The South Wales Valleys are known throughout the world for their heritage, culture, and a warm welcome for visitors. This special region of Wales has many qualities not found elsewhere; their unanticipated beauty, country parks & forests, the fascinating attractions, scenic foot-paths and cycle trails not forgetting the largest castle in Wales.
The Rhondda Heritage Park, housed in the buildings of the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, provides ex-miner tour guides, an underground experience, "Black Gold" audio visual presentation, recreated village street, gift shop, children's adventure play area and restaurant, making this an attraction not to be missed.
Incorporating the only permanent exhibition on "Chapels of Wales" in the Principality, the Pontypridd Museum also depicts the social, military, sporting and cultural history of the town and its people.
Merthyr Tydfil - the cradle of the Industrial Revolution remembers its past at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery. This grand Regency mansion was built by the all powerful Ironmaster William Crawshay and features period restoration, social history galleries and an impressive fine art collection.
The splendour of Cyfarthfa with its 160 acre public park is in sharp contrast to the charmingly simple construction of Joseph Parry's Ironworkers Cottage. Birthplace of one of Wales' best loved composers, the cottage depicts working class life in the 1840's and also contains some interesting musical memorabilia.
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