a small town with a big history.
At the centre of the town is the beautiful Bedwellty Park. The 26
acre park dates from the 19th century when it was
created for the Master of the local iron works, Samuel Homfray.
The parkland is full of interesting features such as cascades, a
bandstand and an ice house. It also boasts the biggest single
lump of coal ever mined.
The park's centre piece though is Bedwellty House. Once home
to Homfray, the house has a remarkable history. As well as
being a residence, the house also became the headquarters of
Tredegar Town Council.
And it was in this council chamber that a young Aneurin Bevan took
his first steps into politics, before he went on to become the
local MP and founder of the NHS. Visitors can take a look
inside this historic room and watch a short film as well as browse
through a number of other exhibitions.
Bedwelty House and Park is open all year round to the
Visitors to the house and park can relax and unwind in the Orchid
House tearoom where they can sample a range of homemade
specialities, including produce grown in its very own kitchen
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know all about our castles, museums and other well-known
attractions by now. But aside from all those, there are a
plethora of hidden gems lurking throughout the region, each with
their own story and ability to make any trip to Wales a memorable
The Guardian Memorial
It's been compared to the Angel of the North, and it's easy to see
Towering above the village of Six Bells, in the heart of the Valleys, the Guardian
stands as a monument to the mining industry that once dominated
It stands on the site of the former Six Bells Colliery, not that
you'll know it, given how you are now surrounded by meadows and
wildlife. The inscriptions on the base of the statue
commemorates the lives lost at the 1960 Six Bells disaster.
Nearby, Ty Ebbw Fach houses a small exhibition on the statue as
well as a café, making it an ideal places for a refreshment
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Gwent…or head of the Gwent valleys if you want to know what it
means. Being at the top of these valleys, it comes as no
surprise that the area has a number of lofty claims to fame.
It has the highest town in Wales - Brynmawr, standing at 380
metres above sea level. It is also home to the highest golf
course in Wales, with the West Mon course standing at
457 metres. It also has one of the tallest sculptures in
Wales - Six Bell's Guardian memorial
towering 20 metres over the village below.
As well as all these giant geographical landmarks, it also an area
that celebrates political giants. Tredegar was the home town
to Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS. In fact, the place
where he first cut his teeth in politics, Bedwellty House is now open to
the public. Together with the surrounding parkland, it is now
one of the most popular attractions in the area.
Other attractions in the area include the Festival Park shopping village
and Parc Bryn Bach, a acres of
green space, morrland and lake - ideal for all sort of outdoor
Click the links to take a look at what else Blaenau Gwent and the
surrounding Valleys can offer.