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Blaenavon is a former industrial town, established around the ironworks which opened in 1789. Located on the edge of the South Wales Coalfield, Blaenavon transitioned to being a coal town in the mid 1800's. Nowadays, Blaenavon town is at the heart of the Industrial Landscape which was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.

Blaenavon industrial Landscape, which covers 33 square kilometers, highlights the iron and coal industries, as well as the transport networks, workers homes and social infrastructure that was established around the industries. To get the best from your visit to Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon Ironworks or the Heritage Railway make sure that you take a walk around the town (pick up a Blaenavon Digital Passport) and visit the World Heritage Centre to discover the stories of ordinary people.

Blaenavon is also famed as the inspiration for books by Alexander Cordell, including his first, "Rape of the Fair Country" which gave an insight into the lives of the ordinary people who drove the industrial revolution.

Town Attractions

World Heritage Centre

Blaenavon Ironworks

Workmen's Hall, cinema and Blaenavon Community Museum including the Alexander Cordell Collection

Blaenavon Cheddar

St Peter's Church

On the outskirts of the town:

Events World Heritage Day takes place throughout the town each June. There are lots of events at the World Heritage Centre.

The Lion Hotel is small hotel in the centre of the town.

The nearest larger group hotel is The Parkway Hotel and Spa in Cwmbran. The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny is another great based for groups exploring the area. 

Cafes and Restaurants Around Blaenavon town there are number of cafes and restaurants including Butterflies Restaurant, The Lion Hotel and 
Walks There are numerous short and more energetic walks around the Industrial Landscape - visit to download routes. 
Length of Stay A visit to Blaenavon can easily fill a day, if not a short break.
Coach Parking Coach Drop Off and Parking: There is parking for coaches at Big Pit, Blaenavon's Heritage Railway, and at Blaenavon Ironworks. You can drop off at all attractions and then park at the car park on B4246 Abergavenny Road (What 3 Words ///grapevine.hardening.aimlessly )
Toilets There are public toilets at each of the main attractions.
Tourist Information and contact for more information Tourist Information is available at the World Heritage Centre and on the
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