Rhondda Cynon Taf
A visit to RCT will offer you sweeping views, fascinating history and a vibrant cultural experience. But you’d get that anywhere in Wales. What makes our Valleys so special?
Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery
Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery is located on the site of Gadlys Ironworks an important industrial heritage site within Aberdare. The museum was created with backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The museum guides you through the discovery of two hundred years of Cynon Valley history - an engrossing journey via the 'Footprints through Time' gallery exploring the changing lives of the people of the Cynon Valley. Regularly changing gallery space and high quality café.
The Penderyn Distillery, home of Penderyn Whisky, is unique in Wales and the first distillery to legally distil a whisky spirit in the principality for more than a century. Members of the public can visit the distillery, view the distilling and bottling process and, most importantly, taste the product.
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Barry Sidings Countryside Park
Barry Sidings is an attractive countryside park located close to Trehafod on the B4753. The park runs along the southern bank of the river Rhondda for about 1.5 kilometres.
Barry Sidings Countryside Park has a visitor centre, seasonal café, public toilets and accessible car parking. There is a wildflower bank supporting increasing biodiversity due to its traditional hay meadow management and varies plant species including meadowsweet, black knapweed and teasel that attract a variety of butterflies. The visitor centre is the start of a short walk that takes you up into the forestry overlooking the park (not suitable for pushchairs).
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Rhondda Heritage Park
Rhondda Heritage Park is one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales. Based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, it supplies a fun and interesting day out for families and groups.
Real ex-miners guide groups through multimedia presentations on the lives of miners and their families in the Valleys before a tour of the buildings at the pit head and an 'underground' tour to get a taste of what the life of a miner was like.
The visitor centre boasts a period re-constructed village street, art gallery, restaurant and gift shop.
The Model House
The Model House Craft & Design Centre in Llantrisant has been a work house, boarding house, an inn, a glove factory and now a Craft Centre. Overlooking the historic Bull Ring, the Model House was built as a workhouse.
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Ynysangharad War Memorial Park
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in the heart of the market town of Pontypridd is the venue for some of the areas biggest events. The park has seen rock concerts featuring bands like Feeder and The LostProphets as well as local choirs and brass bands who perform there regularly during the summer months.
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park was created in the 1920s as a war memorial park. It features a bandstand and first class sporting facilities with two bowling greens, two football pitches and an 18-hole pitch and putt golf course - as well as the ever popular seasonal paddling pool!
For more information about things to see and do in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, click here.
Nantgarw China Works Museum
Nantgarw China Works Museum nestles in a small village just off the A470. The Museum hosts a collection of world famous Nantgarw China and a bottle kin as well as information on the Glamorgan Canal and the original owner of the chinaworks, William Billingsley. There is also a working potter on site.
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Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy
The famous home of the Treorchy Male Choir and Parc & Dare Band hosts a varied programme of music drama, cinema and community events.
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Muni Theatre and Arts Centre, Pontypridd
The 'Muni' in the centre of Pontypridd is a beautiful converted church which hosts a diverse programme which includes bands, children's events, educational and participation events, comedy, drama, pantomime, and productions by community groups. A choice of snacks and meals is available in the Footlights Café Bar.
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Pontypridd Museum and Edwards Bridge
The fascinating history of Pontypridd and its people is explored through a variety of exhibitions in Pontypridd Museum. Situated next to Pontypridd's iconic Edward's Bridge (known locally as The Old Bridge), the converted Welsh Baptist Chapel houses models of nearby canals, mines and railways, and film and voice archives of the history of the area. A superb pipe organ is still used for occasional recitals in the museum.