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Blaenavon - World Heritage Site

BlaenavonAt first it might not be obvious what links the town of Blaenavon with India's Taj Mahal, Australia's Barrier Reef or the Great Wall of China. In fact all these places (plus another 886 around the world) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The status of World Heritage Site is given to an area or monument which is considered to have had a significant historical impact on the world. Blaenavon was awarded its World Heritage status in 2000 in recognition for the role it played at the forefront of the industrial revolution.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth century the town became one of the biggest and most important coal, iron and steel producers in the world. Find out more about the past at the town's World Heritage Centre, Big Pit National Coal Museum or the Blaenavon Ironworks museum.

Today the area is thriving and is popular with tourists eager to find out more about its past. The town's high street is also popular, lined as it is with many independent retailers selling local crafts and produce.

Try some of the fantastic Blaenavon cheese, which comes in a range of weird and wonderful flavours - Cider and Onion Marmalade, Mustard Leek and Ale or for a bit of bite try Anadl y Ddraig (Dragon's Breath), a hot chilli cheddar.

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