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Industrial Heritage, free entry

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Blaenavon Iron Works

Blaenavon Iron Works

Address

North Street,
Blaenavon,
Torfaen,
NP4 9RN

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec Father Christmas Grotto
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Dec Father Christmas Grotto

Details

The famous ironworks at Blaenavon were a milestone in the history of the Industrial Revolution. Captivated by the Coal House series? You’re not alone! The BBC television series, filmed on site, has attracted thousands of new visitors to witness how difficult life was for working families at Blaenavon Ironworks’ Stack Square cottages.

The site is free to all and along with the refurbished cottages and recreated company truck shop; new cutting-edge audio post technology helps bring the story of Blaenavon Ironworks to life like never before. Over two hundred years ago, a different form of cutting-edge technology enabled the power of steam to be harnessed, making Blaenavon possible and taking Wales’s industrial might to a new height.

Charging to casting. Charging took place at the ‘furnace top’ with coal, iron ore and limestone, before casting the molten metal in the yard below.

However, the ironworks is only one part of the story. The surrounding landscape is also revolutionary in its form and function. From mines to train lines, you can still trace the routes in and routes out, from raw material to finished product.

Millions of pounds were made for some. Millions more can thank Blaenavon’s industrial ingenuity for a lot of what we take for granted today. Whether the workers were as grateful is debatable. Living and working conditions here, while better than most, were more boot camp than holiday camp.

Opening details

1 April - 4 November 2018 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
5 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Thursday to Saturday - 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday to Wednesday - Closed.
1 April - 3 November 2019 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Free entry

Directions

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Map reference: SO 249091  Lat: 51.77613 Long: -3.08969

A4043 north from Pontypool; at Blaenavon take the B4246 and follow the brown signs.
Bus 3km/2 miles, route X24 from Newport via Cwmbran, Pontypool and Varteg.
Bike NCN Route No.46 (600m/650 yards).

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Pontypool & New Inn station