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Visitor Guide pdf download (12.9mb) - Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Visitor Guide

Things to see Things to do Places to stay Food heaven


Welcome!

We couldn’t be more Welsh

here in Rhondda Cynon Taf

if we tried!


Welcome to the birthplace of the

Welsh National Anthem, Sir Tom

Jones and his green, green grass of

home, the world-famous mining

industry and THAT Valleys welcome!

Our scenery is stunning, our outdoor

activities are exhilarating, our male

voice choirs and brass bands are

among the best in the world and our

rugby players are sporting legends.

Nestled between Cardiff, the Brecon

Beacons and the south Wales coast,

with easy access to all three,

Rhondda Cynon Taf is Wales’

second-largest County Borough.

Here you can walk, cycle or horseride

your way through breathtaking

vistas and stunning countryside

before “cwtching” up in warm and

cosy restaurants, bars and cafes.

Meander through fascinating and

historic town centres that have an

inviting mix of boutiques, high street

names and great places to relax.

Dig into rich history and heritage

including captured kings, sporting

triumphs, Hollywood stars and, of

course, our world-famous mining,

before diving into a trendy 21st

Century arts and culture scene.

Above all, enjoy the one thing we

are most renowned for – our

inimitable Valleys welcome.


history and heritage

Lose yourself in our long, interesting

and often unusual history


The Old Bridge, Pontypridd

The bridge was completed in 1756, after three failed

attempts. Its builder, William Edwards, first constructed a

three-arched bridge, but this was swept away by a flood.

He next attempted a single-span bridge, but the timber

supports used during construction were also swept away by

the river in flood. His third attempt collapsed under its own

weight. His fourth, the present bridge, has three cylindrical

holes each side to reduce the weight of the stonework. With

a span of 140 feet Edwards’ bridge was hailed as the first

in Europe to exceed the span of the Rialto in Venice.


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History and Heritage

Industry and politics were changed

by decades of coal mining that have

left their permanent, dramaticallybeautiful

mark on our landscapes

and made us famous the world over.

The Welsh National Anthem and

Cwm Rhondda, which bring men to

tears as they clutch their chests and

belt them out in stadiums, concert

halls and even bars, were written

here.

We boast staggering Bronze Age

finds and you can walk in the

footsteps of dinosaurs or pound

cobbled streets once filled with

victorious longbow men returning

from Medieval battles, where they

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overwhelmed knights on horseback

to become warfare’s most feared.

Our past is dotted with wonderful

tales of industry and enterprise.

Pontypridd is home to what was once

the world’s longest train station

platform and the majestic singlespan

William Edwards Bridge which

exceeded Venice’s Rialto when it

opened over 250 years ago.

The first steam engine journey

arrived here and our former

residents have cycled, boxed and run

their way into sporting legends. Our

very own Dr William Price is

becoming the pioneer of cremation.


We have Heritage and Blue

Plaque Trails that bring this

wonderful history to life,

allowing you to visit the

homes, inspirations and

communities of these icons.

You can walk our trails,

drive our trails and select

audio commentary, internet

downloads or leaflets to

accompany them and add

fascinating detail.

Our museums are packed

with fascinating displays

and “ooh I never knew that”

moments while our town

centres have information

boards.

Rhondda Heritage Park is

on the site of the former

Lewis Merthyr Colliery and

allows visitors to experience,

first-hand, what life in the

dangerous pits was like,

accompanied by former

miners who offer moving

and personal commentary.

The nearby Pit Pony

Sanctuary allows you to

meet and find out more

about the horses who

worked in the pits.

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St Peters Church, Pentre

Statue of Caradog, Aberdare

Rhondda Heritage Park

Rocking Stones, Pontypridd

Miners Statue, Tonypandy

Treorchy Male Voice Choir

Did you

know?

?

William Evans,

founder of the

corona pop factory,

lived in Bronwydd

House, Porth, which

is adjacent to

Bronwydd Park.

“The stories on the

Hirwaun audio trail

vividly brought to

life the history of

the village

wonderfully well - I

can still picture the

workers drinking

the beer from the

suspended barrel!"

