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Pontypool
Travel Guide

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Pontypool is a town on the Afon Lwyd River, in the county borough of Torfaen, but historically part of Monmouthshire.

Conveniently located halfway between Abergavenny and Newport, and a stone’s throw from the city delights of Cardiff and the natural sights of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The iron industry was historically of great importance to the town, with the Hanbury family being responsible for much of its development since the 16th Century. Their former family seat was Pontypool Park, a grand manor house with grounds stretching over 150 acres. In 1920 the park entered public ownership, and since then has become a focal point for leisure activities in the town.

Rugby is a very popular sport here, as it is in the rest of Wales, and the town boasts several teams, most notably Pontypool RFC, established in 1870, who play at Pontypool Park.

Pontypool Park is an important hub for other sports and leisure in the town, and has swimming and gym facilities, tennis courts, netball courts, a bowling green, a pitch and putt course, and a children’s play area, as well as the oldest dry skiing slope in Wales.

The town also has its own golf club and other courses within easy reach in the surrounding area.

Pontypool offers a useful selection of shops, from small independent traders to large multinational chains. The recently refurbished Pontypool Indoor Market was built in 1894, and to this day remains a vibrant shopping area, with a wide selection of local traders selling everything from hot and cold meals and drinks to fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, flowers, books, clothes, and much more.

Pontypool has a good range of restaurants, cafes and pubs, including traditional fish and chip shops, takeaways, cafes, upmarket gastro pubs and restaurants serving fresh local produce.

Pontypool Museum is located in a Georgian stable block in Pontypool Park, and gives visitors an insight into the region’s industrial and cultural history. It also features regular exhibitions of local artists’ work, and is home to the Dobell-Moseley Library and Archive, a resource for those conducting research into the local area.

Blaenavon lies a short distance along the A465 from Pontypool, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring one of the best preserved 18th Century ironworks in the whole of Europe, and the Big Pit Mining Museum.

Where to stay in Pontypool

Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel
Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel
3 out of 5
Lower Mill Field, Pontypool, Wales
The price is £41 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in the heart of Pontypool, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Pontypool Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Llanfrechfa Grange ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (359 reviews)
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"Great staff in reception. Room warm on arrival which was pleasant. Takeaways (kfc and McDonalds) just out the car park which was great in current Covid scenario. Good shower. Would definitely recommend."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2021

Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel
Ty Pont
Ty Pont
3.5 out of 5
35 Oxford Street, Griffithstown, Pontypool, Wales
Situated in Pontypool, this holiday home is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Pontypool Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital ...
Ty Pont
Oakfield B&B
Oakfield B&B
3 out of 5
1 Oakfield Terrace, Varteg Road, Pontypool, Wales
The price is £75 per night from 6 Jul to 6 Jul
Situated in Pontypool, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Blaenavon Ironworks and Big Pit National Coal Museum. Brecon Beacons National Park and Pontypool ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Outstanding hosts who went above and beyond to assist me as I arrived early. Room was clean, comfortable, had an excellent shower and overall was a very enjoyable experience. The breakfast was lovely. Safe parking behind and the B&B location made for a quick 5 minute walk into Blaenavon. An exemplary ..."

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Oakfield B&B
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
4 out of 5
37 The Walk, Cardiff, Wales
The price is £71 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Roath, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Capitol Shopping Centre, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff Castle. Principality Stadium ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
A++++
"Lovely apartment, nice and clean, good night's sleep and great communication"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
4 out of 5
Midland Way Apartments, Building 8 Thornbury Office Park, Bristol, England
The price is £98 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Situated in the shopping district, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Thornbury Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of Southmead Hospital and Aztec ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
Recommend if you want a getaway
"Smooth check in upon arrival. Just be sure to check ur junk mail for check in details as it’s self check in, I almost missed the check in instructions. Pro: Apartment was clean, they had good quality and clean kitchen essentials such as clean over trays, ceramic oven dish, plates, pots and pans, ..."

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
James Place @ Dowlais
James Place @ Dowlais
3 out of 5
The price is £75 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (45 reviews)
"Perfect accommodation. The host was so friendly and helpful. Would love to stay again."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

James Place @ Dowlais
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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