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Welcome - Croeso Rhondda Heritage Park Museum Heritage Trails in Rhondda Cynon Taf Pit Pony Sanctuary Cynon Valley Museum Family History Pontypridd Museum Dare Valley Country Park Do, Dare Delight Golf Courses Bike & Horse Riding Activity Centre & Guides Walking information Map of Rhondda Cynon Taf Events & Events Calendar Culture Shopping & markets Parks and Bowling The Valleys Useful Information Accommodation

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Welcome – Croeso Rhondda Cynon Taf is a county of contrasts, which makes it an ideal destination for a full or short break in The Valleys, what we like to call the Heart and Soul of Wales. Nestled between the capital city of Wales – Cardiff, and the Brecon Beacons National Park, Rhondda Cynon Taf is a convenient location for a visit to the whole of South Wales. Once the industrial heartland of Great Britain, the valley communities of the County Borough are synonymous throughout the world for their rich heritage and culture of which its residents remain jusitifiably proud. Built on the massive growth of the coal industry during the 19th century, the precious "black gold" laid the foundations for the close-knit and yet diverse communities that exist today. Rhondda Cynon Taf has much to offer, with its stunning rolling hills, valleys, parklands and mountains creeping steadily towards the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. We have developed a number of trails which traverse the county, to suit all abilities and interests or for the more adventurous we have quad biking, gorge walking and much more. Why not play at one of the highest golf clubs in Britain in Penrhys, and take in the stunning landscape whilst enjoying your golf. Our theatres have a variety of exciting shows, which surprise, confound and delight their audiences. The following brochure has information about what Rhondda Cynon Taf has to offer you for your next break. We’ll certainly give you a warm welcome, so make Rhondda Cynon Taf your next destination.

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Rhondda Heritage Park Based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Rhondda Heritage Park is a living testament to the mining communities of the world-famous Rhondda Valleys. The Heritage Park offers a fascinating insight into the rich culture and character of the Rhondda Valleys in a unique, entertaining and educational environment for all ages. Experience what life was like in a working colliery on a guided tour underground. Our tour guides (who are all ex-miners) will guide you through the workings of the Lewis Merthyr Colliery and will answer any visitor questions and contribute their own inimitable anecdotes of life underground. Then, travel back to the surface on a thrilling simulated ride.* On the surface, call into the Visitor Centre where admission is free and you will find an indoor reconstruction of a period village street displaying the domestic and commercial life of the Valleys. Our well-stocked gift shop can also be found here.

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The first floor houses ‘Level One’ – a contemporary gallery space and café . With stunning views of the lower Rhondda Valleys, Level One is a great place to relax over coffee, meet friends for lunch and enjoy the regularly changing programme of exhibitions, exclusive artworks, ceramics and jewellery. For younger visitors the excitement continues at the Energy Zone – an action-packed outdoor play area . A great day out in itself where parents can relax with children in the knowledge that the area is secure at all times. It’s also a great location for birthday parties. Our jam-packed calendar of special events offers new and exciting days out from the annual Vintage Transport Festival to the magical Santa’s Toy Mine, historical talks and family fun days, we’ve something to interest everyone. An ideal venue for meetings, conferences and seminars, Rhondda Heritage Park offers a venue with a difference. Housed in restored colliery buildings our professional conference and catering


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team have carefully selected menus to suit all tastes and budgets. We are always pleased to discuss your catering requests and dietary needs.

Rhondda Heritage Park, Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Rd, Trehafod, CF37 2NP

*Height restrictions apply – persons under 1.1metres are not permitted to ride.

Tel 01443 682036 info@rhonddaheritagepark.com www.rhonddaheritagepark.com

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Heritage Trails in Rhondda Cynon Taf

A number of trails exist in the local area that will help the visitor experience and better appreciate the local heritage. During 2009 and 2010 a range of Blue Plaques have been placed on buildings to recognise local people places and events and these have added to existing sites of interest. On the trails you can visit historic Llantrisant and the remains of its castle; learn about the industrial revolution and the culture that grew around it in Pontypridd; and follow a trail through Aberdare and uncover its historic past.

Or if you prefer these trails are available in print:Heritage Walking Trails Brochures Aberdare Llantrisant Pontypridd Heritage Driving Trails Brochure featuring four routes.

A series of driving trails will enable the visitor to explore the Borough and to follow some routes with fantastic views.