Mr D Llewellyn

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outdoor spaces

One thing we are not short of is

open spaces and places….


View of the Rhondda Fach Valley (little Rhondda) which has been

taken from the iconic cone Old Smokey in Tylorstown.

Looking towards the Rhondda Fach (west). You can see

Pontygwaith in the top right corner and the rise going up Penrhys.


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Outdoor Spaces

Our mountain-top vistas will take

your breath away as you enjoy

unbroken views of open countryside

or the beautiful Valleys terraces in

rainbow colours that cling to the

hillsides.

Enjoy lakeside country parks, river

bank trails and magical routes

taking you to waterfalls, historic sites

and wonderful wildlife locations.

Tour through atmospheric towns and

villages with history at the end of

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every street and soak up the peace

and quiet in parks.

There are numerous maps, guides

and trails to show you the way and

you can walk, cycle or even horseride.

For the more adventurous,

there is also trekking, mountainclimbing,

gorge-walking and more.

Many of our leisure centres and

country parks offer bike hire.

Dare Valley Country Park overlooks

Aberdare and the Brecon Beacons


and is a nature-lover’s

paradise, offering

walks and trails,

including a children’s

treasure hunt. It has

an adventure

playground, cosy café,

accommodation and

camping and

caravanning facilities.

Barry Sidings and

Clydach Countryside

Park to the south of

Rhondda Cynon Taf

also offer

breathtaking views

and walks; wildlife,

fun for the kids and

places to eat and

relax.

Images Clockwise

Gorge Walking at

Dare Valley Country Park

Craig y Llyn Viewpoint

Clydach Lake

Horse Riding at

Dare Valley Country Park

Cycling on the National

Cycling Route

Did you

know?

Countryside Walk

?

Griffith Morgan aka

Guto Nyth Bran ran to

Pontypridd and back

a distance of seven

miles in the time it

took to boil a kettle.

www.nosgalan.co.uk

for more info.

“We recently went quad

biking, it was our first time.

We had so much fun, got to

experience different things

around the track. The only

downfall was it only went for

an hour. could have spent all

day riding around...”

Taff Quad Bike & activity Centre –

Quote from Trip Advisor

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arts and culture

Welsh arts and culture is taking

the globe by storm!

birds eye view


Ponty’s Big Weekend

Ponty’s Big Weekend has become a highlight of the UK

music calendar as Rhondda Cynon Taf continues to play host

to some of the country’s biggest and best acts.

Phenomenal summer concerts at the beautiful Ynysangharad

War Memorial Park have become a trademark of success for

the annual world-class performances that continually take

the thousands of spectators by storm.


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Arts and Culture

We like to mix the old with the new,

which is why our up-and-coming

bands, musicians and dancers share

stages in our majestic venues with

male voice choirs, brass bands and

home-grown comedians.

The imposing Park and Dare in

Treorchy, the Muni in Pontypridd and

the Coliseum in Aberdare are our

main venues, but many smaller clubs

and pubs also host wonderful

entertainment, where you can get a

taste of the Welsh arts and culture -

and spot the global talent of the

future.

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An exciting calendar of events is held

throughout the year, including the

Big Welsh Bite where you can enjoy

a slice of life in Rhondda Cynon Taf

with food, drink, arts and crafts and

loads of family fun.

The Wanted and JLS are among the

stars who have taken to the stage at

Ponty’s Big Weekend while sporting

legends Linford Christie, John

Hartson and Shane Williams have

made it onto the roll of mystery

runners who complete the

spectacular Nos Galan Road Races

every New Year’s Eve.


Did you know?

Stereophonics are from

Cwmaman, which is

near Aberdare.

?

Evan and James James from Mill

Street, Pontypridd, were the composer

and wrote Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

the Welsh National Anthem.

