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Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

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Address: Church Road, Blaenavon NP4 9AS, Wales
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+44 1495 742333
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00

The World Heritage Centre is situated in Blaenavon itself, within the...

The World Heritage Centre is situated in Blaenavon itself, within the historic former St. Peter’s Church School, founded in 1816, and is the starting point for your visit to the whole Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The former heavy industries left their mark on the environment, which is full of hidden treasures to be discovered after learning what this incredible valley has to offer. St Peter's School, founded by Sarah Hopkins for the education of iron workers' children was the first school of its type in Wales. The visitor (whether tourist or group organiser) will find information on the World Heritage Site, its history and how it can be viewed today as well as a Tourist Information Centre. The main exhibition follows the words of historical characters so that visitors can gain an insight into the daily lives of ordinary people and understand the changes that they experienced during the 19th century. Self-led visits to explore the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre are free of charge.

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Busy little place with bundles of charm

There was literary everything going on there on our quick business trip. Lovely spot to grab a coffee and watch the sun go down

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 November 2016
Anne-marie S
Wrexham County, United Kingdom
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Wrexham County, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

There was literary everything going on there on our quick business trip. Lovely spot to grab a coffee and watch the sun go down

Thank Anne-marie S
Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Came to visit Ironworks while passing through but unfortunately they are closed on Saturdays in November, so we parked in town and walked to the Heritage Centre to get information on what was open. Had our dog with us and as there was no sign outside saying she wasn't allowed inside and we just wanted to ask a question we... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Some good displays and info about the area. Parking available over the road. Only need 10 to 15 minutes here.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Visiting this exhibition before going to Big Pit is useful, as it gives plenty of background into the development of the heavy industries in the town. There is a Victorian classroom with a video running in English and Welsh telling of classroom life back 100 years. Great building and helpful staff. We didn't try the cafe here.

Thank lbj1963
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Enjoyed walking around here in the knowledge that my ancestors worked in the early 1800's in the iron industry. The displays brought to life the hardships of the work and the sense that they were making iron to fuel the explosion of new inventions and a sparkling future.

Thank chillledout
Manchester UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This place is well set up and is clean/immaculate and a credit to the area and history of the town, well worth a visit for some cultural heritage

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

With panoramic windows allowing views over an over grown Victorian grave yard it's certainly an unusual Heritage Centre. It tells the story of the areas rise and fall as a major industrial zone that supplied the world with coal and iron. The library especially is great if you want to research deeper into Welsh industrial archaeology. However on a different... More 

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Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

the heritage centre is situated overlooking the coity mountain. there are picnic tables outside the fantastic café which serves delicious inexpensive food. the centre is well worth a visit and also houses the library. in the summer on sundays there is music outside.

Thank angie j
Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Went after visiting the ironworks. Has a information centre telling you about Blaenafon. The cafe has a good selection of food and is very reasonably priced.

Thank roscwmbran
Noyon, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

An interesting presentation of life, industries and mining in the area. Possibilities of more details on screens, The classroom and posters remind the old time. We had a real homemade Welsh rarebit with salad : very cheesy and tasty, as we wished to have. Bendigedig ! Diolch yn fawr !

Thank Michel_L60

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