These brochures are available free of charge by calling by calling 01443 490238 or by e-mail toururismenquiry@rctcbc.gov.uk

Pit Pony Sanctuary Forest Uchaf Farm, Maendy Rd, Penycoedcae, Nr Pontypridd, CF37 1PS

The farm is a working small holding and home to the Forest Uchaf and Pony Centre, a registered charity in Wales, providing tender loving care for horses and ponies in need. Come walking and meet he last few Welsh pit ponies.

Tel : 01443 480327 E-mail: info@pitponies.co.uk www.visitpitponies.co.uk

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To find out more visit www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk where routes can be downloaded and more information can be found.


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Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery

Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery is situated on the site of the 19th century Gadlys Ironworks on the outskirts of Aberdare in the south Wales valleys. Why not take a journey through the ‘Footprints through Time’ gallery to discover 200 years of the valley’s social and industrial history and see how the lives of the people of the valley have changed. Explore some of the best in contemporary Welsh art, craft and design through the Space and Innerspace galleries exhibition programme.

Our shop offers an extensive range of craft and design led gifts including jewellery, glass and ceramics. We also stock a large range of art and architecture books, limited edition prints and local history publications. End your visit with a refreshing drink or a freshly prepared meal in the friendly surroundings of the Footprints Café. Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery Depot Road, Gadlys Aberdare. CF44 8DL tel: 01685 886729 email: cvm@rctcbc.gov.uk web: www.cvmg.co.uk

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Family History Our libraries at Aberdare, Pontypridd and Treorchy have dedicated Local History sections. Each Local History section contains family history related resources including: Census returns Local Newspapers Burial Records

Historical Maps Electoral Registers

You can also access Ancestry.com., the world’s largest family history website which is available in all of our libraries. To see a detailed list of family history sources held at Aberdare, Treorchy and Pontypridd visit our website: www.rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk/libraries. For more information e-mail Nick Kelland on: Nick.e.kelland@rctcbc.gov.uk or call on 01685 880060.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail www.rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk /libraries/heritagetrail/index.htm This site provides an essential guide to discovering the rich industrial, social and cultural heritage of Rhondda Cynon Taf, inviting us to discover over 200 years of history.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Photographic Archive www.rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk/photos Over 28,000 images are available on this site that illustrate all aspects of life in the area from around 1880 to the present day thse are taken from the collections held by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Libraries. 8

Route to Your Roots Designed as a one-stop online resource for people beginning to research the history of their family, house or community within Rhondda Cynon Taf. The website highlights some of the key resources available to the first time researcher and where and how to access them. The Route to Your Roots web resource initiative is a partnership project between Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s Library & Museum Service and the Glamorgan Record Office and was sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government.

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Pontypridd Museum Pontypridd is the market town for the valleys of mid Glamorgan. Although it is not an old town it has an interesting history and many features which are valued by residents and visitors alike. The museum building was a Tabernacl chapel, built in 1861 to the design of its minister, Edward Roberts. Rebuilt in 1910 at the height of the town’s prosperity, the interior has an exceptionally fine ceiling and art nouveau stained glass. The woodwork is pine from Russia and Poland, a reminder of the international trade created by the coal

industry. The pipe organ is still used for concerts. There is a permanent exhibition on the history of the town and a variety of temporary exhibitions. The museum also has a Tourist Information Centre. Open Mon.- Sat. 10.00-5.00. Pontypridd Museum, Bridge Street, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE Tel 01443 490748 e-mail: enquiries@pontypriddmuseum.org.uk

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Dare Valley Country Park

At Dare Valley Country Park, just outside the market town of Aberdare, you will find a beautiful, mature and varied landscape, full of wildlife, character and interest.

cutting machinery in Britain. In 1973, the 500 acre site became the first country park in Britain to have been created, largely, from the spoil tips of mineral exploitation.

This fine example of a former glaciated valley is the epitome of a changing landscape. The impressive rock face, at its head, is the haunt of peregrine falcons. Viewing platforms in woodland below provide a glimpse of another world, filled with birdsong and the rugged beauty of this natural amphitheatre.

This rich heritage is explained in the bright displays in the information centre where a bird viewing area shows live action on the busy bird table outside.

From its depths, Dare Valley once yielded the finest steam coal in Europe, and employed the first mechanised coal

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The visitor centre complex also comprises a well-appointed, three-star hotel; a popular cafeteria noted for its freshlyprepared food and welcoming atmosphere; an exhibition gallery; two fully-equipped seminar rooms and a new reception area with conservatory lounge.


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Outdoor Education facilities and Environmental Education services are also based at Dare Valley Country Park.