“An incredible occasion and I

was honoured to be asked to

come and bear the torch”

Nos Galan 2011 – Mystery runner

Shane Williams

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Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery

Tom Jones at Ponty Park

marking his 65th Birthday

The Pearl Fishers at The

Coliseum Theatre

Broken Peace Concert

at the Parc & Dare Theatre

Ya Don’t Stop - Take Part Show

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Going to town

Charming independent boutiques, high

street names and, of course, wonderful

Welsh arts, crafts and gifts can be found

within close distance of each other.


Tom Jones

Green, Green, Grass of Home: This Grogg of Rhondda Cynon Taf's

famous son Sir Tom Jones, courtesy of the world-famous Grogg

Shop in Treforest demonstrates exactly what inspired the legendary

tune! Sir Tom was born and raised in Treforest and carved his

internationally-acclaimed career in the pubs and clubs of Rhondda

Cynon Taf. His heart definitely remains in the valleys and he often

returns to Rhondda Cynon Taf to belt out his world-famous hits

Delilah, It's Not Unusual and, of course, The

Green, Green Grass of Home.


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Going to town

Each of our towns has its own

distinct history and atmosphere.

To the south, the steep, cobbled

streets of Llantrisant are lined with

quirky fashion boutiques and

magical toy shops while, just down

the road, the Talbot Green Retail

Park boasts fantastic high street

brand shopping.

The Rhondda has many welcoming

towns including Tonypandy, Porth,

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Treorchy and Ferndale, where you

can enjoy shopping and are

guaranteed a warm welcome and a

gossip with the locals in the

traditional cafes that have been

passed down through generations.

Aberdare and Pontypridd boast a

great range of shops, as well as

traditional and modern places to eat

and relax, parks, museums and

theatres.


Enjoy Welsh arts, crafts

and design at the

Cynon Valley Museum

and Rhondda Heritage

Park, both of which

have galleries.

No visit to Rhondda

Cynon Taf would be

complete without

spending time in the

wonderful Grogg

Shop, which produces

the world-famous

ceramics that have

immortalised Welsh

sporting legends,

entertainment heroes

and national icons. A

few of the pictures in

this brochure contain

Groggs – see if you

can spot them!

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Rhondda Heritage Park

Gallery

Local cafe in Pontypridd

Shop Local

Ynysangharad War

Memorial Park

Love Spoons at Cynon Valley

Museum & Gallery Shop

Talbot Green Shopping Park,

Llantrisant

Did you

know?

?

John Hughes made his

first Grogg in 1965 and

has never looked back.

Groggs are unique and

capture the Welsh pride

and humour.

Why not visit the shop

which is just outside

Pontypridd Town Centre

“Shopping in

Llantrisant Old town

is a quaint and

quirky experience.

Great location with

unique shops which

sell that special and

unusual gift”

Becky at Llantrisant Gallery

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good food

and drink

We boast a wonderful cultural

diversity, which is reflected in the food

and drink we serve with a smile!


Cor Meibion Morlais

Whether in lofty cathedrals or the warm atmosphere of

local venues the Morlais always aim to deliver the highest

standards of music-making, and are equally keen to let off

steam afterwards, singing purely for fun, but always still in

rich harmony.

Why not watch a rehearsal at the Morlais Hall, Ferndale

which has been recently converted into a first class concert

venue (Rehearsals Tuesdays & Fridays 7.30pm – 9.00pm)

www.cor-meibion-morlais.org.uk


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Good food and drink

The influx of Italian immigrants

generated a rise in the café culture in

the Valleys, with cafes, fish and chip

shops and ice-cream parlours still

run by families today, offering

delicious produce and a wonderful

warm welcome.

Our independent restaurants and

pubs serving home-cooked,

authentic Welsh meals with a mouthwatering

twist are superb, or you can

treat yourself to fine dining in our

country house hotels, such as Miskin

Manor and Ty Newydd.

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There is an array of wonderful pubs

that serve hearty menus and many

are accredited under the national

Best Bar None scheme to ensure they

offer a great social experience for

all.

Small local breweries have made

their own delicious beers, ales and

ciders, while the award-winning

Penderyn Distillery, nestled in the

foothills of the Brecon Beacons and a

visitor experience in itself, produces

whisky that has won awards over its

Scottish and Irish cousins!


