Local Information and Places to Visit;

The Brecon Mountain Railway - Steam in superb scenery on one of the most popular Railways in Wales.

Cardiff Castle - Discover 2000 years of history in the heart of the city. From the arrival of the Romans, through the Norman Conquest to lavish Victorian design - all have left their distinctive mark on the Castle

Caerphilly Castle - One of the largest medieval fortresses in Britain, begun in 1268 by the Anglo-Norman marcher lord, Gilbert de Clare. Concentrically planned, the rings of stone and water defences are formidable even today. Famous for its 'leaning tower'. Impressive great hall, now used for various functions

Castell Coch, nr Cardiff - Late nineteenth-century 'fairytale'-style castle, built on medieval remains, designed for the third marquess of Bute by William Burges. Lavishly decorated and furnished in the Victorian Gothic style; a Romantic vision of the Middle Ages

Cyfartha Castle, Merthyr Tydfil - Built in 1825, this grand mansion, set in 160 acres of parkland, has been called 'the most impressive monument of the industrial Iron Age in Southern Wales.' It now houses a superb museum and art gallery, providing a fascinating glimpse into 300 years of history.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Caerphilly - Llancaiach Fawr is a Living History Museum. Step back in time and enter the Manor restored and furnished as it was in 1645 when local allegiances changed from King to Parliament

St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life - St Fagans is one of Europe's leading open–air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house

National Museum Cardiff - Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today it houses Wales’s national archaeology, art, geology and natural history collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.

Big Pit Mining Museum - Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out

Joseph Parry’s Ironworkers Cottage - Number Four Chapel Row is a superb example of a skilled ironworker's cottage. It is also famous as the birthplace of Dr. Joseph Parry, probably Wales' best known musician and composer.

National Waterfromt Museum - The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years

National Roman Legion Museum - In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

The Fire People Walk – Alexander Cordell - Discover the locations featured in Alexander Cordell’s novel ‘The Fire People’. This tour takes you around Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding countryside, highlighting some of the more interesting and accessible locations which feature in Alexander Cordell's famous book The Fire People about the Merthyr Rising of May 1831. The novel features Dic Penderyn the first Welsh martyr of the working class, and describes with great detail life in this nineteenth century town.

The Taff Trail, Brecon to Cardiff - The Taff Trail is a 55 mile/ 93 km way marked route for walkers and cyclists from the market town of Brecon to the City of Cardiff. The Trail links parts of the historic transport network to form a continuous route.

Castle Court Shopping Centre, Caerphilly - Shopping precinct in Caerphilly town centre

Dare Valley Country Park - A local authority run country park in AberdarePark

Hapus Ice Cream Parlour and Visitor Centre – Traditionally made ice cream parlour with play rooms and cafe

Cefn Mabley Farm Park - A visit to Cefn Mably Farm Park provides an increasingly rare opportunity to meet and interact with a large variety of friendly farm animals in any weather and at any time of the year.

Fourteen Locks Canal and Interpretation Centre - a small Canal Interpretation & Education Centre situated at the top of the most unique flight of locks in the country.

The Welsh Craft Shop - At the Welsh Craft Shop you will find a great selection of quality Welsh and Celtic gifts & souvenirs. The Shop, which has been established 18 years, is based opposite the 13th century Caerphilly Castle, in South Wales

The Winding House - The Winding House in New Tredegar is THE museum for the Caerphilly County Borough. Newly opened, with an exciting and varied exhibitions and events programme, fully equipped research room, cafe and shop

Caerphilly Garden Centre - Nestled in between Caerphilly Castle and Castle Coch, with Nantgarw Pottery not too far away. You will find the popular award winning Caerphilly Garden Centre with a lovely licensed restaurant serving delicious home made food and coffees

Blackwood Miners Institute - Blackwood Miners’ Institute is a professional theatre and arts centre in the South Wales Valleys

Cwmcarn Forest Drive - This spectacular 7 mile forest drive is set amongst rolling hills and green forests with 7 car parks to stop at. At the foot of the forest drive is the brand new Visitor Centre, which always has a warm welcome for you. You can find information on walks, cycling activities and other things to do in the area. There is also a gift shop and a cafe with outdoor decking area.

Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery - Discover two hundred years of the valleys history - take an interactive journey through the ‘Footprints through Time’ gallery to see how the lives of the people of the Cynon Valley have changed.

Ferndale Skate Park - Ferndale Skate Park is a charitable organisation which provides skate boarding, roller blading and BMX over indoor ramps. We hire all the equipment you can need and always have friendly staff on hand to help you. With good food and a family atmosphere we have seen parents and grandparents enjoy watching their children develop - all whilst enjoying a quality cup of coffee!

Penderyn Whiskey Distillery - The distillery is the only one in Wales and the first to legally distil a whisky spirit in the country for more than 100 years. This is the first time that members of the public will be able to visit the distillery and experience the distilling and bottling process.

Rhondda Heritage Park Mining Museum – The Rhondda Heritage Park based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod in the world famous Rhondda valleys, is one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales and provides a fun and interesting day out for individuals, groups, school children and students

The Grogg Shop - The World Of Groggs is a unique, family run craft shop, encompassing hand sculpted and painted figurines, based on personalities from the Worlds of sport, rock and pop, cinema and popular culture

The Pit Pony Sanctuary - a registered charity in Wales, providing tender loving care for horses and ponies in need. The Centre has ponies of all shapes and sizes; many came from a background of misery and mistreatment. However, the life on the high pastures soon has their physical condition improved.



PTI Cymru - Traveline Wales, the Public Transport Information Service

Cardiff Airport Parking - The Cardiff Airport parking shop

Arriva Trains Wales - Train company operating throughout South Wales

Megabus – coach company operating to and from Cardiff (mainly London-Cardiff)

National Express Coach Company

Local Bus Company Stagecoach


Local Tourism Associations;

Visit Caerphilly - The local tourism association for Caerphilly borough

Visit Cardiff - The local tourism association for the city of Cardiff

Brecon Beacons Tourism - The local tourism association for the Brecon Beacons

Visit Wales - The Wales Tourist Board, tourism guide to the whole of Wales