Cyfarthfa Castle was built in 1824 and is an impressive monument to the Industrial Revolution. Once a Regency mansion, it now houses a magnificent museum and art gallery. The basement atmospherically recalls over 3,000 years of history in this important Welsh town, whilst the restored upper floors are a grand setting for the art displays and the eclectic collections from the ancient world. The castle is set in 160 acres of parkland great for walking or admiring the formal gardens, sweeping lawns and lake. There is also a lovley children's playground and a model railway.
This fabulous narrow guage railway actually starts at Dowlais Top in Merthyr Tydfil. It runs from Pant station, past the Taf Fechan reservoir, winding its'way to the Brecon Beacons national park it runs alongside the pontsticill reservoir where you can get off and admire the scenery or go for a walk and catch a later train back.
At the main station (Pant) you will find a Restaurant, Shop, Toilets and Booking Office there are facilities for disabled visitors including a ramp up to the platform where they can board a railway carriage designed to carry wheelchairs. Refreshments and toilet facilities can also be found at the stop in Pontsticill.
Cyfarthfa Castle was built by William Crawshay, the Ironmaster, in 1824. It is a grand castellated mansion which overlooked the ironworks. It is now a school and museum/art gallery.Entrance to the museum is free. Photography is not allowed except in designated places.
There is TEAROOM , quite small, that serves lunches until 3pm, but tea until later. Tea for two and two welshcakes cost us £2.70.
Leading down from the tearoom, originally the Fernery, is the Basement which was originally the wine and storage cellars. Now it houses the Merthyr Story, an exhibition of 3000 years of Merthyr Tydfil history. Other rooms show typical Welsh furnishings, and there are many portraits of the Crawshay family on the walls. Museum Exhibits vary from fossils and minerals, Instruments, Egyptian masks, Hindu figurines and various china pieces.
A tour will not take long.
Then walk around the park with views of the Brecon Beacons, the viaduct, and enjoy the gardens. The lake is now enjoyed by fishermen
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The Red Cow Inn is situated just North of Merthyr Tydfil in the picturesque village of Pontsticill. It is a great country pub with a lovely roaring fire in the winter and outside seating with great mountain views in the summer. We called in on a cold winters day & were really glad of the warmth provided by the open fire. They serve home cooked hearty meals here. I had the corned beef pie with chips and peas - I was a little disappointed as the pie was a bit tasteless. I would eat here again but would opt for the home made curries which looked quite nice.
The Butchers arms is a Great Country pub situated just North of Merthyr Tydfil in the hillside village of Pontsicill. The views of the mountains from the car park are outstanding. It is a lovely cosy pub which serves great wholesome home cooked meals. I was recommended the Chicken madras and was not disappointed at all. It wasn't too spicy. more like a medium curry - it was delicious and was served with basmatic rice and chips. The beef and onion pie looked great and the meat was tender and tasty. The owners were really friendly and the service was excellent. Just to make our visit complete there was a lovely roaring log fire in the bar area.
Favorite Dish: The Chicken Madras - worth going back for!!
The Castle tearoom was created with the intention of providing an excellent place to eat while visiting the Museum and art gallery. It is situated in what was the old Fernery. Houseplants were placed there to thrive under the glass sunroof. The tearoom has a victorian flavour and you are made most welcome.
Favorite Dish: All I had was a pot of tea and a Welsh cake for a total of £1-35 and the pot made two cups..
There is a few clubs in merthyr Tydfil, a top site for showing you the clubs is www.valleynation.com/Clubbing-in-Merthyr.html displays the two main nightclubs on here.... If your interested in knowing whats going on in merthyr from whos playing where (djs etc) and when then try www.valleynation.com/Whats-on-Merthyr.html again all the latest news....
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The only time that I have ever been to Merthyr Tydfil was a very long time ago to watch my local Football team, Evesham United play Merthyr Tydfil. As it was such a long time ago I cant really remember a great deal about the place.
Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.