Every UNESCO World Heritage Site throughout the globe is of significant importance to the World’s history. So in order to showcase this site, help people learn and discover what the place is about, a crucial part of a World Heritage Site is the visitor centre.
Here’s a quick information guide to the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and the role it plays to helping visitors discover how they can make the most out of the sites, trails and places of importances to an area.
The Blaenavon World Heritage Visitor Centre, situated in a former school built by the Ironmasters in the early 19th Century.
When did it open as a visitor centre?
What can people do there?
Visitors to the centre can enjoy films, interactive screens to explore a range of topics, including standards of living, geology, transport systems and World Heritage. There are exhibitions that explain the stories of the people from Blaenavon, who transformed a mountain landscape through iron-making and coalmining during the Industrial Revolution.
The centre has a gallery, which hosts regular temporary exhibitions, often by talented local artists or photographers.
Café and Shop
There is a well-stocked gift shop in the building where people can by locally produced and themed products. During a visit visitors may also enjoy free wi-fi whilst enjoying an excellent meal or refreshments at the Heritage Café, which overlooks the picturesque St Peter’s Churchyard.
Key starting point to the World Heritage Site…
The centre is the starting point for several walks around the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape; the onsite Tourist Information Centre has a wide selection of walks leaflets for you to choose from.
The centre also offers specialised education provision for schools, a research facility and state of the art conference facilities. Call in to get your visit off to a flying start!
What’s so special about the building?
Housed in two Grade II* Listed buildings, joined by a contemporary glass and steel link building, there are spectacular views over the Coity Mountain and the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. This historic venue, has a slightly modern twist.
The Centre has been finished to a very high standard, recently receiving an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Why should people visit the centre?
The Blaenavon World Heritage Centre is the ideal starting point for visitors to the World Heritage Sites. It provides an overview of how the stories of Blaenavon Industrial Landscape are of global importance. It’s an information hub and a place to pick up maps, leaflets and guides to all the important spots.