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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

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Address: 33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND, Wales
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+44 1495 792263
11:00 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World...

Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World Heritage Site on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. There is ample free car and coach parking at Furnace Sidings, our main station located close to the Garn Lakes.

From Furnace Sidings our trains head both north to the Whistle Inn, and south to Blaenavon High Level Station, located a short walk from Blaenavon town centre. Since 2011 we also have a separate branch serving Big Pit Halt, adjacent to the Big Pit national mining museum.

Whether you're looking for a family day out, or are a devoted railway enthusiast, we have something for you.

With free car parking at Furnace sidings, why not combine a visit to Big Pit with a ride on the train? Enjoy a snack in the tea room at Furnace Sidings, or shop in Eric's Emporium (an outpost of The Railway Shop in Blaenavon) stocking a selection of railway models, gifts and souvenirs.

Many trains also have a buffet service offering light refreshments. Trains leave Furnace Sidings every half hour with the four mile round trip taking around 50 minutes.After paying once your tickets are then valid for the remainder of the day.

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Ghost Train Hallowe'en 2015

Took my three young children on the Ghost Train 2015. Yes, it took a while I know but such excellent value for money, such fun for the children and so well done. It had to be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
John G
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Took my three young children on the Ghost Train 2015. Yes, it took a while I know but such excellent value for money, such fun for the children and so well done. It had to be mentioned - sorry I didn't do so earlier. The station, engine and carriages were marvellously decked for the occasion, the station and train staff... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We have taken our young children to see Santa here for the past 3 years. This year was different as the usual stop was at the whistle Inn in Garn yr erw but there is now a new stop down the other end of the track near the town. As a resident of Garn yr erw, I know that the... More 

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review. I'm glad that you still found our Santa Specials a good attraction for the children despite your criticisms. I thought that I would get back to you to address some of your points to show that we are very much considerate of them. Earlier this year, as we were aware that the Whistle Inn... More 

Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We've been taking the grandchildren here for a few years but this year was much better as they had a new location for Santas's grotto. We didn't have to trudge over a muddy field and the train was waiting at the station when we came out which beat being stood at a cold windy station stop. Best Santa we've ever... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This was our first visit, and we will definitely be coming back next year. The train itself was warm and comfortable, so there was no queuing to see Santa in the cold. Santa's waiting room is beautifully decorated, with some magical touches like Santa's "nice list", in which Mrs Claus searched for my little boy's name. When she confirmed his... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Visited this location ion many times over the last few years and seen it expand. It's definitely a must visit if your in the area and wants touch of nostalgia taking you back in time with the authentic old carriages.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Interesting to see the old locomotives. Train rides to Big Pit and back. If you're into photography you can take some cool photos of the old trains and also the station.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Not the longest steam train ride I have been on but you can't help to enjoy it when you see all the effort that is made by the staff running it all. We thoroughly enjoyed our ride and the views from the train. The cafe was a one off because I asked for a chicken sandwich and the lady got... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We visited this beautiful quint railway station as part as a family day out . There is a lovely cafe at the station that serves a limited menu of hot meals but they are at certainly reasonable prices and extremely tasty. The staff at the station are extremely helpful and friendly . Unfortunately the day we visited the steam train... More 

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Seaford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

What a great little railway, very reasonably priced with a decent train ride (all day tickets available too ) Shows the countryside around Blaenavon and the local mining industry sites . All the volunteers were very friendly and helpful. Fabulous cafe serving coffee. sandwiches and light meals at ridiculously low prices!!!!! Shop on site too. Thoroughly recommend

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We visited Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway on a Groupon deal reducing the cost a little. It is an industrial railway that travels back and forth along a short stretch of track. It's a good couple of hours visit with a cup of tea and a light lunch. There are some good views across a recovering industrial landscape and with trains... More 

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