One of the best ways to

taste a slice of Welsh life

is at the farmers’

markets that are held

regularly and food

festivals such as the Big

Welsh Bite. Here you

can enjoy cheeses,

meats including Welsh

Black Beef, home-made

pies, cakes, breads,

ales, ciders and more.

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Penderyn Whisky

Welsh Cakes at the Rhondda

Heritage Park Cafe

Kitchen in Alfreds Restaurant,

Pontypridd

Bar at the Bowlplex,

Nantgarw

French Market Stall

Quality Local Butchers in

Mountain Ash

Did you

know?

?

Penderyn Single Malt

Whisky launched on

St David’s Day, 1st

March 2004. A visit

to the Visitor Centre &

Gift shop in Penderyn

should not be missed.

“Our visitors tell us that they

love seeing and sampling

local foods ~ we have been

delighted to offer home made

dishes using the freshest local

produce on our menus and

for visitors to take away and

enjoy at home”

Nicola at the Rhondda Heritage Park

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Map of Rhondda Cynon taf

Highlighting thing to see and do

and places to stay

1

Brecon

Beacons

3

Abergavenny

A470 A470 A470

Penderyn Penderyn Penderyn

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2

Merthyr Merthyr Merthyr

Tydfil Tydfil Tydfil

4

Neath

Valley

A4059 A4059

5

Culture

Hirwaun Hirwaun Hirwaun

Parks

A4059 A4059

Attractions

7

Aberdare Aberdare Aberdare

1

4

Accommodation

2

1

4

6

7

18

Activities

8

A4059

A4059

A4233 A4233

8

Blaenrhondda

Blaenrhondda

Blaenrhondda

Mountain Mountain Mountain Ash Ash Ash

9

Cwmanam Cwmanam Cwmaman

2

Treherbert Treherbert Treherbert

6

Blaencwm Blaencwm Blaencwm

A470 A470 A470

A4059 A4059

Ferndale Ferndale Ferndale

Treorchy Treorchy Treorchy

Rhondda Rhondda Rhondda

3

Abercynon Abercynon Abercynon

A4107

A4107

Penrhys Penrhys Penrhys

16

A4061 A4061 A4058

A4058

A4107 A4107

13

Ynysybwl Ynysybwl Ynysybwl


Pontyclun

Pontyclun

Pontyclun

Talbot Green

Talbot Green

Talbot Green

Llantrisant

Llantrisant

Llantrisant

Cardiff

Cardiff

Cardiff

Church

Church

Village

Village

Church

Village

Pontypridd

Pontypridd

Pontypridd

Caerphilly

Caerphilly

Caerphilly

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay

Tonyrefail

Tonyrefail

Tonyrefail

Tonypandy

Tonypandy

Tonypandy

Porth

Porth

Porth

3

5

4

6

3

5

4

1

2

5

6

4

1

2

3

5

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

17

10

11

12

14

15

16

17

18

19

A470

A470

A470

A48

A48

A48

A4232

A4232

A4232

A48

A48

A48

A470

A470

A470

35

M4

M4

M4

M4

M4

M4

M4

M4

M4

M4

M4

M4

32

33

34

A4119

A4118

A4119

A4233 A4233

A4058

A473

A473

A4058

A4225 A4058

A422

A4119A4119

A4232

A4232

A48

A468

A4054

A4061

A4093

A4054

A4050

A470

A469

A4161

A4234

A469

A469

A4061

A4119

A4118

A4119

A4233 A4233

A4058

A473

A473

A4058

A4225 A4058

A422

A4119A4119

A4232

A4232

A48

A468

A4054

A4061

A4093

A4054

A4050

A470

A469

A4161

A4234

A469

A469

A4061

Bridgend & Swansea

Newport

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Accommodation

Maesyronnen Bed &

Breakfast

Ystradfellte, Aberdare,

CF44 9JE

01639 722343

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1 2 3

Ty Newydd Country

Hotel

Penderyn Rd, Hirwaun,

Aberdare, CF44 9SX

01685 813433

tynewyddcountryhotel.co.uk

Cynon Valley Cottage

Halt Rd, Rhigos, Aberdare,

CF44 9UW. (OS. SN92507)

01403 264641

cyat.co.uk

4 5 6

Marquis Inn

Bute Villa, Aberdare,

CF44 0SX

01685 875822

Fifth Avenue Guest

House

Lower Halt Road, Aberdare,

CF44 9UP.

