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There are so many attractions within easy driving distance of Dare Valley Country Park its difficult to know where to start. Cyfartha Castle - home of one of the most notorious iron masters of the industrial revolution? Beautiful Bedwellty? Ghostly Llancaiach Fawr? There is plenty of choice in store...
The Most Popular Places to Visit in Wales
Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall
Aberdulais, Neath, SA10 8EU Tel no: 01639 636674
The National Trust property at Aberdulais Falls has one of the most famous waterfalls in South Wales, a small compact easy access site for all, situated in the village of Aberdulais adjacent to the Dulais Rock Pub.
Barry Island Sea Front
The Promenade, The Triangle, Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 5TQ
With the building of the docks over a century ago, Barry Island ceased to be an Island. Today it is an ideal place for a fun filled day.
Bedwellty House & Park
Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, NP22 3XN Tel no: 01495 353370
Bedwellty House and Park is a fine example of an ironmaster's residence set within a 26 acre Victorian garden and park.
Big Pit: National Coal Museum
Blaenavon, Torfaen, NP4 9XP Tel no: 01495 790311
Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain’s leading mining museums. With Facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. NATIONAL TOURISM AWARD 2010- SENSE OF PLACE WINNER
Blaenavon World Heritage Site
The Blaenavon World Heritage Site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
The town hosts several interesting places to visit including the Blaenavon World Heritage Visitor Centre, Cordell Museum, Blaenavon Ironworks, Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway and Big Pit National Coal Museum.
To explore the Blaenavon World Heritage Site further, click on the link to its website click here.
Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon Beacons, Powys, UK Tel no: 01874 623366
The Brecon Beacons National Park is 520sq miles of spectacular and distinctive mountains, lakes, rivers and more. Outdoor activities, gentle strolls and heritage aplenty.
Castle Street, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan, CF38 1JD Tel no: 02920 883143
This fortress sprawls over a huge area making it the largest moated medieval castle in Wales. Full size working replicas of medieval siege engines. Superb medieval military architecture. Famous leaning tower. On-site exhibitions. Audio tour.
For more information about Caerphilly Castle visit their website click here.
Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB Tel no: 02920 878100
Cardiff Castle is situated in the heart of the capital. The castle’s enchanting fairytale towers conceal an elaborate and splendid interior.
Castle Hill, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF15 7JS Tel no: 02920 810101
The beautiful fabled home home of the world’s wealthiest man’. Enchanting fairytale castle. Picturesque woodland setting. Uniquely furnished and decorated rooms. On-site exhibition. Audio tour available.
Coity, Nr Bridgend, UK Tel no: 01443 336000
An important Norman stronghold rebuilt in the 14th Century, forming part of the three castles of Ogmore, Newcastle and Coity. There are extensive ruins including a large gatehouse, tall imposing towers and a curtain wall.
Cosmeston Medival Village
Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 5UY Tel no: 02920 701678
Cosmeston Medieval Village is set in the year 1350, a troubled period in the history between the English and Welsh.
Cyfartha Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Cyfartha Park, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE Tel no: 01685 727371Set in 160 acres of parkland, this grand mansion dominates Merthyr Tydfil. Cyfartha Castle is home to a museum and art gallery which houses an extensive collection of fine art including Nantgarw, Wedgewood and Swansea porcelain. The museum tells the story of the industrial revolution and its focus in Merthyr, the Merthyr Riots and Dic Penderyn as well as Trevithick's Locomotive - the first locomotive to pull a load along rails.
For more information about Cyfartha Castle click on to the Visit Merthyr website click here.
Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery
Depot Road, Gadlys, Aberdare, CF44 8DL Tel no: 01685 886729
The Cynon Valley Museum consists of a main museum gallery, a temporary exhibition gallery and Art Gallery. The main gallery focuses on the social history of the Cynon Valley from 1800 to the present.
Dan Yr Ogof Nation Show Caves of Wales
Brecon Road, Abercrave, Powys, SA9 1GJ Tel no: 01639 730284
Wales’ best kept secret for 315 million years! The National Showcaves Centre for Wales is one of the principality’s top attractions.
