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Pontypridd
Travel Guide

Located about 12 miles north of Cardiff, the town of Pontypridd is in a great central location if you want to explore all that South Wales has to offer.

Affectionately known as ‘Ponty’ by the locals, this lush green getaway is just a short drive from the nearest airport and train station.

Expect to enjoy some local history in Pontypridd, as well as some relaxing walks in the Taff and Rhondda valleys. With family friendly activities and extreme sports on offer, as well as an annual music festival, Pontypridd has something for everyone.

Pontypridd is famous for its Old Bridge. Built in 1756 by William Edwards, a local stonemason, it scales the River Taff. What makes this arched construction particularly interesting is that it is a segment of a perfect circle — at one time it was the widest single arch bridge in the world. What’s less well known is that Edwards needed four attempts to build it — the first three collapsed! Fourth time lucky, the Old Bridge is still standing nearly 250 years later and is now a Grade I listed structure.

Cross the Old Bridge and dive into Pontypridd's past at the nearby Pontypridd Museum. Stuffed with character, this small museum is a treasure trove of fascinating local history. Learn about Pontypridd’s mining community and the factory industries that sprung up during the Industrial Revolution. And for the kids, head upstairs, where there’s a miniature model of the old Pontypridd railway station, complete with moving trains.

If you fancy something a little more vigorous, you’ll definitely want to head the Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre. Great fun for everyone, this family run centre prides itself on ensuring that everyone has a good time, regardless of their age. It even has a dedicated children’s course. And quad biking isn’t all — here you can try archery, clay pigeon shooting and for the real thrill-seekers, head to the cliffs in the nearby Brecon Beacons for a guided gorge walk.

To celebrate the height of the summer, Pontypridd hosts an annual music festival, Ponty’s Big Weekend. Head along for two days jam-packed with all the latest musical acts, with big British names headlining as well as some local talent in support. Popular with the younger generation, this is a great weekend to visit Wales and set your visit off to a lively start.

While you’re here it’d be a shame to turn up the opportunity to try some of the region’s exceptional local ales and ciders in one of Pontypridd’s many taverns. Some good no-frills pubs are located here and you’re certain to find somewhere for you. And, without giving too much away, you might even discover a pub with its own brewery on the premises.

With so much great stuff going on, don’t waste a moment — book yourself a trip to Pontypridd today.

Heritage Park Hotel & Leisure Club
Heritage Park Hotel & Leisure Club
3 out of 5
Trehafod, Pontypridd, Wales
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £50 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in Pontypridd, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rhondda Valley and within 9 miles (15 km) of The Royal Mint Experience and Treharris Park. Caerphilly ...
4.2/5Excellent! (195 reviews)
Hidden Gem
"Very pleasant staff, clean, quite and would stay again. would like to have experienced the Loft restaurant, but the lock down situation prevented that"

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2021

Heritage Park Hotel & Leisure Club
Central Guest House
Central Guest House
4 out of 5
Stow Hill, Pontypridd, Wales
The price is £80 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Situated in Pontypridd, this bed & breakfast is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Rhondda Valley and within 9 miles (15 km) of Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch (Red Castle). ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (100 reviews)
Amazing place
"I loved my stay at Central Guest House.Here is what I liked. - Clean and tidy; - Lounge space with tea/coffee corner with provision for herbal/specialty tea. I usually use my own teabags as I like a strong blend but I didn't need to have bothered. The guest house had a brand that was good enough. ..."

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Central Guest House
Llechwen Hall Hotel
Llechwen Hall Hotel
3 out of 5
Llanfabon, Pontypridd, Wales
The price is £80 per night from 4 Jun to 4 Jun
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Treharris Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Parc Penallta. Rhondda Valley and Bargoed Woodland Park ...
4.2/5Very Good! (181 reviews)
Lovely hotel but more choices would make it better
"The hotel itself is lovely as at least but the menu is very limited and never changes- this becomes boring when staying most weeks"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

Llechwen Hall Hotel
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.
Hafod Ganol Farm - Six Bedroom House, Sleeps 13
Hafod Ganol Farm - Six Bedroom House, Sleeps 13
Hafod Ganol Farm, Pontypridd, WLS
Situated in Pontypridd, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rhondda Valley and within 9 miles (15 km) of Treharris Park and Parc Penallta. The Royal Mint ...
Hafod Ganol Farm - Six Bedroom House, Sleeps 13
4 Bedroom House in Pontypridd
4 Bedroom House in Pontypridd
5 Rickard Street, Pontypridd, WLS
Situated in Pontypridd, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Rhondda Valley and within 9 miles (15 km) of Caerphilly Castle and The Royal Mint Experience. ...
4 Bedroom House in Pontypridd
Cefn Lee - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
Cefn Lee - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
Cefn Farm, Pontypridd, WLS
Situated in Pontypridd, this holiday home is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Rhondda Valley and within 9 miles (15 km) of Treharris Park and Parc Penallta. Caerphilly Castle ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Lovely place. Great facilities
"Grest"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2018

Cefn Lee - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
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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Reviews of Pontypridd

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15 Jul 2019

Went there with my daughters football team to play a couple of games over the weekend. Received a warm welcome from everyone.

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21 May 2019

Absolute shit hole

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Apr 2019

Enjoyed my short stay and would definitely stay again

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