- Time from Ebbw Vale to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 47 minutes
- Distance from Ebbw Vale to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 31 miles
See our Weekend Wedding Package with 60 to 70 day guests and 50 guests staying overnight.
A unique Wedding Venue - the romance of a real Welsh Castle combined with the historic grandeur of our very own Opera House licensed for wedding ceremonies.
Craig y Nos Castle only accepts one wedding a day, so you and your guests from Ebbw Vale will have the run of the whole ground floor of the castle exclusively.
in or near to Ebbw Vale,
or can you go further afield
When you choose a venue further away from your base, you'll tend to invite everyone for the whole day. Also you'll need somewhere all your guests can stay overnight.
Unlike with a 'local' wedding reception, when you marry at Craig y Nos, you won't have so many guests shooting off early to get home. With more local weddings nearer to Ebbw Vale, a wedding party dwindles around 11-12 as guests leave to go home. Having everyone stay over at Craig y Nos means your party lasts late into the night.
The mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park guarantees you stunning photo opportunities both inside and outside the castle. The Grade One Listed Opera House makes a fantastic setting for your wedding ceremony. You get exclusive use of the whole ground floor of the castle for you and your wedding guests.
When considering wedding decor you may already have plenty of your own ideas for your wedding. Or maybe you are still looking for inspiration?
Reflect the story of Ebbw Vale in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Ebbw Vale. You may get some ideas from the history of Ebbw Vale below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
1. Ebbw Vale and Brynmawr population: 33,000.
2. Until the end of the C.18th Ebbw Vale was a small hamlet of 120 people. It was trsansformed by the Industrial Revolution with the opening of the steel works in 1778 and coal mining from 1790. In the 1930's the steel works at Ebbw Vale was the largest in Europe. In the 1960's 14,500 were employed in the steelworks, but massive redundancies and decline followed the 1980's strikes and by 2002 all the old steelworks were closed. This was the end of the industrial era for Ebbw Vale.
3. The world's first steel train track rail was rolled at Ebbw Vale in 1857. Also steel from Ebbw Vale built the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
4. Unemployment rates in Ebbw Vale are among the highest in Britain following the collapse of the steel industry.
5. Two famous politicians represented Ebbw Vale. Aneurin Bevan, the father of the National Health Service, represented Ebbw Vale as a Labour Party MP from the 1929 general election to 1960. When he died in 1960, he was succeeded as MP by Michael Foot. The seat is now called Blaenau Gwent.
6. The towns and housing areas comprising the Ebbw Vale area are: Ebbw Vale, Rassau, Garnlydan, Hill Top, Briery Hill, Glyncoed, Willowtown, Glanyrafon, Cwm, Newtown, Victoria, Tyllwyn, and Waunlwyd.
7. £18m was spent developing Festival Park which held the last National Garden Festival but in the last 16 years has fallen into decline and needs more investment. It is now a retail park of 40 shops.
8. The site of the Ebbw Vale Steelworks is known as "The Works". This is subject to a £350m redevelopment into housing, retail and office areas, wetlands and an educational facility.
9. The Ebbw Vale rugby team is nicknamed 'The Steelmen' after the steelworks in the town.
10. A railway service to Cardiff Central from the new Ebbw Vale Parkway rail station began February 2008. A second service to Newport is scheduled for 2014.
3. Use the town names and areas of Ebbw Vale for your table names - Ebbw Vale, Rassau, Garnlydan, Hill Top, Briery Hill, Glyncoed, Willowtown, Glanyrafon, Cwm, Newtown, Victoria, Tyllwyn, and Waunlwyd.
4. Visit Festival Park for further products and ideas you might be able to source locally.
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