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Big-Pit
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Nearer than you think
Transporting the goods
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Nearer than you think
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway - train at the station

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Travel by Coach

The Blaenavon World Heritage Site is an ideal destination for a daytrip, especially if you and your group are travelling within a two hour drive time. If travelling from further a field, you may consider staying with one of the group accommodation providers to allow sufficient time to fully appreciate Blaenavon’s numerous attractions.

Blaenavon enjoys good road links with all major towns and cities in England and Wales. Use the table below for some indication on how long it will take your coach party to reach Blaenavon.

Estimated travel-time by road
Town /CityEstimated travel-time by road
Bath 1hr 20mins
Birmingham 1hr 56mins
Bristol 1hr
Cardiff 50mins
Cheltenham 1hr 30mins
Coventry 2hrs 10mins
Exeter 2hrs 10mins
Gloucester 1hr 20mins
Hereford 50mins
Llandrindod 1hr 20mins
London 2hrs 55mins
Manchester 3hrs 20mins
Newport 30mins
Oxford 2hrs 15mins
Plymouth 2hrs 50mins
Reading 2hrs 10mins
Shrewsbury 2hrs 10mins
Southampton 2hrs 40mins
Swansea 1hr 20mins
Swindon 1hr 30mins
Wolverhampton 2hrs 5mins

Travelling from Birmingham and the north of Britain take the M5 South. Leave at Junction 8 and continue on the M50 to Ross on Wye. Take the A40 to Abergavenny. At the roundabout take the second exit onto the A465. Leave the A465 at the first exit and follow the signs to Blaenavon and Big Pit. This route is unsuitable for large vehicles and coaches, so these vehicles should continue on A465 to Brynmawr and pick up the signs to Blaenavon and Big Pit from there (B4248).

Travelling from London and the south west of England take the M4 West and leave at Junction 25A (Newport). Take the A4042 as far as Pontypool. At the (McDonalds) roundabout take the first exit and follow the A4043 to Blaenavon, following the Big Pit signs.

For online route planners please visit the following websites:

Coach Parking in Blaenavon

Coach parking is available at both Big Pit and the Ironworks. Whilst there are currently no dedicated coach parking bays in the town centre, a coach drop off space can be found in the World Heritage Centre car park on Church Road and spaces for smaller (30 seater) coaches are available in Prince Street Car Park. Both are within a short walking distance of the town. Coach parking is also available at Rifle Green Car Park, opposite the Rifleman’s Hotel.

Please be advised that there are some vehicle restrictions in the area:

  • B4246 Llanfoist to Blaenavon – Weight Limit 7.5 tons
  • B4246 Blaenavon to Varteg – Bridge Height 13ft 9in
  • Minor road from B4246 to Pwll Du – no access to coaches beyond the Lamb and Fox Inn