Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway is situated in the UNESCO-listed Blaenavon Industrial Landscape on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales! There are several ways to reach us from across the area by road and public transport.
FREE CAR AND COACH PARKING IS AVAILABLE at Furnace Sidings Station ( NP4 9AX )
We are just off the B4248 at Garn-yr-Erw between Brynmawr and Blaenavon. Please use postcode NP4 9AX for satnavs and mobile devices. Alternatively, you can use NP4 9SF, which will bring you to the houses at the end of our access road. Continue heading down this road until you reach our main Furnace Sidings station, where you will find ample free car and coach parking!
Exit at Junction 25A (Grove Park) for Newport/Casnewydd and Cwmbran. Once off the motorway, take the A4042 towards Cwmbran. As you approach Cwmbran, you will start seeing signs for Pontypool. Follow these until Croes-Y-Mwyalch roundabout. Continue following the A4042 towards Abergavenny/Y Fenni until you approach Pontypool, where you will start seeing for Big Pit/Pwll Mawr. Follow these until you are near Blaenavon, when you will begin to see brown train signs. These will take you to our main station at Furnace Sidings.
Exit at Junction 26 (Malpas) for A4051 Cwmbran, Newport/Casnewydd and Caerleon. Follow the A4051 until you reach the Woodlands roundabout. Take the exit A4042 towards Abergavenny/Newport, before then taking exit A4042 Abergavenny/Y Fenni at Croes-y-Mwyalch roundabout. Continue following the A4042 towards Abergavenny/Y Fenni until you are near Pontypool, from where you will start seeing signs for Big Pit/Pwll Mawr. Follow these until you approach Blaenavon, when you will begin to see brown train signs. These will take you to our main station at Furnace Sidings.
A465 (Heads of the Valleys Road):
Exit the A465 at Brynmawr and follow signs for Big Pit/Pwll Mawr. These will take you onto the B4248 towards Blaenavon/Blaenafon. Follow these, and as you approach the area you will see tourism signs for Blaenavon Heritage Town/Tref Dreftadaethref Blaenafon. As you enter the village of Garn-yr-Erw, lookout for the brown steam engine sign and our Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway advertising board. Turn off here and follow the access road across the valley to our main station at Furnace Sidings.
Please note that due to the current A465 Gilwern to Brynmawr duelling project, stated directions may be affected by diversions and junction closures. Follow signposted diversions wherever necessary.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
The nearest railway stations with easy connections to our railway are at Cwmbran and Newport. Alight at either station to connect onto Stagecoach in South Wales’s X24 service from Blaenavon to Newport, which departs from Cwmbran Bus Station Stand E and Newport Market Square Bus Station Stand 16 respectively. Either ask to alight at Varteg Road Cemetery or Blaenavon Curwood, both of which are located a short distance from Blaenavon High Level. Look out for our overbridge and follow the side path to the station. To plan our journey, visit https://www.stagecoachbus.com/. Please take care if alighting at Varteg Road Cemetery as there is no pavement. Although the road from Curwood bus stop to High Level has a continuous pavement, some may find the gradient up the valley side challenging.
Phil Ainslow and Sons also operate local bus services around Blaenavon. Two of their services drop visitors off near our railway. The number 30 operates from Cwmbran Bus Station to Blaenavon on a different route to the Stagecoach X24. Alight at the Lion Street terminus, turn left, and then walk down Broad Street (passing The Railway Shop) until you are at the bottom of the valley. Then follow the B4246 up the other side of the valley until you reach Blaenavon High Level. The latter part of this route is the same as from the X24’s Curwood stop, and therefore please note that some may again find the gradient challenging.
Phil Ainslow and Sons also serve the Big Pit National Coal Museum on their number 31 service from Brynmawr to Blaenavon. Our Big Pit Halt station can be found at the bottom of the overflow carpark. For more information on both services, please visit https://www.philanslowcoaches.co.uk/