Dr Who Experience
Discovery Quay, Heol Porth Teigr, Butetown, Cardiff, CF10 4GA Tel: 08448013663
Step through a crack in time and help the Doctor, armed with his Sonic Screwdriver to escape from his foes, fly the TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters seen on screen.
Joseph Parry’s Cottage Museum
4 Chapel Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE Tel no: 01685 723112
4 Chapel Row is a fine example of a typical ironworker’s cottage. Built in the 1820’s for the workers of the Cyfartha Ironworks, the cottage was the birthplace in 1841 of Joseph Parry, Wales best known composer.
Llanciach Fawr Manor
Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris, CF46 6ER Tel no: 01443 412248
Llanciach Fawr Manor is a splendid Tudor, semi-fortified Manor, refurbished to its 17th century state. Step back in time to the year 1645. The servants are always at the manor to make you feel welcome! To visit the Llancaiach Fawr website click here!
National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP Tel no: 02920 397951
The National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff is unique among British museums and galleries in its range of art and science displays.
Rhondda Heritage Park
Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Road, Trehafod, CF37 2NP Tel: 01443 682036
Based at the Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Rhondda Heritage Park is a living testament to the mining communities of the Rhondda Valleys. Film shows, fully guided underground experience, Artefacts exhibitions, Contemporary Art Gallery & Café.
St Fagans National History Museum
St Fagans, Cardiff, CF5 6XB Tel no: 02920 573500
St Fagans has established itself as one of Europe’s foremost open air museum, becoming Wales’ most popular heritage attraction. ENTRY IS FREE.
Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW Tel no: 02920 475475
A science discovery centre, designed to engage people of all ages in science through interactive exhibits and live demonstrations.
Wales Millenium Centre
Bute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL Tel no: 08700 402000
Wales Millenium Centre, in Cardiff Bay waterfront, is one of the most exciting cultural hubs in Europe today.
Oakwood Theme Park
Canaston Bridge, Narberth, SA67 8DE Tel no: 01834 861889
Are YOU ready for Oakwood? Oakwood Theme Park is one of the UK’s top ten theme parks, based in Pembrokeshire. Boasting over 40 rides and attractions you can be sure of a great day out – whatever the weather!
Ogmore Castle and Stepping Stones
Nr Bridgend, UK Tel no: 01443 336000
Substantial remains of a Norman stone-built castle, raised by the de Londres family. The initial earthwork castle was established by William de Londres, soon after 1100.
Parc Bryn Bach
Parc Bryn Bach is set in 340 acres of mixed grass and woodland and has a 36-acre lake as its focal point. The park offers cycling, picnic and barbeque areas as well as several adventure activities.
Historical Centre, The Old Bridge, Pontypridd, CF37 3PE Tel: 01443 490748
Housed in a converted chapel built in 1861, Pontypridd Museum tells the history of Pontypridd and its people through a variety of exhibitions.
Go Ape Margam
Margam Country Park, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2 TJ Tel no: 01284 852218
Our very first Welsh Course, located in Margam Country Park (near Port Talbot), which boasts splendid landscapes and the largest deer herd in Wales.
The Millenium Stadium
Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1NS Tel no: 08700 138600
Since its opening in June 1999, the Millenium Stadium has welcomed over 1.3 million visitors per year. Join one of our experienced tour guides to see the dressing rooms, hear the roar of the crowd, walk down the players’ tunnel.
Taff TrailThe Taff Trail links part of the historic transport network between Cardiff, Merthyr and Brecon on a continuous 55 mile / 93 km waymarked route. The route is primarily off road using canal paths and old railway lines and passes through a range of beautiful scenery and important heritage landscapes.
Download a Taff Trail guide from the Sustrans website click here.
The Winding HouseThe Winding House in New Tredegar is a newly opened museum in the Rhymney valley. It tells the story of the Caerphilly area up to the present day including the history of the Celts, Romans, local Castles and the industrial revolution.
Visit the Winding House website click here