Dare Valley Country Park, Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 7RG

Activities for families include a playground for young children, a new adventure playground for older children, a fitness trail for active teenagers and orienteering courses for families and organised groups.

e-mail darevalleycountrypark@rctcbc.gov.uk

Tel 01685 874672

www.darevalleycountrypark.co.uk

If you can’t see it in a one-day visit, then bring your tent or caravan and stay in our newly-extended, three-star Touring Caravan and Camping fields. Make Dare Valley your centre for exploring this remarkable region.

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Do, Dare, Delight Archery Try your hand at archery and let our trained staff point your arrow in the right direction. Archery lessons available for adults and children. Climbing Wall New for 2010, the Highline Extreme mobile climbing wall offers both the first time climber and the more experienced an exhilarating challenge. At 9 metres tall, the Highline is one of the tallest in the UK. It boasts a unique ice climbing facility and thousands of route combinations including 2 overhang climbs. Cycling Take in the sights and sounds of the Valley on one of our cycle tours. You will be kitted out with your own personally adjusted bike and safety gear.

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Walking Take some time out from the crowd and follow one of our walking trails, we have trails aimed at most abilities. And for our younger guests‌ Pond Dipping Come and see what lurks beneath the surface of our pond - meet our minibeasts from the deep! All the equipment you need will be provided just bring yourself and your curiosity! Mystical Trail Follow our mystical trail around the wooded hillside. See if you can solve the puzzle and release the woodland animals from the evil spell of Dewin Du.


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Watch the birdie

It’s a Welsh speciality. Golf played on a friendly, unstuffy course. Great-value golf played in the true spirit of the game. Wales hosts the Ryder Cup this year. Bring your clubs to Rhondda Cynon Taf and find out why the world is waking up to Welsh golf. Aberdare Golf Club Abernant, Aberdare, CF44 0RY  01685 871188  sec.agc@tiscali.co.uk www.aberdaregolfclub.co.uk 18 holes • 5875 yds • Par 69

Pontypridd Golf Club Ty Gwyn Rd, Pontypridd, CF37 4AA  01443 409904  sonja.mcfadden@pontypriddgolfclub.co.uk www.pontypriddgolfclub.co.uk 18 Holes• 5596 yds • Par 69

Llantrisant & Pontyclun Golf Club Lanelay Rd, Talbot Green, Llantrisant, CF72 8AP  01443 224601 www.llantrisantgolfclub.co.uk 18 Holes • 5185yds • Par 68

Rhondda Golf Club Golf House, Pontygwaith, Ferndale, CF43 3PW  01443 441384  rhonddagolf@aol.com www.rhonddagolf.co.uk 18 Holes • 6063 yds • Par 70

Mountain Ash Golf Club The Avenue, Cefn Pennar, Mountain Ash, CF45 4DT  01443 479459  sec@mountainashgc.co.uk www.mountainashgc.co.uk 18 holes • 5553 yds •Par 69

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Bike Hire & Horse Riding Talygarn Equestrian Centre Talygarn, Pontyclun, CF72 9JZ 01443 225107 www.talygarnec.co.uk

Heritage Cycle Hire Heritage Cycle Hire is a community project based in the Rhondda Heritage Park. We have a range of cycles to suit various abilities including all terrain mountain bikes, with different routes mapped out which can cater for either an hours gentle cycle or a full day excursion.

Greenmeadow Farm within Dare Valley Country Park, Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 7DT 01685 874961 www.netupandgo.com/greenmeadow

From as little as: £2.50 per hour, £7.00 Half Day & £12.00 Full Day. Helmets are included in the hire cost. For more information contact Cymmer Communities First 01443 682945

Rockwood Riding Centre Craig yr Allt, Caerphilly, CF83 1NF 029 20 866281

Leisure Centres Michael Sobells Sports Centre Aberdare – 01685 874323 Abercynon Sports Centre 01443 740141 Rhondda Fach Sports Centre Tylorstown – 01443 756242 Rhondda Sports Centre Ystrad – 01443 434093 Hawthorn Leisure Centre Nr Pontypridd – 01443 843406 Dare Valley Country Park Aberdare – 01685 874672 For more details of charges and availability please contact your nearest centre.

