Merthyr Tydfil was once a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution and the iron capital of the world. Today it has reinvented itself as a welcoming place for tourists visiting South Wales.

With the fascinating history explore - packed with early Christian martyrs, popular insurrections and industrial heritage - and a location half-way between the cultural attractions of Cardiff and the natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the town has plenty to offer the growing number choosing to stay here.

Historical AttractionsCyfarthfa Park is 158 acres of landscaped grounds situated in the very heart of the town. Once the home of the historical ironmasters of the area, the Crawshay family, today it is open for all to enjoy. With its commanding view over the valley, and the imposing stately home known as Cyfartha Castle at its centre, the park offers something for everyone.

You can see how the other half lived in the stately pile that thinks it’s a castle; explore the grounds on one of its many stunning walks, learn about the industrial heritage of the town in the fascinating Regency rooms that house the museum and take a trip on the miniature steam railway.

There’s more natural beauty and industrial heritage to see if you follow the Taff Trail, a cycling and walking route that takes you through the beautiful countryside of the valleys and the open moorland of Brecon Beacon.

You can choose to cover as much, or as little, of the trail as you fancy: it runs all the way from Cardiff Bay in the south to Brecon in the north. Pick up the trail on the western edge of town and follow the Taff River as you cross the impressive railway viaducts of Cefn Coed and Pontsarn before heading towards the splendours of Pontsticill Reservoir.

Get ActiveAs well as opportunities to walk through the valleys and into Brecon Beacon National Park, Merthyr Tydfil is also a great place to enjoy many other activities.

For those with a head for heights there is climbing in the Rock UK Summit Centre, built on the site of the former Trelewis drift mine.

Closer to the ground there is also BikePark Wales, the UK's first purpose-built mountain biking centre, that can be found in Gethin Woods, just off the A470 on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil.

Less strenuous activities can be enjoyed by those looking to relax and absorb the more tranquil aspects of Merthyr Tydfilin Parc Taf Bargoed and Taf Fechan Nature Reserve.

Get Carried AwayFrom Pant Station you can take a scenic tour that takes you back to the great age of steam trains. With the unmistakable atmosphere created by a steam-driven Iron Horse you will enjoy a gentle trip through the nearby mountains and woodland, passing breathtaking views of reservoirs.

Visit Merthyr TydfilWith the delights of Cardiff and the sublime beauty of the Brecon Beacons at its doorstep, and plenty of activities and history to explore, Merthyr Tydfilmay no longer be the iron capital of the world but it is a delightful tourist centre in South Wales.

Come see for yourself.

Castle Hotel
Castle Hotel
3 out of 5
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The price is £65 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Joseph Parry's Ironworker's Cottage and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Brecon Beacons National Park. ...
3.3/5 (151 reviews)
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Castle Hotel
Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel
Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £89 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Situated in a national park, this spa hotel is 3.6 mi (5.7 km) from Pen y Fan, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Cyfarthfa Park and Museum and Aberdare Park.
4/5 Very Good! (163 reviews)
"We had a great short break at Nant Dudu Lodge during the Autumn Half Term holidays. The hotel was well located in the middle of the Brecon Beacons - only 10 mins drive from Merthyr & close to many great walks. The staff were all really friendly & helpful & made us feel very welcome. The family room ..."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2021

Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel
Llwyn Onn Guest House
Llwyn Onn Guest House
4 out of 5
The price is £85 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this guesthouse is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Brecon Beacons National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Cyfarthfa Park and Museum and Joseph ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (140 reviews)
"Very pleasant staff and very clean nice food"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2021

Llwyn Onn Guest House
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James Place @ Dowlais
James Place @ Dowlais
3 out of 5
The price is £52 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Brecon Mountain Railway, Joseph Parry's Ironworker's Cottage and Cyfarthfa Park ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (54 reviews)
"quirky little place nice and clean ,thats easy to find with handy local takeaways close by"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2021

James Place @ Dowlais
Studios At Glenthorne
Studios At Glenthorne
4 out of 5
The price is £66 per night from 10 Dec to 10 Dec
Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Joseph Parry's Ironworker's Cottage and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Brecon Beacons National ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (86 reviews)
"Clean , good standard and great comms"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2021

Studios At Glenthorne
James Place @ Bike Park Wales and The Brecon Beacons
James Place @ Bike Park Wales and The Brecon Beacons
3.5 out of 5
Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Joseph Parry's Ironworker's Cottage and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Brecon Beacons National Park. ...
James Place @ Bike Park Wales and The Brecon Beacons
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