Aerial view of Blaenau Gwent, reproduced with kind permission of Brian Hillier.

Blaenau Gwent and its surrounding area is well-known for being at the forefront of the industrial revolution in the 19th century. As a result, it is a county rich with many important heritage sites. 

These fascinating and tangible reminders of the past, combined with the county’s breathtaking location at the Heads of the Valleys, make it a truly special place to visit.


Local coal-mining created this town, now represented by the ‘Guardian’ monument at nearby Six Bells.

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Abertillery Online

Abertillery and District Museum

Sebastien Boyesen Design

The Kickplate Gallery


Brynmawr developed as a result of the nearby Nantyglo Ironworks. Its 19th century market hall, once supplying rural produce, is now Wales’ oldest cinema. 

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Brynmawr Historical Society

Market Hall Cinema

Brynmawr and District Museum


Nantyglo Ironworks were owned and operated, firstly by Joseph, and then, Crawshay Bailey. Fearful of a British revolution in 1816, Joseph Bailey built the Round Tower near his Ty-Mawr mansion.

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Blaina Heritage Centre  (nearby)


The 19th century Ironworks and settlement here were named Kendall (also Cendl) after its first iron master. It was only later that the name was changed to reflect the Duke of Beaufort’s estate on which it had developed.

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Beaufort Hill Ponds and Woodlands

Ebbw Vale

Ebbw Vale Ironworks, later to become Ebbw Vale Steelworks opened in 1778. At its height it was the largest steelworks in Europe.

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Ebbw Vale Works Museum

Cwm Community Care  (nearby)


The town’s celebrated iron clock tower typifies the iron-making origins of a town that had massive impact upon both national and world development.

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Tredegar Town Council

Tredegar Museum

Green Valley Film Productions

Bedwellty House and Park

Events of Local Interest


Heritage Walk

  • In the Footsteps of the Iron Makers

  • Ebbw Fach Trail 

  • Tyleri Trails

Find out more and download a leaflet: Blaenau Gwent CBC

Visit: ebbwfachtrail.org.uk


Fly-Through Video

A465. Section 2/Adran 2: fly-through video/fideo o’r awyr

To view the Welsh Government produced fly-through video simulation of the finished  Black Rock dual carriageway-

click here

Links to other sites 

BGHF – Keeping Welsh History Alive