Getting to the World Heritage Site

By Road

Travelling from Birmingham

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

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.

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Using Sat-Nav

If you are using Sat-Nav, the postcodes of the main attractions are as follows:

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum - NP4 9XP
  • Blaenavon Ironworks - NP4 9RN
  • Blaenavon World Heritage Centre - NP4 9AS or (NP4 9AE for some Sat-Navs)
  • Blaenavon Community Heritage & Alexander Cordell Museum - NP4 9QA
  • Blaenavon Heritage Railway (Furnace Sidings) - NP4 9SF
  • Blaenavon Town Centre - NP4 9NF

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By Rail

The nearest railway stations to Blaenavon are located in Abergavenny, New Inn, Cwmbran and Newport.

There are regular links to Newport from London Paddington, Bristol and Cardiff; and to Abergavenny from Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly.

Catching a bus or hiring a taxi will be necessary to complete your journey to Blaenavon.

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By Bus

Blaenavon is served by the X24 Stagecoach bus service, which connects Blaenavon, Abersychan, Pontypool, Cwmbran and Newport. Weekdays, the buses generally depart at 10 minute intervals.

Hourly services, Stagecoach 30 also run from Brynmawr to Newport, via Blaenavon and calling at Big Pit: National Coal Museum.

Travelling from Abergavenny, you can catch the X4 Stagecoach bus to Brynmawr change to the Stagecoach 30 service to complete your journey to Blaenavon.

If you wish to travel to Blaenavon by bus from Cardiff or Hereford, simply catch the Stagecoach X3 service and change to the X24 service in Cwmbran or Pontypool.

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By Air

If you are an international visitor, flying into Great Britain, the nearest airports to Blaenavon are Cardiff International Airport and Bristol International Airport. Both airports handle flights from Europe and the United States of America.

Then use road, rail or the bus to finish the journey to Blaenavon.

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