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Blaenavon World Heritage Site

The Town of Blaenavon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the home to Big Pit (The Mining Museum of Wales) and to Bleanavon Iron Works.
It is a great place to visit.
The Town of Blaenavon grew up around the ironworks which opened in 1788 and then steel making as well as coal mining industries soon followed. At one time the towns population was well over 20,000 people.

The Iron Works Closed in 1900 and the Pit in 1980. CADW now mannage the remains of the Iron Works and The Pit reopened in 1983 as The National Museum for Coal Minning.

  • Last visit to Blaenavon: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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