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Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Church Road, Blaenavon NP4 9AS, Wales
+44 1495 742333
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A wealth of information

Drop by to have a good overview of the full place. All that there is to see and do. Plus an... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
annonymus800
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A very interesting venue

This venue has a large museum hall, a good branch library, and a very good café Parking is across... read more

Reviewed April 15, 2018
D C W S
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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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Church Road, Blaenavon NP4 9AS, Wales
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+44 1495 742333
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Drop by to have a good overview of the full place. All that there is to see and do. Plus an in-depth understanding of it history.

Thank annonymus800
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

This venue has a large museum hall, a good branch library, and a very good café Parking is across the main road in a fairly large car park (which is free). Each Wednesday afternoon (4.30 to 6.30) there is a large musical group rehearsal of...More

Thank D C W S
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

A good information centre, and a good café. informative and interesting to know of the people who worked so hard to make Wales great, by making iron for the world. Yet the cafe overlooks the bramble strewn, weed blown, neglected grave yard where those who...More

Thank Les H
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Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

Had a fabulous and informative visit down into the coal mine. All the guides are ex miners and Ian our guide was terrific. Great sense of humour as well. Very good displays.

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Reviewed November 24, 2017

a really fun way to learn a lot about history within living memory. well laid out and spacious and ended the tour with a great cup of coffee and a cake

Thank rita W
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Reviewed November 17, 2017

We returned to Blaenavon again to visit with our ever expanding family and we again chose the heritage centre as the focal point of the weekend. Locals also eat there so you know what that says about the place. Jackie and the café staff were...More

Thank cgaw14
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

Really interesting centre, full of information about the area's history. It was very informative and easy to follow and so we were engrossed for a good hour!

Thank dmariani_palmer
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Reviewed November 11, 2017

During a visit to meet with our family we had the opportunity of visiting Blaenavon World Heritage Site and particularly The Big Pit. This was a fantastic experience of going underground and walking through this coal mine. The tour will interest young and old and...More

Thank 128howard
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

Well set up information centre with helpful staff. The displays are a fascinating time line of the rise to greatness and world wide influence and eventually the sad decline of an industry before the community begins to rise again. The last information board is from...More

Thank Lin1708
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Reviewed September 23, 2017

We called in at the Heritage Centre mid-morning en-route to Brynmawr to visit my cousins. There is an exhibition in a large, airy room that highlights the history of Blaenavon & the iron industry. The building also houses the local library on the upper floor....More

Thank David E
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AdeyWhalley57
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Response from 510terrenceg | Reviewed this property |
I assume you mean the steam train. It stops at Bitpit. An old coal mine that has a museum and tea room. You can also go down the mine too
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