Things to Do

Blaenavon World Heritage Site has an amazing collection of attractions that can be combined into a great day out (or longer if you have the time). Here are the main attractions but remember there are lots of great walks and areas to explore with a guide. Also, at the moment the Community Museum is moving into The Workman’s Hall, so it is not available for visitors – we’ll let you know when it is due to reopen.

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Located in two beautifully restored former industrial schools from the early 19th Century, the Heritage Centre is the perfect place to begin a visit to the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The Centre features an interactive Victorian schoolroom, film and multi-media displays which not only provide visitors with a unique insight into the significance of Blaenavon’s Industrial Landscape, but also introduces the area’s many attractions.

  • Free entry
  • Coach drop off
  • Self-guided
  • Café and gift shop
  • Tourist Information Centre

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Award winning museum where you can discover Wales’s rich mining heritage complete with underground tour led by a real miner. Interactive exhibits including virtual tour of a modern coal mine in the multi-media Mining Galleries. Pithead Bath exhibition bring the story of coal mining in Wales to life, interpreting the life of miners at home and at work.

  • Free entry
  • Free parking for groups
  • Coach parking
  • Self-guided above ground – guided underground
  • Café and gift shop

Blaenavon Ironworks

One of the best preserved 18th century iron works found anywhere. Visit the workers cottages, Stack Square; go to the top of the Water Balance Tower, from where the iron was transported to the canal network; experience the new light and sound show in the Cast Houses, recreating the production of iron.

  • Free entry
  • Self-guided
  • Coach parking
  • Gift shop

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

Set in the heart of the World Heritage Site, a mixture of historic steam and diesel trains taking visitors through the landscape. The train runs to the Big Pit and the Blaenavon Heritage Town.

  • Free coach parking
  • Discounted rate for groups (rate to be confirmed)
  • Café and gift shop
  • Easter-September weekends only
  • Wednesdays during August

Rhymney Brewery

Have a guided tour of the brewing centre where Rhymney Ale is produced. Visit the exhibition which tells the story of the history of brewing and ales in the South Wales Valleys. Sample some of the beers at the bar, or purchase a bottle to take home in the gift shop.

  • £2.50 entry fee
  • Free guided tour
  • Coach Parking