Virtual Blaenavon

Visit the Blaenavon World Heritage Site from the comfort of your home or classroom with a variety of virtual experiences and activities!  Attractions across the Blaenavon World Heritage Site have created a range of online collections, articles, quizzes, movies, and virtual tours for you to experience and enjoy.

Whether you are unable to visit right now, want to plan a future visit, or just want a bit of heritage-inspired fun, there is something for everyone!

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Explore a range of virtual experiences at the World Heritage Centre.  Explore the building and exhibition through our virtual tour; search the building for clues to answer the quiz questions; or take a step back in time and see how the Heritage Centre looked in its former life as St Peter’s School. 

View the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre Tour here.

Virtual Quiz

Test your knowledge of Blaenavon and its history.  Do you know why it became a World Heritage Site?  Or who founded St Peter’s School?  Explore the rooms in the World Heritage Centre to find the clues to the questions! 

View the Virtual Quiz here.

Virtual Victorian Classroom

Meet our Victorian School Mistress at St Peter’s School who will teach you how school children had to behave and dress for school in the Victorian era.  Find out why using the Welsh language in class was frowned upon and learn which lessons were taught to the class.

View the Virtual Victorian Classroom here.

Blaenavon Movie

Journey through Blaenavon’s Industrial Landscape.  Discover the Blaenavon World Heritage Site from the sky. This unique and inspiring film takes you on a journey through the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and features stunning footage of the historical industrial site that is simply waiting to be explored by you.

View the Blaenavon Movie here.

Virtual Reality Experiences

Travel back in time at the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and experience the 19th and 20th Centuries first hand with our virtual reality 360 films.  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.

View the Time Travel in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site here.

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Virtual reality expedition underground

This virtual tour gives you a taste of what it is like to go underground at Big Pit and provides access to those who may have difficulty accessing the site.

To take part in the tour you can download the Google Expeditions app for free to a tablet and phone from either Google Play or the App Store.

Find out more about the Virtual reality expedition underground at Big Pit here.

Travel back in time at Big Pit

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

View the Time Travel in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site here.

Blaenavon Ironworks

Enter the industrial world of the best-preserved 18th-century ironworks in the world, Blaenavon. Boasting seven highly advanced 3D scans, virtually explore this unique ironworks site without limits.

View the Blaenavon Ironworks Virtual Tour here.

Blaenavon Heritage Town

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

View the Time Travel in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site here.