Just south of the Brecon Beacons, the Premier Inn Pontypool is in the perfect position for exploring Monmouthshire, the valleys of south Wales or the wonderful landscape in the National Park. Sample the local produce in the historic market towns of Usk, Monmouth and Abergavenny, explore the area's rich history at Blaenavon World Heritage Site and Big Pit National Coal Museum, or zip down the road to Newport and Cardiff. Then it's back for a well-earned rest in the Harvester restaurant and a big comfy bed.
Facilities – at a glance
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- En-suite rooms: 50
- Family rooms: 0
- Free TV
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Night porter available
- Fully air conditioned
- Open all year
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About The area
Like much of this part of south Wales, the county borough of Torfaen has a heavily industrialised past. Its administrative centre, Pontypool, has links to the iron industry dating back to the 15th century. In this region of abandoned mines and long-closed iron and steel works, however, Torfaen boasts the standout example – the Blaenavon UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The town of Blaenavon grew up around an ironworks, opened in 1788, part of which is now a museum. The steel-making and coal-mining industries followed. The ironworks closed in 1900 and the coalmine in 1980, since then it has become a significant tourist attraction. The ironworks is the best preserved blast furnace complex of its period and one of the most important monuments to have survived from the early part of the Industrial Revolution. During its heyday in the early 19th century, it was one of the biggest producers of iron in the world. Today you can view the extensive remains of the blast furnaces, the cast houses and the impressively restored water balance tower.
The town also has a heritage steam railway, formerly used to run coal up and down the valley, which is now run by volunteers.
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