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Activity Centres & Guides

Guides Martins Walks is a small independent walking company run by Martin Smith and Hester Rawlins that offer a variety of guided walks throughout South Wales and the Brecon Beacons. Navigation tuition and Nordic walking can easily be included in the walks. Walks can be designed to cater for a variety of abilities and fitness levels. Telephone 01685 811949 email Martinswalks@aol.com www.MartinsWalks.com Griffin Guiding – 07974 678405 info@griffinguiding.co.uk For a variety of guided tours which cover the South East Wales area including a tour of the Rhondda Valley the home of welsh coal. Roam Wales Sightseeing Tours of South Wales Based in Pontypridd at the gateway to the Rhondda Valleys we provide a selection of sightseeing adventures and themed excursions of South Wales. For more information and details of the tours available please go to www.roamwales.com or telephone 01443 209203

Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre Cwrt y Celyn Farm, Upperboat, Pontypridd, CF37 5BJ 02920 831658 E-mail - Hopikinsmith@btconnect.com www.adventurewales.co.uk Milestone Activities Pontyvlun 01443 224117 E-mail info@milestonesctivities.co.uk www.milestoneactivities.co.uk Wet & Wild Adventures Ystrad 01443 439000 • 07841 054 205 www.wetwild.co.uk Heads of the Valleys Guide Network Why not explore the fascinating towns and historical landscape of the South Wales Valleys with one of our local Guides? Recognised as Wales Official Tour Guides, our Guides can bring alive the passion, drama and personalities of the first industrial nation in the world. To book a tour or discuss a personal itinerary; please see www.realvalleytour.org.uk or call Sue on 01873 811625

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Walks

Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk - 21 miles from Mynydd Maendy (W) to Caerphilly Common (E) A long distance path which follows the southern edge of the coalfield, with ups and downs, varied scenery and views and plenty of pubs! With car parking, bus and rail links close by it is ideal for short circular walks. Way marked and detailed on OS map (Explorer 151). Cwm Hafod Walk – this way-marked, circular walk is about 1.5 miles. It starts at the Rhondda Heritage Park and climbs steeply to view points overlooking the lower Rhondda. A leaflet is available.

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Pontypridd Circular - A 12 mile circuit in the hills around Pontypridd. The waymarked walk passes through ancient woods, open common, moorland, farmland and ffridd, crossing the rivers Taff and Rhondda. It climbs to panoramic vantage points for views across the valleys to the sea and to the Brecon Beacons. Taff Trail - Part of the National Cycle Network (Lon Las Cymru). This long distance community route is a largely surfaced level path following former railways. Suitable for walking, cycling and disabled users. Way marked and in OS Explorer map 151 and 166.


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Coed Morgannwg Way - 36miles from Margam Park (S) to Merthyr (N)

High Level Celtic Trail - NCN no 47 Neath to Newport via Rhondda Forest

A challenging 36-mile walk in remote terrain, crossing the highest part of the county with dramatic long distance views. Way marked and detailed on OS map (Explorer 166). No brochure currently available.

Part of the National Cycle Network. Long distance mountain bike route in remote terrain, way marked and detailed on OS map (Explorer 166 (Rhondda) and 165 (Swansea). Contact Sustrans for further information: www.sustrans.co.uk or telephone 0845 113 00 65

Cynon Valley Trail - NCN no 478 Abercynon (S) to Penderyn (N) Part of National Cycle Network. Community route mainly surfaced level path following former railways. Route under development, with short sections in town centres to be completed. Interim leaflet provides suggested links between completed sections. Suitable for walking, cycling and disabled users.

Leaflets from Countryside, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Llwyncastan, Library Road, Pontypridd CF37 2YA parkscountryside@rctcbc.gov.uk, 01443 400563

Tram Road Walk - 1.5 miles Maesycoed Pontypridd to Trahafod A linear walk along an historic tramroad, level surfaced path suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs. DVCP Trail A series of walks which range from an easy stroll to a more strenuous route up to the top of the glacial cwm. Way marked.

Walks in Clydach Vale – a selection of 4 trails ranging from 2.4 miles to 6.8 miles. These self guided walks explore the countryside around Clydach Vale Brochures are available by calling 01443 420903 or e-mailing info@cwmclydach.org.uk

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13. Park & Dare Theatre

12. Penderyn Distillery

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10. Coliseum Theatre

9. Aberdare Park

8. Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery

7. Darran Park

6. Rhondda Heritage Park

5. Barry Sidings

4. Pit Ponty Sanctuary

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Events Festivals, family days and festive parades are on offer every year for visitors and residents in Rhondda Cynon Taf to enjoy – and the popular events are all free of charge. Food, glorious food is the focus of the Big Welsh Bite, held each summer at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd. The three-day event includes a Welsh food and craft festival, arena displays, cooking demonstrations, children’s entertainment and much more. The Mayor’s Harnessed Horse Parade takes place around Pontypridd during the Big Bite weekend. People of all ages from across Rhondda Cynon Taf compete annually in the County Show, where entries in almost 150 show sections can be seen, including flowers, open veg, art and photography.

