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Top Choice Mine in Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Fascinating Big Pit provides an opportunity to explore a real coal mine and get a taste of what life was like for the miners who worked here from 1880 to 1980. Tours descend 90m into the mine and explore the tunnels…
Historic Site in Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Blaenavon Ironworks

When it was completed in 1789, this ironworks was among the most advanced in the world. Today the site is one of the best preserved of all its Industrial Revolution contemporaries, with a motion-activated audiovisua…
Heritage Railway in Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

Built to haul coal and passengers, this railway has been restored by local volunteers, allowing you to catch a train from the town centre to Furnace Sidings (near Big Pit) and on to Whistle Halt, which at 396m is on…
Museum in Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Housed in an artfully converted old school, this centre contains a cafe, a tourist office, a gallery, a gift shop and, more importantly, excellent interactive audiovisual displays that explore the industrial heritag…
Cheese in Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Blaenavon Cheddar Company

Showcasing the company's range of award-winning handmade cheese, some of which is matured down in the Big Pit mine shaft, this little store also stocks a range of Welsh speciality ale, chutney, mustard and other loc…
Pub Food in Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Butterflies

Serving surprisingly decent food for a small-town pub in a former mining town, cosy Butterflies specialises in meat, especially dry-aged steaks and burgers. If that all sounds a bit too much, there are pub favourite…
Cafe in Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Coffi Bean

With leadlight windows, art deco fixtures and shamrock tiling on the walls, this lovely old converted shop is a great place to soak up local life. The uncomplicated food stretches to cooked breakfasts, sandwiches, j…