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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Steam Railway, next open Wed 24 Jul 2019, £5-£9

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

Steaming away from Blaenavon


The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, Blaenavon's Heritage Railway, sits in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site in Torfaen, South Wales. It offers a service direct from the world famous, Big Pit Mining Museum, as well to Blaenavon itself.

Operations are based out of the railways main station Furnace Sidings, just north of Blaenavon, which offers full passenger amenities and a large (free) car park with ample room for coaches. Group bookings will attract a 10% discount. Trains leave from Furnace Sidings to Big Pit, Blaenavon High Level (only a short walk from the town) and the Whistle Inn. Nearby by are the Garn Lakes, ideal for walking and relaxing whilst not far away is the Iron Works, made famous by the BBC Coal House series and the Rhymney Brewery which has a visitors centre and bar!

The railway holds a mixture of family and enthusiast events throughout the year and with stunning scenery, fearsome gradients and a very friendly staff, a good show is always guaranteed. Advanced booking is not necessary except for the Santa services but is recommended for large parties to ensure the railway can make all the necessary arrangements. With many of the World Heritage attractions nearby, the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway makes an excellent base to explore them all.

Rail Route: From Furnace Sidings

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Wed 24 Jul 2019
Sat 27 - Sun 28 Jul 2019
Wed 31 Jul 2019
Sat 3 - Sun 4 Aug 2019
Wed 7 Aug 2019
Sat 10 - Sun 11 Aug 2019
Wed 14 Aug 2019
Sat 17 - Sun 18 Aug 2019
Wed 21 Aug 2019
Sat 24 - Mon 26 Aug 2019
Wed 28 Aug 2019
Fri 6 - Sat 7 Sep 2019
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Sep 2019
Sat 21 - Sun 22 Sep 2019
Sat 28 - Sun 29 Sep 2019
Sat 26 - Sun 27 Oct 2019
Wed 30 - Thu 31 Oct 2019
Sat 30 Nov - Sun 1 Dec 2019
Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec 2019
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec 2019
Sat 21 - Sun 22 Dec 2019
Trains are normally steam hauled; diesel traction on 6 & 7 July, 6, 7, 21, 22, 28 & 29 September.


2019 Standard Fare Structure: Adult Day Rover £9.00, Child Day Rover, £5.00, Family Day Rover (2 Adults + up to 3 Children 3 - 15 years old) £23.00, Concessions £8.00. Prices vary for themed/event days.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 25 - Mon 26 Aug Classic Transport Show
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Sep Steam Gala
Sat 26 - Sun 27 Oct Ghost Train
Wed 30 - Thu 31 Oct Ghost Train







Plan route to Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 251088  Lat: 51.77284 Long: -3.08692

The railway is situated just off the B4248 between Blaenavon and Brynmawr by the Garn lakes, and is well signposted as you approach Blaenavon. Use Junction 25a if you are coming on the M4 from the east, or Junction 26 if you are coming from the west, (both junctions are clearly signposted}. Head for Cwmbran and pick up the signs for Pontypool or Big Pit

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Abergavenny station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children


  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair