Blaenavon World Heritage Site

Blaenavon became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. It received this important and prestigious status because the area provides evidence of the key role south Wales played in the iron, steel and coal industries of the Industrial Revolution.

The Blaenavon World Heritage Site is of outstanding universal value, meaning its heritage is of global significance and belongs to the world.

Blaenavon town, with its historic buildings and terraced housing, reflects powerfully the distinctive culture of the south Wales valleys in the 19th century. As well as famous sites such as the ironworks, Big Pit and the surrounding landscape, it too is included within the World Heritage Site.

Blaenavon Civic Society is a community group which has been set up to:

  • Increase interest, understanding and pride in the historical buildings of Blaenavon
  • Assist in the protection of the buildings and historic character of Blaenavon
  • Promote high standards of planning, design and architecture in Blaenavon

Explore our website to find out more about Blaenavon’s buildings, their significance, and how our events and activities can help preserve Blaenavon’s outstanding universal value.

Broad Street, Blaenavon