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Visitor Notice

Blaenavon Ironworks will reopen on Friday 13 November — please check our opening days and times below.

You must pre-book your tickets before your visit and please remember:

  • tickets cannot be sold to anyone resident outside of Wales, or to groups with more than 4 people over the age of 10 unless all are living within the same household; you may be asked to show proof of residence
  • book a ticket for every member of your party for the same time slot
  • bring your face mask, to be worn in all indoor areas.

Book Tickets

If you are unable to book your tickets online please call our booking helpline on 03000 252239.

If you would like further information about your booking please email us at CadwTickets@gov.wales

All tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to an alternative date, time or venue.

Please visit our reopening our staffed heritage sites page and our FAQs for guidance on our safety measures at site.

Overview

Giant of the industrial age still stands tall on the shoulders of its workers

Blaenavon changed the world. These hills on the edge of the Brecon Beacons were rich with coal, limestone and iron ore — the fuel of the Industrial Revolution.

From here Wales heaved and belched and blasted itself onto the global stage. Welsh iron fashioned trailblazing engines, tools and machines. It built bridges, ships and railway lines. In short it made the modern world.

In 1789 Blaenavon Ironworks first harnessed the power of steam to blow air into its huge blast furnaces. A century later it was here that Sidney Gilchrist Thomas transformed the world’s steel industry by inventing a method to remove phosphorus from iron ore.

The ruined furnaces are still visible today alongside the impressive remains of the foundry, cast house and water balance tower that raised wagons 80 feet into the air.

Blaenavon was run by great, and often ruthless, industrialists. But it would have been nothing without its workers. Explore their authentically furnished cottages and the recreated ‘truck shop’ where they spent their meagre wages.

Their story, told through cutting-edge interpretation, lies at the heart of an industrial landscape so unique it’s been made a World Heritage Site.

More about Blaenavon Ironworks


Opening times

10am–1pm Closed 1–2pm 2–5pm

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Closed

Tuesday and Wednesday

10am–1pm Closed 1–2pm 2–5pm

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

During this period of local lockdown, the outside areas of Blaenavon Ironworks will remain open for residents living within the Torfaen area ONLY.

Visiting the Ironworks will be free during this period. Please ensure you practise social distancing, adhere to the rule of six, and follow onsite safety information at all times.

Daily 10am–1pm Closed 1–2pm 2–5pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

During this period of local lockdown, the outside areas of Blaenavon Ironworks will remain open for residents living within the Torfaen area ONLY.

Visiting the Ironworks will be free during this period. Please ensure you practise social distancing, adhere to the rule of six, and follow onsite safety information at all times.

10am–4pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Closed Monday–Thursday 

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January  


Prices & Tickets

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£5.20
Family*
£14.50
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£3.10
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£4.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry


Facilities

Accessible toilets icon Car park icon Dogs welcome icon Exhibition icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon Refreshments icon Toilets icon School visits icon Venue hire icon

The disabled toilet is accessed via a ramp.

Car park (200 metres) with approx. 40 spaces is across a busy main road.  

 

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

On-site exhibition within monument.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.

Smoking is not permitted.

A portable induction loop is available.

Light refreshments are available.

Visitor toilets are available at this site.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

 

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.


Directions

Road
Via A4043, follow signs to Big Pit Mining Museum and Blaenavon Ironworks.
Rail
12km/8mls, Pontypool and New Inn, on the Manchester/Liverpool-Pontypool/Cardiff route.
Bus
3km/2mls, route X24 from Newport via Cwmbran, Pontypool and Varteg.
Bike
NCN Route No.46 (600m/656yrds).

Postcode NP4 9RQ

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries 03457 48 49 50.

 


Contact us

Telephone 01495 792615

Email
BlaenavonIronworks@gov.wales

Address
Blaenavon Ironworks
North St, Blaenavon NP4 9RN