01685 819914

fifthavenuehouse.co.uk

7 8 9

Heritage Park Hotel

Coed Cae Road, Trehafod,

Nr Pontypridd, CF37 2NP

01443 687057

heritageparkhotel.co.uk

Premier Inn, Aberdare

Riverside Retail Park, Cwmbach,

Aberdare, CF44 0AH

0870 850 6388

premierinn.com

10 11 12

Ceffyl Cottage

Plas y Ceffyl, Cefn Lane,

Pontypridd, CF37 3AL

01443 400163

ceffylcottage.co.uk

Beili Helyg

Cwm Cadlan, Penderyn,

Aberdare, CF44 0YJ

01685 813609

walkingwalesholidays.co.uk

Dare Valley Country Park

Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 7RG

01685 874672

darevalleycountrypark.co.uk

Falcon Inn

1 Incline Row, Cwmaman,

Aberdare, CF44 6LU

01685 873758

thefalcon.co.uk

The Mount Guest House

41 Lan Park Road, Pontypridd,

CF37 2DL

01443 401238

themountguesthouse.com


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Llechwen Hall Hotel

Llanfabon, Pontypridd,

CF37 4HP

01443 742050

llechwenhall.co.uk

Central Guest House

Stow Hill, Treforest, Pontypridd,

CF37 1RZ

07815 916581

centralguesthouse.co.uk

16 17 18

Premier Inn, Llantrisant

Budget Hotel

Gwaun Elai, Magden Park,

Llantrisant, CF72 8LL

0870 111 2814

premierinn.com

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Miskin Manor

Pendoylan Rd, Groesfaen,

Llantrisant, CF72 8ND

01443 224204

miskin-manor.co.uk

The Stables at Brook

House

Rhiwseason Rd, Cross Inn,

Llantrisant, CF72 8NZ

01443 228526

thestablesllantrisant.co.uk

Glamorgan Court

University of Glamorgan,

Treforest, Pontypridd,

CF37 1DL

01443 482002

glamorganconference

services.co.uk

The Countryman

Trinant Fishery, Llantrisant,

CF72 8DH

01443 231935

the-countryman-inn.co.uk

Did you

know?

?

The village of Cilfynydd north of

Pontypridd has produced not

one, but two world famous opera

singers. Sir Geraint Evans was a

bass, and Stuart Burrows a tenor,

the finest light tenor of his time.

