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Blaenavon Iron Works

The only steam many of us experience today comes from a kettle. Over two hundred years ago, cutting-edge technology enabled the power of steam to be harnessed, making Blaenavon possible and taking Wales’s industrial might to a new height.

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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.

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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 Millions of pounds were made for some.

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

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Attraction in Blaenavon

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Opening Times

Contact Details

phone: 01495 792615 fax:

Owner/Manager: Cadw

Blaenavon Iron Works

North Street, Blaenavon Blaenau Gwent NP4 9RN Blaenau Gwent

News and Special Offers

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs must be kept on leads.
No smoking.

Last admission 30 mins before closing.
1 Apr-31 Oct 09 10am-5pm daily
1 Nov 09-31 Mar 10 Mon-Thurs closed
Fri/Sat 9.30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm

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