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“Interesting Museum”
Review of Pontypool Museum

Pontypool Museum
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Pontypool
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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Interesting Museum”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This interesting museum is full of the life of Pontypool, if I had a criticism, it is very dominated by the 19th century mining and iron foundries, rather than earlier periods, possibly because few artifacts have been found from Roman and Celtic eras. There is a little bookshop and a pleasant little coffee shop as well, and it is well worth a visit.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Pontypool, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Not much to do”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I visited the mueseum last year and it was ok, but it could do with more rooms - but they have improved the variety of exhibitions from the last time I visited. It is also free which is a bonus!

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“But then, I'm biased!”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Really wanted to examine some old very local maps, but the volunteer staff for the library only come in two days a week. There's a dinosaur exhibit for the summer holidays,a display of art and fabrics by the widow of the local MP Leo Abse and videos,photographs and artefacts from Pontypool's significant industrial past. £2 for us oldies to get in, friendly helpful staff

Visited July 2013
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Thank taff515
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maesycwmmer
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“vintage tea room at the pontypool museum”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

this is a great little tea room with a vintage theme. it sells home made cakes and scones with jam and cream

Visited May 2013
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Wales, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“Don't overlook this hidden gem”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

I took my two sons here recently and we were pleasantly surprised. Firstly, because we had Torfaen Library cards we all got in free. Secondly, I was expecting 3 or 4 rooms, a gift shop and an exit.

How wrong I was! First of all the gift shop is in reception and it's very good. It also gets the gift shop nagging out of the way when you take kids round. Secondly, there are loads of rooms to see and explore. This place is like a Tardis. Not many people know about it or go there, but they really should, and the Museum should big itself up more too with more publicity!


There must have been around a dozen rooms, many of which involved multi media: films of bygone days, blackboards and chalks to design your own Japanware, info sheets and quizzes for kids, and even a huge boardroom table laid out with paper and coloured pencils for visitors to just sit and draw. They also have a toy corner with traditional toys that children are encouraged to handle and play with. My sons loved the bongo drums, triangle, tambourine, puppet theatre and puppets.

The displays include some magnificent furniture owned by the Hanbury family, oil paintings that reach the ceiling, original Japanware, photos of old Pontypool when it was bustling and in demand, old fashioned antique toys and musical instruments, history of the area's development, and displays on well known local figures, not to mention the Pontypool Front Row!

Pontypool is sadly in decline now, but this Museum will make you see it in a different light. Plus it's right next to the Park Entrance- a trip to a Museum combined with a visit to 200 acres of parkland can't be a bad day out in anyone's book.

My one complaint would be that it's only open from 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays. I think it should be open earlier. In the week its open from 10am until 5pm. Much better to open all day on a non school day.

Visited February 2013
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