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Attractions

Rhondda Heritage Park

Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed

Cae Rd, Trehafod, Pontypridd,

CF37 2NP

01443 682036

www.rhonddaheritagepark.com

1 2

3 4

The Grogg Shop &

Museum

Broadway, Treforest, Pontypridd,

CF37 1BH

01443 405001

www.groggs.co.uk

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Pontypridd Museum

Bridge Street, Pontypridd,

CF37 4PE

01443 490748

Pit Pony Sanctuary

Forest Uchaf Farm, Maendy Rd,

Penycoedcae, Nr Pontypridd, CF37 1PS

01443 480327

www.visitpitponies.co.uk


Nantgarw China

Works Museum

Nantgarw House, Tyla

Gwyn, Nantgarw, CF15 7TB

01443 841703

5 6

7 8

Penderyn Whisky

Distillery Visitor Centre

Penderyn, Hirwaun,

CF44 0SX

01685 810651

www.welsh-whisky.co.uk

Llantrisant Gallery

The Bull Ring, Llantrisant,

CF72 8EP

01443 238884

www.llantrisantgallery.com

Cynon Valley Museum

& Gallery

Depot Rd, Gadlys,

Aberdare, CF44 8DL

01685 886729

www.cvmg.co.uk

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Activities

1 2 3

Taff Valley Quad Bike

& Activity Centre

Cwrt y Celyn Farm, Upperboat,

Pontypridd, CF37 5BJ

029 20 831 658

www.adventurewales.co.uk

Greenmeadow Farm

Dare Valley Country Park,

Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 7DT

01685 874961

www.netupandgo.com/

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Milestone Activities

47 Hillcrest, Brynna, Pontyclun,

CF72 9SJ

01443 224117

www.milestoneactivities.co.uk

4 5 6

Aberdare Golf Club

Abernant, Aberdare,

CF44 0RY

01685 871188

www.aberdaregolfclub.co.uk

Rockwood Riding Centre

Craig yr Allt, Caerphilly,

CF83 1NF

029 20 866 281

7 8 9

Pontypridd Golf Club

Ty Gwyn Rd, Pontypridd,

CF37 4AA

01443 409904

www.pontypriddgolfclub.co.uk

Mountain Ash Golf Club

The Avenue, Cefn Pennar,

Mountain Ash, CF45 4DT

10 11 12

Llantrisant &

Pontyclun Golf Club

Lanelay Rd, Talbot Green,

Llantrisant, CF72 8AP

01443 224601

www.llantrisantgolfclub.co.uk

Talygarn Equestrian

Centre

Talygarn, Pontyclun, CF72 9JZ

01443 225107

www.talygarnec.co.uk

Ty Draw Farm Riding

Stables

Ty Draw Farm, Balencwm,

Treorchy, CF42 5DW

01443 778028

www.tydrawfarm.com

Rhondda Golf Club

Golf House, Pontygwaith,

Ferndale, CF43 3PW

01443 441384

www.rhonddagolf.co.uk

Bowlplex

Parc Nantgarw Nantgarw,

Rhondda Cynon Taf CF15 7QX

01443 844944

www.bowlplex.co.uk


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Pirate Island Indoor

Playcentre

Taff Business Centre, Treforest

Ind. Estate, CF37 5UA

01443 844700

16 17

Eskimo Joe’s

Unit 46 Gelli Industrial Est.

Gelli, RCT, CF41 7UW

01443 441514

Culture

1 2

The Coliseum Theatre

Mount Pleasant Street,

Aberdare, CF44 8NG

08000 147 111

www.rct-arts.co.uk

4 5

Muni Arts Centre

Gelliwastad Rd, Pontypridd,

CF37 2DP

08000 147 111

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Rumble in the Jungle

Unit 5, Cambrian Industrial

Park, Clydach Vale, Tonypandy,

CF40 2XX

01443 433033

Tiny Tumblers

Main Road, Church Village,

CF38 1RL

01443 208000

www.tinytumblers.co.uk

Cwmaman Institute

Alice Place, Cwmaman,

Aberdare, CF44 6NY

01685 876003

cwmamaninstitute.com

Showcase Cinema

Heol yr Odyn, Parc

Nantgarw, CF15 7GX

0871 220 1000

showcasecinemas.co.uk

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Jolly Jesters

Unit 17 Ely Valley Business Park East,

Station Terrace

Pontyclun, CF72 9DZ

01443 228111

www.jollyjestersplaycentre.co.uk

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Fizzz Playcentre

Fizzz Softplay, Unit 30 Aberaman

Ind. Est., Aberdare, CF44 6DA.

