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Places To Visit

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Description:
The Monmouthshire and Brecon canal runs for 32 miles (51.5 km) through idyllic scenery in the Brecon Beacons National Park between Brecon and Pontypool and then on into Newport. The canal is used for canoeing, fishing, walks along the towpath, and for canal boat holidays.
Type:
Canal, Heritage site, Walk/cycle Route
Website:
www.goytrewharf.com

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit National Coal Museum
Description:
Big Pit: National Coal Museum is the most popular attraction within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The museum is based around the former Big Pit Colliery, which was sunk in about 1860 and closed in 1980. The site reopened as a museum in 1983 and is now known around the world, especially after winning the Gulbenkian Prize for museum of the year in 2005.A visit to Big Pit includes a 300ft (90m) descent into the old colliery, where a former coalminer will take you on a fascinating and personal tour with the sights, sounds and smells of the mine creating an impression of what working life was like at the coalface.Above ground there is an exciting 20 minute audio-visual presentation describing the daily toil of miners and the changing methods of coalmining through time.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Cafe, Heritage site, Museum, Shop
Telephone:
029 2057 3650
Address:
Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon, NP4 9XP
Website:
www.museumwales.ac.uk/bigpit/

Blaenavon Heritage Town

Blaenavon Heritage Town
Description:
Broad Street, Blaenavon's main commercial centre, developed in the mid 19th century to support the needs of an ever growing population. During the Victorian age the street contained many thriving businesses and the town bustled with activity. By 1901 there were over two hundred commercial buildings in Blaenavon, including dozens of public houses.The heritage of the town is also shown by the number of impressive public buildings, including the magnificent Workmen's Hall (which was built by the workers of the town), Blaenavon Library and numerous churches and chapels, which all played an important role in the life of the town. You can discover more about the history of the Heritage Town by picking up a walk leaflet from the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and exploring this special town.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Heritage site
Telephone:
01495 742333
Address:
Broad Street

Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park
Description:
The National Park is the perfect place to go walking whether you want a gentle ramble through fields and woods or the challenge of the high mountains. Cycling is also a popular pursuit with the choice of energetic mountain biking or a gentle cycle ride.
Type:
Country Park, Walk/cycle Route
Telephone:
01874 623366
Website:
www.breconbeacons.org

Blaenavon Community Museum

Blaenavon Community Museum
Description:
Based in the magnificent Workmen's Hall and run by a team of friendly volunteers, the Blaenavon Community Museum celebrates the proud cultural heritage of Blaenavon and the south Wales coalfield.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Museum
Telephone:
01495 790991
Address:
Workmen's Hall, High Street, NP4 9PT
Website:
www.fb.com/blaenavonmuseum

Blaenavon Workmen's Hall

Blaenavon Workmen's Hall
Description:
Blaenavon Workmen's Hall is one of the most impressive buildings within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The Hall, which opened in January 1895, is a testament to Blaenavon's proud social history. Today, the Blaenavon Workmen's Hall still provides for the community with the cinema, concerts, snooker and table tennis.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Heritage site
Telephone:
01495 792661
Address:
High Street, NP4 9PT
Website:
https://www.blaenavonworkmenshall.uk/

Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve

Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve
Description:
Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve used to be an area covered in spoil tips and old colliery workings but following an extensive land reclamation scheme it was officially opened in 1997 as a beautiful area for residents and visitors. It covers 40 hectares, and with lakes and grasslands it provides a diverse habitat and breeding grounds for a wide range of wildlife.As you stroll around the lakes you are likely to see Tufted Ducks, Skylarks, Snipes, Redshanks and Little Grebes. You might also catch sight of migrating birds from Africa such as the Common Sandpiper and the Willow Warbler. A new wetland area with bird hide was created recently, so to get the very best from your visit make sure that you've got your binoculars and a bird book handy!
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
View point, Walk/cycle Route
Telephone:
01495 742333
Address:
Garn Road (B4248), Garn-yr-erw

Blaenavon's Heritage Railway

Blaenavon's Heritage Railway
Description:
Passing the picturesque Garn Lakes, Blaenavon's Heritage Railway travels through the imposing Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, at the highest altitude of any standard gauge preserved railway in England and Wales.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Heritage site, Other
Telephone:
01495 792263
Address:
Furnace Sidings, NP4 9SF
Website:
www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
Description:
Start your visit to Blaenavon at the World Heritage Centre, where the story of Blaenavon and all of its attractions is told. It also contains the Tourist Information Centre.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Heritage site
Telephone:
01495 742333
Address:
Church Road, NP4 9AE
Website:
https://www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/en/VisitBlaenavon/ThingsToDo/BlaenavonWorldHeritageCentre.aspx

The Keeper's Pond

The Keeper's Pond
Description:
The Keeper's Pond, also known as Pen-ffordd-goch Pond or the Forge Pond, is situated near Pwll Du, on the hill above Blaenavon. The pond was built in the early 19th century to provide water for Garnddyrys Forge, which started production in about 1817. The forge was dismantled during the 1860s and whilst the pond no longer fulfilled an industrial purpose, it rapidly became a local beauty spot. It also acquired the name Keeper's Pond because the gamekeeper of the grouse moors lived in a cottage nearby.Today, the Keeper's Pond car park is the ideal starting point for a walk on the Blorenge Mountain. For instance, if you follow the Iron Mountain Trail you will discover lots of reminders of the 19th century industry including tramways and tunnels.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Country Park, Heritage site, View point, Walk/cycle Route
Telephone:
01495 742333
Address:
Abergavenny Road (B4246)

Saint Peter's Church

Saint Peter's Church
Description:
Blaenavon's historic parish church, St. Peter's, is the earliest industrial church in old Monmouthshire. It contains a number of interesting features, which bear witness to the importance of the iron industry in the area. Amongst the many unique features which can be seen are a cast iron baptismal font, cast iron pillars supporting the balcony, cast iron door sills and a group of five iron-topped tombs in the graveyard. Around the walls of the church the memorial plaques of prominent Blaenavon citizens can be seen, including that of the ironmaster Samuel Hopkins, who, with his uncle and business partner, Thomas Hill of Dennis, built the church in 1804.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Heritage site
Telephone:
01495 524599
Address:
Church Road

Blaenavon Ironworks

Blaenavon Ironworks
Description:
Blaenavon Iron Works, the location of the award winning television series Coal House on the BBC, is the most significant landmark in the Industrial Landscape of Blaenavon. The ironworks, which started production in 1789 is the best preserved blast furnace of its time to survive from the beginning of the industrial revolution. Blaenavon Iron Works is historically significant because the ironworks, during the beginning of the nineteenth century, was one of the most important iron producers in the world.
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Heritage site, Museum
Telephone:
01495 792615
Address:
North Street, NP4 9RN
Website:
https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/blaenavon-ironworks

Rhymney Brewery Visitor Centre

Rhymney Brewery Visitor Centre
Description:
Discover the secrets to crafting Real Ale and taste the golden amber
Location:
Blaenavon
Type:
Heritage site, Museum
Telephone:
01495 790456
Address:
Rhymney Brewery Visitor Centre, Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate, NP4 9RL
Website:
https://www.rhymneybrewery.com
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