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Torfaen Tourist Information
Torfaen is a relatively small county found in South Wales, it is surrounded by Monmouthshire to the East, the city of Newport to the South, Caerphilly to the South West and Blaenau Gwent to the North West.

The three main towns in Torfaen are Cwmbran located in the South, Pontypool located in the centre and Blaenavon located in the North of the county.

In the South of Torfaen is the town of Cwmbran, this is the main hub for shopping in the county. Here you'll find an extensive range of shops which consist of lots of large high street named retailers and local independent shops. The town is also home to the Cwmbran Shopping Centre, which is the second largest under-cover shopping centre in Wales.

Blaenavon, which lies partly within the Brecon Beacons National Park was once a major producer of iron and coal, this is still evident today in the areas industrial landscape with coal mines, quarries, railway systems, furnaces and workers' homes. This has lead to UNESCO declaring the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape as a World Heritage Site.

Pontypool is renowned for its extensive park, Pontypool Park. This 'People's Park' (as it's known locally) covers an impressive area of roughly 150 acres and has a number of historical features including landscaped Italian Gardens, Ice Houses, Folly Tower (a three-storey tower) and a Shell Grotto with an interior decorated with shells and bones.

There are a number of visitor attractions in Torfaen including the Big Pit National Coal Museum, a fabulous free entry attraction where visitors can take an underground tour with an ex-minor. Blaenavon Ironworks is another free entry attraction which tells of South Wales' industrial history, it also provides a fascinating insight into the daily lives of iron workers through periods of time. Located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park is Blaenavon Heritage Railway, it has a number of steam and diesel locomotives which takes passengers on a wonderful journey through Blaenavon Industrial Landscape along almost three miles of track.

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