Ebbw Vale, or Glyn Ebbwy in Welsh, means 'valley of the wild horse'. This beautiful town in South Wales has lots to offer if you are thinking of moving there, whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education. Here’s the lowdown …
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £490,000 for a 4 bedroom detached house
- Average house price in Ebbw Vale: £97,788
- Cheapest property: A house sold for £8,750 in November 2016
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- Wales is expected to enjoy a 10% house price increase from 2017-2021
- Ebbw Vale is a former steel making town and has seen a huge amount of regeneration including significant investment in the former steel work
- Ebbw Vale is one of the five new enterprise zones in Wales, set up to provide support, grants and tax incentives to firms who establish new businesses in the area
- Inward investment also includes the sports car company TVR announcing in March 2016 that it is to base its new factory in Ebbw Vale, creating 150 jobs
- An Ebbw Vale food producer recently invested £10M in to a new facility in the area, creating 100 jobs.
Location and Transport 🚌
- Road links are good via the A465, which is being upgraded and provides direct access to the Western Industrial valleys and the market towns of Monmouthshire
- The passenger rail line runs hourly to Cardiff central.
- Ebbw Vale currently is host to a selection of primary schools and infant schools, plus two secondary schools both covering a large catchment area.
- There is also the Ebbw Vale campus of Coleg Gwent, a Further Education college
- A new £52m Coleg Gwent building was opened in 2012 alongside Wales' first 3-16 educational establishment titled the Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
- The land where the Ebbw Vale steelworks stood has been landscaped. The site is now a successful retail park with landscaped walks, owl sanctuary, and children’s adventure park
- The town centre has a range of shops, banks and a weekly street market, where you can buy food, green grocery, hardware and clothing
- The northern end of the town abounds the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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