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During the second half of the eighteenth century, a huge change began to take place in Britain. Driven by a unique set of circumstances including, but not limited to, growth in population and the opening up of export markets which both pushed up demand. The availability of raw materials, especially coal. Big advances in technology, including the steam engine, which allowed a less skilled, but much larger work force to become employed in the towns and cities rather than in the countryside. And improvements in transport infrastructure such as roads, canals and railways. By early part of the nineteenth century these changes were having an enormous effect on the social conditions of the population, as well as on the economic prosperity of the nation.

The legacy of the Industrial Revolution can still be seen in almost every town and city. If you are studying this amazing and fascinating period of British history with your class, there are lots of wonderful venues, dedicated to bringing these sights and sounds back to life for your children to experience first hand. All parts of the country were affected, and you will find educational resources in your own location, but if you wish to visit where it all began, a visit to Ironbridge or the Black Country is a real treat.

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YHA Cardiff Central has a 5-star rating and everything you need to explore the vibrant Welsh capital. This former hotel is packed with mod cons and has excellent facilities for school trips and groups.

YHA Cardiff Central has a 5-star rating and everything you need to explore the vibrant Welsh capital. This former hotel is packed with mod cons and has excellent facilities for school trips and groups. One of our three state-of-the-art meeting rooms even has an interactive whiteboard – perfect for studying or a city break. You’ll also find whiteboards, flipcharts, projectors and audio equipment. Groups can stay connected with free Wi-Fi (including bedrooms), or relax in our stylishly decorated social areas. Hang out in the bustling social spaces and restaurant, or take advantage of our tasty group catering options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's plenty of peace of mind for group leaders, with 24 hour staffing, regular checks of the hostel and CCTV across the...

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