Torfaen, my constituency, is located to the north of Newport in the former county of Gwent, South Wales.
It is formed of Cwmbran, a new town, and the ‘Eastern Valley’, which contains the valley towns of Pontypool and Blaenavon. However, the Cwmbran wards of Llanyrafon and Croesyceiliog fall within the Monmouth Parliamentary constituency.
In common with the other Welsh valleys to the west, the area has a great steel producing and coal mining heritage.
Blaenavon, in the north of the constituency, was awarded World Heritage Status in 2000 and has developed as a first class tourist destination. Attractions around Blaenavon include the award-winning Big Pit National Mining Museum, where visitors can find out about coal mining and travel down a mine.
Going south, you can also ride on the Pontypool and Blaenavon railway, visit Pontypool museum or go to the renowned Cwmbran Shopping centre to pick up a few bargains! Or, just to the north, the Brecon Beacons National Park, with it’s natural beauty and great walking routes, are just on our doorstep.
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