Location and Opening Hours
The Research Room at Gwent Archives is open Tuesday to Friday 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm. Appointments are currently required to comply with 2m distancing requirements, information on how to book is available here.
The service closes on bank holidays, Christmas Eve and the period between Christmas and New Year.
Amenities and Physical Accessibility
Gwent Archives is on the ground floor of the General Offices, all on one level and is fully accessible to wheelchair users, mobility scooters and pushchairs. Accessible access is provided at the rear entrance and there are accessible toilets on the ground floor. The 2 car parks closest to the General Offices include spaces for disabled badge holders plus a few spaces off Lime Avenue. Please see this map for details, using our postcode NP23 6AA.
A hearing loop is in place in the Research Room, and hearing aids should be switched to the ‘T’ position. All staff at Gwent Archives are happy to advise on our services, facilities and collections and further information about additional support and our commitment to accessibility can be found in our Disability Access Policy.
Seating areas are situated in the Atrium of the building, where researchers can take a break and enjoy refreshments. A small selection of sandwiches and snacks are available to purchase, as well as hot drinks, and you’re welcome to eat packed lunches there too
Front view of the building, from near one of the car parks
View of the rear entrance, from the direction of the train station and car park
Gwent Archives is located in the beautiful General Offices, a Grade II listed building on the old steelworks site in Ebbw Vale.
By public transport
Ebbw Vale Town train station is situated next door to the General Offices, and regular trains operate from Cardiff Central. Ebbw Vale is well-served by local buses. The bus station is located in the town, and the General Offices are a downhill walk from there – see route map for details – or by using the Ebbw Vale Cableway. There are also local bus stops nearby. To plan your journey visit Traveline Cymru - Journey Planning Wales.
From the A465 Heads of the Valleys road follow signs for Ebbw Vale along the A4046, and then signs for The Works / Y Gweithfeydd and Newport/Casnewydd on the A4281 and then signs for The General Offices. From the M4 (South) follow the A467 to Aberbeeg and then the A4046 signposted Ebbw Vale. A map of the local area can be viewed here.
Limited parking is available free of charge in the car park directly opposite the building or in the adjacent Ebbw Vale Town Railway station car park. A free multi-story car park is slightly further away (200m), next to the Coleg Gwent Campus on Lime Avenue. Car park locations are marked on this map.