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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 – 5pm daily 

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

10am – 4pm Thursday - Saturday

Closed Sunday - Wednesday

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£5.80
Family*
£16.80
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£3.50
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£4.60

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry

Book admission before your visit via our online shop


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.  

Disabled parking is permitted within the site.

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
Due to technical difficulties, our sites do not have computer access. Please ring our sites directly or send any e-mails to cadw@gov.wales

Blaenavon Ironworks
North St, Blaenavon NP4 9RN