder how the poor lad felt when suspended over the furnace mouth to light the contents!

Visited November 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Historic Ironworks”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Remants of historic ironworks and homes occupied by workers. Homes were restorations done for movie sets, but very interesting. Good insight into hard work and lives of people who once lived here. Not much inside old ironworks buildings and one was closed when we visited. This is probably worth an hour of your time to walk around and look over and it is free.

Visited October 2013
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
1 review
“a great piece of our industrial heritage”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Ironworks is best visited in conjunction with the nearby Big Pit. Both are free tho you may need to pay for parking at Big Pit. The Ironworks is a great place to take kids as they can scramble over the site and see down the furnaces from above. The workers cottages are really interesting and well displayed. Highly recommended - but watch the weather as it can be misty and wet at this high altitude.

Visited April 2013
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

A very interesting and well kept site.Good views from higher points.Liked the castiron horses and the cottages furnished for different periods.

Visited September 2013
Thank maltophile
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