Blaenavon IronworksPontypool, Monmouthshire and Gwent
The historic Blaenavon Ironworks is where the recent BBC series Coal House was filmed, because the site includes 3 rows of the original workers' terraced cottages, scenic and atmospheric and still standing now if you fancy a historical day out!
Of the 2 houses 1 is furnished and other contains an interesting exhibition on ironworks and mining life. One cottage is furnished to show the household of a skilled ironworker from around about 1790. Another cottage shows the life of a poor family in about 1841. All in all it's pretty immersive so it's great for imaginative kids who can really dip into the feeling of being there.
Also on view at Blaenavon are the big furnaces, the cast house and the foundry, a balance tower and the pay office of the works. It's enough for a couple of hours' walk about and the kids will pick up quite a lot from it.
There are events held here now and then too throughout the year, a particular sweet spot being the end of October when they do numerous Halloween based events!
Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Pricing & Tickets
Kids (5-17): £3.50
Seniors (65+): £4.60
NUS (with Valid student ID): £3.50
Armed Forces & Veterans: £3.50
Family (2 adults & up to 3 kids): £16.80
Members (Cadw): Free
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Yes, there is parking onsite.