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Chevrolets, cadillacs and other marvellous motors roll into town every September for the Tonyrefail Classic Car Show. Visitors can enjoy a free day’s entertainment and view around 350 vehicles. Thousands flock to see Santa Claus at the annual festive parades held in all of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s main town centres in the run-up to Christmas. Every year goes out with a bang at the annual Nos Galan Races on December 31st in Mountain Ash, attracting thousands of runners and spectators for the races, street entertainment and fabulous fireworks display.

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Events Calendar 2010 July /August 24th & 25th July Aberdare Park Road Races Aberdare Park Aberaman Motorcycle Club present the Aberdare Park Road Races held in a premier woodland circuit situated in the heart of South Wales,the biggest road racing event in Wales.Contact Aberaman Motorcycle Club for further details and tickets. 24th & 25th July Ponty’s Big Weekend Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd A 2 day event with 2 concerts. For more information visit www.pontybigweekend.com 30th July - 1st August • 11am – 5pm Big Welsh Bite Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd Annual food, farming and fun event featuring Welsh food and craft. Great fun for all the family 1st August • From 12pm Harnessed Horse Parade Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd Over 40 horse drawn carriages from all over the UK will take part in the parade. 14 August 2010 • 11.00am - 5.00pm Ponty Vintage Day Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd A family day, which includes a parade of vintage vehicles taking a route through Pontypridd Town Centre and continuing in the park with static displays, falconry, children's entertainers,fun-fair, welsh bockers and much more!! www.pontypriddtowncouncil.org.uk

September 4th – 19th September Wales Valleys Walking Festival 2010 Various walks across the Valleys area. 28 guided walks suitable for all abilities will take place over the fortnight. The walks are free of charge. If you wish more information please visit : www.thevalleys.co.uk 12th September • 11am – 5pm Tonyrefail Classic car show Tyn y Bryn Park, Tonyrefail The classic car show promises to be a wheely-spectacular show with a variety of classic cars on display. A free family fun day 12th September • 1pm – 5pm RCT County Show Tonyrefail Leisure Centre Over 150 sections which display vegetables, flowers, baking and artwork – a real treat for all your senses.

18th – 19th September • 11am – 4pm Cordell Festival Rhondda Heritage Park A 2 day event which celebrates the work of Alexander Cordell, this year’s event will commerate the 1910 Tonypandy Riots Centenary.

October 2nd & 3rd October • 11am – 4pm Vintage Transport Festival Rhondda Heriage Park Full steam ahead with model railway displays, traction engines, buses, cars and much more. Admission Adults Adults £2.50, Children (3yrs +) £1.50

November / December Various Dates Christmas Events For more information please visit www.whatsonrct.co.uk 21st November – 24th December Santa’s Toy Mine Rhondda Heritage Park A wonderful experience for all ages which takes a magical tour of the mine finishing with meeting Santa. From 20th November - Christmas Eve prices from £6.50 for children Adults £3.95 (inc mince price & hot drink) Pre - booking essential 29th November – 23rd December Santa’s Christmas Cottage Dare Valley Country Park Santa Christmas Cottage where each child receives and gift and photo with the man himself. £6.00 per child 31st December • 4.30pm – 8.30pm Nos Galan Road Races Mountain Ash Town Centre Annual Nos Galan Road races – 5km fun run, elite rac and children races plus much more including the mystery celebrity runner and firework display.

For a comprehensive list of all events and shows which are taking place in Rhondda Cynon Taf, please visit:Full list www.whatsonrct.co.uk Theatre shows www.rct-arts.co.uk Rhondda Heritage Park Events www.rhonddaheritagepark.com Dare Valley Country Park Events www.darevalleycountrypark.co.uk

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Culture Whether you are looking for a slice of great iconic Welsh culture, uproarious comedy, thought-provoking drama, cutting edge contemporary dance or traditional ballet, or exclusive gigs by some of the world’s finest musicians, the visitor to Rhondda Cynon Taf can experience this without leaving the county just by visiting any one of our three theatres. They are The Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare, the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd and the Park & Dare Theatre in Treorci. Together they make up a Regional Performing Arts Centre (attracting funding from the Arts Council of Wales) and are the only local authority venues with production status. As co-producers Rhondda Cynon Taf Theatres

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often work with our own home grown talent such as playwright Frank Vickery, and Welsh language entertainer Martyn Geraint with whom we co-produce a Welsh language pantomime. These productions are not only performed in our theatres but take the name of Rhondda Cynon Taf throughout Wales. Recent performers and productions at our theatres include Rhod Gilbert (four sold out shows in Spring 2010), Mal Pope’s “Cappuccino Girls” (Welsh premiere); Michael Schenker Group, Nick Lowe, Billy Bragg, Sean Lock, Mid Wales Opera, Mappa Mundi, Show of Hands, Chris Corcoran’s Committee Meeting, National Theatre Wales and National Dance Company of Wales.


