Time Travel in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site

Travel back in time at the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and experience the 19th and 20th Centuries first hand with our virtual reality films. 

Step back to when Broad Street thrived as a commercial centre for the mining community, when the World Heritage Centre was a school for the Miner’s children and the Big Pit was at the peak of its production.  Meet the people who lived and worked in each location.

Watch the films online or access them on your phone or tablet to experience the history of Blaenavon in virtual reality.  You can also view the experiences using a Google Cardboard Viewer or VR headset.

If you want to fully immerse yourself into the experiences, visit the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and use the Time Traveller’s Benches, located at the Big Pit; Blaenavon World Heritage Centre; and Broad Street, Blaenavon, and -watch the view we see today transform to the past.

These are 360 videos. On your desktop use your cursor to look in all directions. On a mobile move your device to look in all directions.

Big Pit Time Travel Experience

Experience the history of the Big Pit throughout the 19th and early 20th Century and meet Henry, a miner, who guides you through the ups and downs of mining at this time.

Big Pit Time Travel Experience

Blaenavon Heritage Centre Time Travel Experience

Experience the Heritage Centre as it used to be in the 19th Century when it was St Peter’s School. Meet Sarah Hopkins, the founder of the school, who often visited to check on the mining children’s progress.

Heritage Centre Time Travel Experience

Blaenavon Heritage Town Time Travel Experience

See Blaenavon town transformed back to the early 1900’s when the mining families inhabited the town centre. Meet Mary Underwood, a shopkeeper of the time who guides you through a day in the life of Broad Street.

Heritage Town Time Travel Experience