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Industrial Landscape, South Wales
an outstanding and remarkably complete example of a
19th century industrial landscape.” (Unesco)
Your expert tour guide specialises in Bath, Blaenavon
and other World Heritage Sites in England and Wales.
The Blaenavon World Heritage Trail includes:
- a spectacular journey over the Severn Estuary to
- a visit to the National Mining Museum of Wales
- a tour of the ‘Big Pit’ mine
- a visit to Bleanavon Iron Works and World Heritage
- a guided walk around Iron Mountain
The Blaenavon World Heritage Trail begins with the
spectacular drive from Bath, across the Severn Bridge
to South Wales. The tidal rage here is the second highest
in the world - up to 15.4 metres (over 50 feet)!
South Wales is rich in iron, limestone and coal, and
became the world's major producer of iron and coal in
the 19th century. Blaenafon is one of the finest surviving
examples of a landscape created by coal mining and iron
making. The mines, quarries, railway system, furnaces
and workers' homes can still be seen.
visit Big Pit, the National Mining Museum of Wales*
(UK Museum of the Year 2005), and descend 90 metres
underground with a real miner. The visit also includes
a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine, and excellent
exhibitions in the Pithead Baths. Admission is free!
A guided walk (approx. two miles / 3.2km) includes
Blaenavon Iron Works and the new World Heritage Centre*.
The Iron Works, with its workers’ cottages, is
probably the best example of an 18th century iron works
anywhere. It started production in 1789 and is one of
the most important monuments from the early Industrial
The new World Heritage Centre (opened Easter 2008)
is in St Peter’s school. This was the first purpose-built
school in Wales to be established by an industrial employer
for the benefit of the workers’ children.
Finally, we walk part of the Iron Mountain Trail with
spectacular views over the valleys.
*NB: The cost of meals is not included. Meals are available
at both Big Pit and the World Heritage Centre. We recommend
a large hunk of Blaenavon
Cheddar Cheese, matured at the bottom of Big Pit!