Fray Bentos is in Río Negro department of Uruguay, at the border with Argentina. The town is best known, at least among travellers, for its former meat-packing plant, which is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
The town of Fray Bentos has historically been a very important center of meat and meat extract production, as reflected in the world heritage listed plants located here.
You can get in by bus. There are about 12 daily buses from Montevideo, the ride taking 4-7 hours depending on the route. Less frequent buses are also available from other Uruguayan cities such as Colonia and Salto. As this is the southernmost road bridge between Uruguay and Argentina, you'll pass near the city if you travel between these two countries overland. The city is less than 50 km from Gualeguaychú in Argentina.
- 1 Museo de la Revolución Industrial (Ex-frigorífico Anglo), Rambla Andres Montaño, ☎ . The UNESCO World Heritage listing "Fray Bentos Cultural Industrial Landscape" comprises the premises of the former Liebig's Extract of Meat Company, founded in 1863. From 1899 onwards the Anglo Meat Packing Plant functioned here. Closed in 1979, the area is nowadays a museum. In its heyday it was one of the largest industrial plants in all of South America and attracted many of the region's European immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- 2 Plaza Constitución, 15 de Mayo and 18 de Julio. Beautiful plaza with a gazebo at its center. The gazebo, unique in Uruguay and originally built in England, was financed by Liebig, the company that owned the meat packing plant.
- 3 Museo Solari (Museo Luis Alberto Solari), Treinta y Tres Orientales 1879, ☎ . M–F 8:00–20:00, Sa Su holidays: 14:00–20:00. Art museum. Free.
- 4 Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Pilar), 25 de Mayo (next to Plaza Constitución). A church, also financed by Liebig, that includes a clock imported from France.
- 5 Teatro Young (Teatro Miguel Young), Zorrilla de San Martín and 25 de Mayo.