01685 268119

www.fizzzsoftplay.co.uk

3

Park & Dare Theatre

Station Rd, Treorchy,

CF42 6NL

08000 147 111

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6

The Factory

Welsh Hills Works, Jenkin

Street, Porth, CF39 9PP

01443 687080

www.factoryporth.com

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Parks

1

Aberdare Park

Hirwaun Road, Trecynon,

Aberdare

4

Ynysangharad War

Memorial Park

Bridge Street, Pontypridd,

CF37 4PE

01443 404699

Guides

Griffin Guiding

07974 678405

www.griffinguiding.co.uk

Trails

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Barry Sidings

Countryside Park

Gyfeillon Road, Trehafod,

Pontypridd

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Clydach Vale Countryside

Park & Cambrian

Lakeside Cafe

Cambrian Ind. Est, Clydach Vale,

CF40 2XX • 01443 442705

www.cwmclydach.org

Martins Walks

01685 811949

www.martinswalks.com

Dare Valley

Country Park

Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 7RG

01685 874672

www.darevalleycountrypark.co.uk

Roam Wales

Sightseeing Tours

of South Wales

01443 209203

www.roamwales.com

Heritage Trails and Driving Trails

Aberdare, Pontypridd & Llantrisant

A series of three town centre walks which will take you on a journey

through the area stopping off at historic places and Blue Plaque points. For

more information please visit www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk

A driving tour of the historic places within Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Walks in Clydach Vale • Tel: 01443 420903

A selection of four trails ranging from 2.4 miles to 6.8 miles. These self

guided walks explore the countryside around Clydach Vale.


Taff Trail Tel: 01443 400563

Part of the National Cycle Network (Lon Las Cymru).

This long-distance community route is a largely

surfaced level path following former railways.

Waymarked and in OS Explorer map 151 and 166

Glamorgan Ridgeway Way Tel: 01443 400563

This 27-mile route along the southern edge of the South

Wales Coalfield offers panoramic views of the rugged narrow

valleys and the Brecon Beacons to the north, and across the

Vale to the Bristol Channel to the south, with Devon and

Somerset beyond.

Pontypridd Circular walk Tel: 01443 400563

A 12-mile circuit in the hills around Pontypridd. The waymarked walk

passes through ancient woods, open common, moorland, farmland

and pasture, crossing the rivers Taff and Rhondda. It climbs to

panoramic vantage points for views across the valleys to the sea and to

the Brecon Beacons.

The Tramroad Walk Tel: 01443 400563

1.5 miles Maesycoed Pontypridd to Trehafod. A linear walk

along an historic tramroad, level surfaced path suitable for

pushchairs/wheelchairs.

Cwm Hafod Walk Tel: 01443 400563

This waymarked, circular walk is about 1.5 miles. It starts

at the Rhondda Heritage Park and climbs steeply to view

points overlooking the lower Rhondda.

Cynon Trail Tel: 01443 400563

NCN no. 478, Abercynon (S) to Penderyn (N). Part of the

National Cycle Network. Community Route, mainly

surfaced level path following former railways. Suitable for

walking, cycling and disabled users.

Dare Valley Country Park - Trails

A series of walks which range from an easy stroll to a more

strenuous route up to the top of the glacial cwm.

Waymarked.

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Visiting and Getting Around

Car

Rhondda Cynon Taf is easily accessible from the M4 motorway (Junction

32, 34 & 35), and the A470 and A465 (Heads of the Valleys Road)

Traffic information updates are available on www.traffic-wales.com

Public Transport

Cardiff Wales Airport

Tel: 08712 820661

www.tbicardiffairport.com

Traveline Cymru

For up to date information of

travelling across Wales.

Tel: 0871 200 2233

www.traveline-cymru.info

(or download the free Traveline

iPhone app)

Tourist Information Centres

Pontypridd Tourist Information Centre

Pontypridd Museum, Bridge Street

Pontypridd, CF37 4PE

Tel: 01443 490748

Rhondda Heritage Park, Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery and Dare Valley

Country Park have an extensive range of brochures available.

Or simply visit www.destinationrct.co.uk for information on what to

see and do.

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National Rail Enquiries

Tel: 0845 748 4950

www.nationalrail.co.uk

Arriva Trains Wales

www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk


Whilst every effort has been made to ensure

accuracy in this publication, the publishers can

accept no liability whatsoever for any errors,

inaccuracies or omissions, or for any matter in any

way connected with or arising out of the

publication of the information.

Rhondda Cynon Taf - Strategy, PR & Tourism

The Pavilions, Cambrian Park,

Clydach Vale, Tonypandy

CF40 2XX

Tel: 01443 424052

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tourismenquiry@rctcbc.gov.uk

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