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Blaenavon Town Information

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Set amid thrilling countryside, Blaenavon bears the scars of Wales’ own industrial revolution and its landscape has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, the area is a giant, open-air heritage museum.

Blaenavon Iron Works - Photo © Cedwyn Davies
Blaenavon Iron Works - Photo: Cedwyn Davies CCL
The area was blessed with an ironworks established as long ago as 1757. Then coalmining started a few years later. Much of the sprawling iron factory can still be visited. Alternatively, there are tours of the coalface, some 300 feet below ground, at the nearby Big Pit Museum. The pit itself existed for a century before closing in 1980.

The writer Alexander Cordell set his famous 20th century novel ‘Rape of the Fair Country’ around Blaenavon and his life is celebrated at Blaenavon’s Heritage and Cordell Museum.