Merthyr TydfilMerthyr Tydfil (Welsh: Merthyr Tudful) is a town and County Borough in South Wales in the historic county of Glamorgan on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Merthyr Tydfil is often referred to simply as Merthyr.
Merthyr Tydfil has a long history and the town was a major centre of coal mining and steel manufacturing and the location of the invention of the steam locomotive, and in the 19th century had a population that exceeded both Swansea and Cardiff. In the latter half of the 20th century it suffered from serious industrial decline but more recently has started to undergo regeneration reflecting its location as a dormitory town for Cardiff and Swansea and the potential for tourism based on its history and location near the Brecon Beacons National Park.
By carMerthyr Tydfil can be reached by A470 located 22 miles north of the M4 Junction 32 which is located just north of Cardiff. The A470 connects with the "Heads of the Valley road" which connects Swansea with the M5. The road is good quality dual carriageway between Merthyr and Cardiff.
By trainMerthyr Tydfil station has a twice hourly service to Cardiff Central station and a route to Cardiff Queen Street station.
Cyfarthfa CastleThe former home of the Crawshay family, historical ironmasters of Cyfarthfa Ironworks. This castellated, constructed in 1800s now houses a small secondary school and a museum covering local history and containing a curious variety of antiques including several sarcophogi. The grounds of the 'castle' are a popular attraction during drier weather, covering 158 acres of land, containing woodland, children's park areas for sporting and a small lake.
phone: +44 1685 722988address: Pant Station, CF48 2DDThe Brecon Mountain Railway runs from a station in Pant, Merthyr Tydfil into the Brecon Beacons national park. It runs a private line using restored steam locomotives.
Merthyr Tydfil makes an excellent base camp for those wishing to see the Brecon Beacons with easier access to transport links and services.
Bike Park WalesThe UK's first full scale bike park, Bike Park Wales is the UK’s first full scale mountain bike park in the heart of the South Wales valleys making mountain biking accessible to everyone from extreme to serene.
phone: +44 1685 373281address: Market St, Dowlais
The Bessemer Hotelphone: +44 1685 350780address: Glynne Jones Ct, Dowlais
- Brecon Beacons National Park is just outside the town - amazing scenery and walking opportunities.
- Cardiff and its museums and excellent shopping is a stone's throw away from the town.
- Swansea offers excellent leisure and cultural amenities, not to mention a stunning coastline. Wales' second city is less than an hour's drive from Merthyr.