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Guardian - Six Bells Mining Memorial

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Address: Chapel Road | Chapel Road, Six Bells, Blaenau Gwent, Abertillery NP13 2ND, Wales
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+44 1495 211732

Welcome to Ty Ebbw Fach located in Six Bells. Named after the river running...

Welcome to Ty Ebbw Fach located in Six Bells. Named after the river running past, We have a Heritage Centre full of stories from Six Bells and it’s the place to find out all about the stunning Guardian Miners Memorial which is only a short walk away. So why not pop in and see us before or after your unforgettable trip to Guardian? On the first floor is a conference room which can be hired for functions. Accessible by lift, this room is used for meetings, christening parties, birthday parties. Please contact us if you would like further information.

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A hidden gem

We spotted this fantastic sculpture from the road and turned back to find it. So pleased we did..it's simply stunning, glowing in the sunshine. Very moving to read the names and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spotted this fantastic sculpture from the road and turned back to find it. So pleased we did..it's simply stunning, glowing in the sunshine. Very moving to read the names and description of the accident, as well as the poem on a second information board. Would thoroughly recommend anyone to take time out to visit if they are in the... More 

Thank MairDyer
Abertillery, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Lovely walk to the memorial especially when all the irises are in bloom . A fitting memorial to the miners who died there . Pity a new school is going to be built to spoil it , probably end up covered in graffiti surrounded by rubbish-- what a tribute to the miners who died there then !!

Thank eleanorandelwyn
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We found visiting the guardian quite moving especially reading the inscription and the names of the miners who lost their lives. It was a bleak day but a lovely cuppa in the cafe opposite was warming also the welcome from the staff, planning a return visit soon.

Thank Janet W
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282 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Incredible sculpture to recognise the lives given by the miners who died in 1960. Fantastic location with the guardian dominating a wonderful view over the valley - made more picturesque with snow on the ground. Well worth a visit with free car park and good bistro/cafe opposite.

Thank David M
Abertillery, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Somewhere to go for a nice walk and to see the lovely Guardian in memory of those who lost their lives in the Six Bells mining tragedy. The miner is huge and is very well done, it's great when your up the Mountain and can see him looking over the Valley.

1 Thank RCarysx
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

I didn't know what to expect as I had only seen it on TV, but it amazing to see in real life and it was very moving. Everyone should visit and pay their respects to the miners.

Thank Passivesoul
Alaior, Spain
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112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

The scale of this monument is awe inspiring and a somber reminder of the price local communities paid to provide us with coal. Not to be missed.

Thank DhBahiya
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Such a serene and beautiful memorial to the men and boys that lost their lives in the name of coal. They went to work and never came home. All they wanted to do was to provide for their families.

Thank Lee B
Bath UK
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Top marks to the creator of this memorial to the tragedy on 28th June 1960. Sited in an impressive position looking over the town

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Abertillery, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

People fail to realise the beauty of the Welsh Valleys. This innovative, unusual monument blends perfectly with the surrounding hillsides, evoking the tragic realities of the industrial past of the area. From a distance one would think that a socialist realist statue had been transported from Vorkuta coal fields, but its artistry is far more subtle and humane. It is... More 

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