Blaenavon Ironworks (World Heritage Site)
The ironworks were at the cutting-edge of new technology.
The improvement works at the site means that some areas are blocked off or difficult to reach at the moment. Please bear with us whilst we undertake these changes.
Captivated by the Coal House series? You’re not alone! The BBC television series, filmed on site, has attracted thousands of new visitors to witness how difficult life was for working families at Blaenavon Ironworks’ Stack Square cottages.
The site is free to all and along with the refurbished cottages and recreated company truck shop; new cutting-edge audio post technology helps bring the story of Blaenavon Ironworks to life like never before. Over two hundred years ago, a different form of cutting-edge technology enabled the power of steam to be harnessed, making Blaenavon possible and taking Wales’s industrial might to a new height.
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.
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.
Millions of pounds were made for some. Millions more can thank Blaenavon’s industrial ingenuity for a lot of what we take for granted today. Whether the workers were as grateful is debatable. Living and working conditions here, while better than most, were more boot camp than holiday camp.
• Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
• Dog on leads welcome
• No Smoking
• A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
April – 1 November 10:00 – 5:00pm
December – March Tuesday to Thursday – 10.00am – 4.00pm, Friday to Monday – Closed
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Adult – Am ddim/Free
Family – Am ddim/Free
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free
Photo Credits: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
For further information please visit: http://www.cadw.gov.wales