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The Valleys of South Wales

Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle (Photo: Not So Big Media)

The South Wales Valleys lie just north of Cardiff and were at the centre of the industrial revolution. Merthyr Tydfil became Wales's largest town thanks to the iron industry whilst the great coalfields fuelled the growth of Cardiff.

Caerphilly is a county borough of Wales formed in 1996 and is just north of Cardiff. Named after the county's main town of Caerphilly which is famous for its Castle and cheese.


Town Centre, Caerphilly

Caerphilly is located north of Cardiff on the other side of Caerphilly Mountain and is just a short rail journey from the centre of the city. Dwarfed by the famous Castle which lies at its centre, it is a small and popular commuter town.

Free Information Centre: Merthyr Tydfil (Town Centre)

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Merthyr Tydfil Tourist Information Centre

Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil. CF47 8AN • (01685) 727492

Merthyr Tydfil, one of the most historically fascinating and beautiful regions of Wales is ideally placed between Brecon Beacons National Park and Cardiff the Welsh capital. With a fifth of the County Borough lying within the Breacon Beacons National Park Merthyr Tydfil boasts some dramatic and breathtaking scenary.

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Food Museums and Art Galleries: Rhondda (Pontypridd)

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Rhondda Heritage Park

Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Rd, Trehafod, Rhondda. CF37 2NP • (01443) 682036

A living testament to the mining communities of the world famous Rhondda Valleys, the Park offers a fascinating insight into the rich culture and character of the South Wales Valleys in a unique, entertaining and educational environment for all ages.

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