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Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

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Address: Church Road, Blaenavon NP4 9AS, Wales
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+44 1495 742333
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00

The World Heritage Centre is situated in Blaenavon itself, within the...

The World Heritage Centre is situated in Blaenavon itself, within the historic former St. Peter’s Church School, founded in 1816, and is the starting point for your visit to the whole Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The former heavy industries left their mark on the environment, which is full of hidden treasures to be discovered after learning what this incredible valley has to offer. St Peter's School, founded by Sarah Hopkins for the education of iron workers' children was the first school of its type in Wales. The visitor (whether tourist or group organiser) will find information on the World Heritage Site, its history and how it can be viewed today as well as a Tourist Information Centre. The main exhibition follows the words of historical characters so that visitors can gain an insight into the daily lives of ordinary people and understand the changes that they experienced during the 19th century. Self-led visits to explore the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre are free of charge.

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This is a building that is a mix of old and new. The schoolroom part is old the main entrance and museum section new. It was interesting to look around and gives a history of the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a building that is a mix of old and new. The schoolroom part is old the main entrance and museum section new. It was interesting to look around and gives a history of the area,

Thank KathH201556
Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit here before anywhere else as this is the only place you will get a halfway decent map. The main leaflet has an attractive picture map which is not useful for navigating by but you can also get a more detailed map which does help though it still misses out some roads in the town so using a phone map... More 

Thank Sam3314
Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very informative interpretative centre for the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. Lots to learn - and the learning is presented imaginatively using different techniques. A very comprehensive series of leaflets is also available to takeaway for different aspects of the area covering both industrial history and natural history. The stories of the people involved over the years are not overlooked... More 

Thank greg743
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This was an interesting place which told the history of Blaenavon. Entrance was free. There was a small gift shop selling souvenirs.

Thank vixenval2014
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We decided one Sunday to pay a visit and see what's changed and I have to say we were impressed with things. Lovely people manning reception who greeted us as we went in. Wondered into the museum and had a look around and found it very interesting not just for the children but adults too. Then decided to have a... More 

Thank 510terrenceg
Wrexham County, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

There was literary everything going on there on our quick business trip. Lovely spot to grab a coffee and watch the sun go down

Thank Anne-marie S
Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Came to visit Ironworks while passing through but unfortunately they are closed on Saturdays in November, so we parked in town and walked to the Heritage Centre to get information on what was open. Had our dog with us and as there was no sign outside saying she wasn't allowed inside and we just wanted to ask a question we... More 

Thank vanvelzen91
Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Some good displays and info about the area. Parking available over the road. Only need 10 to 15 minutes here.

Thank John D
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Visiting this exhibition before going to Big Pit is useful, as it gives plenty of background into the development of the heavy industries in the town. There is a Victorian classroom with a video running in English and Welsh telling of classroom life back 100 years. Great building and helpful staff. We didn't try the cafe here.

Thank lbj17
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Enjoyed walking around here in the knowledge that my ancestors worked in the early 1800's in the iron industry. The displays brought to life the hardships of the work and the sense that they were making iron to fuel the explosion of new inventions and a sparkling future.

Thank chillledout

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