A Welsh Heritage - "When Coal Was King "
Today's tour takes us back in time to the Heritage town of Blaenavon.
Tour Duration 8/9 Hours
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|Welsh Heritage - When Coal Was King
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Leaving the Capital of Wales we travel to Blaenavon where the industrial landsacape was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Our first stop is the National Coal Museum, known as the famous 'Big Pit'. Big Pit was a working coal mine from 1880 - 1980 when it ceased production and closed. Established by the Blaenavon Iron and Coal Company it was part of the development of the Blaenavon Ironworks, the ruins of which can be seen today, from the iconic furnces to the humble cottages which were home to the workers. Re-opened in 2004 Big Pit has become one of Wales’ most popular attractions. During your visit you will get to descend 300 ft and experience the famous underground tour with a real miner - a tour which itself lasts for almost an hour! Here you can visit the Mining Galleries, see exhibitions in the Pithead Baths & explore the historic colliery buildings. ( Children need to be at least 1 metre tall to take the underground tour )
Having surfaced, we leave Big Pit and travel a short distance to the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. Housed in the now restored former St Peter's School it provides an historical account of how the Blaenavon landscape is of Industrial global importance. Here you have the opportunity to browse displays and videos that illustrate the history of the area, using interctive touch screens to explore a range of topics as well as taking the opportunity to enjoy refreshment at the Heritage cafe which overlooks the famous St Peter's Churchyard.
Leaving the World Heritage site of Blaenavon we travel across the eastern side of the famous Brecon Beacons one of the three National Parks in Wales to the Welsh/English border and to the town of Abergavenny. Here you can find refreshments in one of the many Cafes or Public Houses. With a population of just over 14,000, Abergavenny is considered a tourist paradise due to its lack of major industry. A place that can tell a tale, from Roman occupation, to its present day as a farming town. Here you will get free time to wander the magical streets of this wonderful market town and enjoy its quaint experience, comprising of unique shops through to the famous Market Hall, where various markets are held here throughout the month from flea to antique markets. Or visit Abergavenny Castle and step back in time - built by the Normans, the castle protected the surrounding areas from marauding Welshmen and was the site of a horrific massacre of Welsh noblemen in 1175.
Refreshed, we return to our vehicle for the journey back to Cardiff.