The area around Blaenavon has a fascinating range of landmarks from the Industrial Revolution. In this region, part of which lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park, the remains of our industrial past are tangible and within reach, bringing hi... more
Blaenavon Ironworks is the best preserved blast furnace complex of its period and type in the world. It is a key attraction within the Blaenavon World Heritage Siteand is well worth a visit.
This mighty iron foundry once formed the cutting edge o... more
The southeastern section of the Brecon Beacons National Park is rich in heritage sites which tell the story of our industrial past. When you're ready to refuel, you can sample one of the many fine places to eat and drink in the area.
Blaenavon Industrial Landscapes was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in November 2000 based on the numerous monuments and buildings of significance in and around the town and on its industrial landscape.
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Enjoy an exciting day out at Big Pit National Coal Museumwhich is situated within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site andis part of the former Big Pit Colliery.
Experience the world famous tour which takes you 300 feetunderground with a real miner to ... more
For a fascinating insight into the life and times of workers duringthe early years of the Industrial Revolution why not visitBlaenavon Ironworks.
The site is home to one of the best preserved 18th Centuryironworks in Europe and comes complete with f... more
Many visitors enjoy the truly memorable experience of the Big Pit National Coal museum – but there is far more to our industrial past.
The Blaenavon World Heritage Centre is the ideal starting point for your visit. It provides a great overview of... more
Our sparkling waters are glorious places to go walking, sailing and birdwatching, with a wealth of wildlife and scenery to inspire.
Some of the most beautiful lakes in the Brecon Beacons National Park are hidden away in the high cwms, or ... more
Our waymarked routes and bridleways allow you to enjoy beautiful, varied landscapes on horseback.
Three Rivers Ride
This ride takes you through 35 miles of stunning Brecon Beacons scenery. Taking lowland and upland bridleways, the route travels... more
If you prefer smooth water to rushing rapids, you’ll love our canal. Once an important transport route, it’s now a lovely place for lazy strolling and boating. Peaceful and rural, with a flavour of times gone by, it’s often voted Britain’s ... more
With mountains and moorland, standing stones and castles, lively waterfalls and vibrant communities, the Brecon Beacons National Park has masses to offer residents and visitors. We have a long and colourful history and a rich and varied mythology a... more
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal was built to transport stone andprocessedlime. Restored lime kilns can be seen along the tow path walk.
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At Henllys Vale you can follow an easy access ... more
This Gulbenkian prize winning colliery museum is situated within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
The exhibition is based on three levels, all of which have long and steep access ramps, and the opportunity of an undergr... more
Keepers Pond, or Pen-ffordd-goch pond, at 475m above sea level, provides great views across the Usk Valley towards the Sugar Loaf and the Black Mountains.
The pond is within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site as well as the... more
We would like to help you to spend less time in the car while you are here. It’s easier than you might think, and it can be fun, too!
Sometimes the fun of going away is about more than just being somewhere different. It can be about taking a br... more
The author of Rape of the Fair Country, a family saga set in the iron country of South Wales, was born in Ceylon but lived in Wales for much of his life.
George Alexander Graber was born in 1914 into a military family stationed in Ceylon. He... more
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Monmouthshire NP7 5ND
Open 6 days a we... more
Our scenic canal celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2012. This peaceful waterway was built as an industrial corridor for lime, limestone, timber, coal and iron. In its 19th century heyday, it was supported by horse-drawn tramroads that were used to ... more
1914 - 1997 Novelist
Born George Alexander Graber into a military family stationed in Ceylon, Alexander followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Royal Engineers. In 1937 he married Rosina Wells. Wounded during World War II he was sent... more
Develop your knowledge with the help of local astronomical societies and online resources, or visit a planetarium.
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There is a fabulous wealth of resources online to help you learn about our night sky. Here are just a fe... more