There is a guided tour and talk at 2pm.
Neath Abbey Ironworks is accessible by the lane to the side of GMF Motor Factors, opposite the Smith’s Arms on New Road on the A4230. There is plenty of free car parking in the area.
Get ready to step back in time and delve into the industrial heritage of Neath Abbey Ironworks at the Cadw Open Doors Event. Located in the historic Cwmfelin, this site boasts a rich history dating back to the era of Welsh princes before the Norman Conquest, making it a cradle of industry and innovation.
Neath Abbey Ironworks achieved worldwide recognition for its ground-breaking contributions to the Industrial Revolution. From steam engines to ships, locomotives, and gas plants, these ironworks played a pivotal role in propelling Britain and the rest of the world into the industrial age. It’s no exaggeration to say that it helped shape Wales as the first industrial society on the planet.
What sets Neath Abbey Ironworks apart is its remarkable collection of 8,000 engineering plans, a testament to its significance in the history of industry and innovation. These plans are proudly preserved in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, showcasing the global importance of this site.
The site itself features awe-inspiring blast furnaces, some of the largest masonry examples ever constructed. These structures stand as impressive relics of the past, waiting to be explored.
The Cadw Open Doors Event at Neath Abbey Ironworks is hosted by the Friends of Neath Abbey Iron Company, who are dedicated to preserving and sharing the site’s rich history. Visitors can look forward to a guided tour and informative talk at 2 pm, as well as the opportunity to engage with the Friends throughout the day. Additionally, indulge in delicious tea, coffee, cakes, snacks, and even freshly baked pizzas from a pizza oven.
For those eager to take home a piece of history, there will be stalls offering souvenirs for sale. While the site is generally accessible, please note that it may present challenges for wheelchair users due to its uneven and rough terrain.
Mark your calendars for this unique journey into the heart of industrial heritage at the Cadw Open Doors Event at Neath Abbey Ironworks. Explore the past, savour delightful treats, and take home a memento to remember your visit. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience.
Ready to explore Neath Abbey Ironworks? Add this captivating event to your calendar today and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this industrial marvel!