Ebbw Vale Travel Guide

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    by pattypoo Written Sep 7, 2011

    Cwmcarn Forest drive would be great drive for a family which also has a campsite. The drive is about 7or 8 miles long with play area's for children, mountain bike trails also a very good visiters centre plus an Iron Age fort.

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    by Myfanwe Written Jun 6, 2010

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    Festival Park is a great retail shopping outlet situated about a mile from the Centre of Ebbw Vale. It was built on the former Garden Festival of Wales site which was left abandoned after the closure of the festival in 1992. Since then it has been converted into a shopping outlet and tourist attraction. It now includes an owl sanctuary, fishing lake, gym, the Festival Church and remaining sculptures from the Garden Festival of Wales.

    The main attraction here is the lovely shopping area, it is not huge but there are many great shops to browse around, coffee shops and a nice little restaurant with a terrace overlooking the beautiful mountains. There is also a very nice looking garden centre on the other side of the car park from the shops - I didn't go in but it seemed very popular.

    There is ample free car parking here which also provide you with excellent views of the craggy mountain tops. As an added bonus, during my visit I could hear a Cuckoo calling from the mountainside.

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    by Myfanwe Updated Jun 7, 2010

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    The Nantyglo Roundhouse complex at Roundhouse farm is a unique relic of the Industrial Revolution. It was built in about 1816 by Joseph and Crawshay Bailey, the Ironmasters of the Nantyglo Ironworks, as a defended refuge against armed revolt by their workforce. In effect, it was the last private castle built in Britain. No other site in Wales gives so stark a reminder of the bitter conflict between Ironmasters and workforce. The towers symbolise the social upheaval which gave birth to the Chartist Insurrection and which would eventually create the modern labour movement.

    The Towers are not easy to find, they are a good ten minute drive from the Centre of Ebbw Vale and are not signposted in any way shape or form - i followed my sat nav... post code NP23 4YF, the only signs for the towers can be found a short way up a country track at the end of Roundhouse Close. I walked down the lower path where you can get some good views of two of the roundhouses, one is just around the corner whilst the other one can be seen on the right after walking for a few minutes.

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