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At our recent sole Welsh date for the great American singer-songwriter John Prine audience members came from as far afield as Paris, Dublin and Edinburgh. How ever far you are travelling you can count on a great night out in one of our theatres making a memorable contribution to your visit to Rhondda Cynon Taf.

There is now a single Box Office number for all three theatres – just dial 08000 147 111 or you can book online (and see all our latest programme information) by visiting our website at :-

Showcase Cinema, Heol yr Odyn, Parc Nantgarw, CF15 7GX Tel: 0871 220 1000 www.showcasecinemas.co.uk

Cwmaman Institute, Alice Place. Cwmaman, Aberdare Tel: 01685 876003

A cinema complex showing all the latest film releases

www.rct-arts.co.uk

email zoe@cwmamaninstitute.com www.cwmamaninstitute.com The facilities at Cwmaman Institute are many and varied. The large comfortable concert hall offers catering for 150 people, whilst the building provides a place where people can participate in the arts as well as being able to watch live shows or films.

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Shopping – Markets – Town Centres

Whether you want craft shops or gift shops, traditional markets or town-centre stores, our town centres can supply them all. Pontypridd and Aberdare with their bustling markets; old-fashioned main streets in Treorchy, Tonypandy and Porth; crafts and culture in Llantrisant; the small high streets of Mountain Ash and Ferndale, all of them set in dramatic countryside with fantastic walks and tourist attractions only minutes away. Grogg Shop, Trefforest, Pontypridd CF37 1BH Tel 01443 405001 Fax 01443 405001 www.groggs.co.uk 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 vast range also features figures from the history of Welsh Coalmining, humorous dragons and sheep, all of which can be seen being made at the Groggshop studio. Situated in Pontypridd for over forty years, it has grown into an Aladdin's cave of memorabilia, targeted by visitors worldwide. It now boasts it's own small museum, illustrating the development of the Grogg figure from it's humble coal shed beginning to it's World recognized status today. 24

Model House, the Bull Ring, Llantrisant, CF72 8EP Tel: 07768 736166 Situated in the heart of Llantrisant old town, the Model House is home to a variety of local craft makers and artists, who have individual studios which visitors are more than welcome to visit. There is also a gallery situated on the ground floor with a range of selected art and craft for sale. Gallery opening times:Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 4pm Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre Tel: 01685 810651 Penderyn,hirwaun, CF44 0SX info@welshwhisky.co.uk www.welsh-whisky.co.uk Located amongst the scenic splendour of the Brecon Beacons in the village of Penderyn, the visitor centre takes you through the process and provides you with a chance to sample the Penderyn Products, which are on sale in the gift shop. Please contact us to pre book a tour. Admission charge £5.00 Standard rate £3.50 Senior Citizens/Students


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Bowling, Parks & Countryside Why not enjoy a relaxing game of bowls in the international standard bowls centre. Taff Ely Indoor Bowls Taff Ely Indoor Centre in the centre of the market town of Pontypridd the centre has 4 indoor rinks, changing accommodation with drinks and refreshments available. 01443 485051 Cynon Valley Bowls Centre Cynon Valleys Bowls Centre in Mountain Ash has 8 indoor rinks, bar & restaurant, and changing accommodation. In fine weather an outside bowls area in available. 01443 474960

Ten Pin Bowling Centres Rhondda Bowl Porth 01443 672672 Bowlplex Parc Nantgarw, Nantgarw 01443 844944 www.bowlplex.co.uk Barry Sidings Countryside Park Nr Trehafod, Pontypridd Situated just North of Pontypridd the Park offers countryside walks, seasonal cafe (weekends & school holidays), BMX track, coarse fishing (permits sold on site). Valleys Cycle Network runs through the park & it is an ideal starting point for the Pontypridd Circular Walk (see 'Walks'). Large car park, visitor centre & toilet facilities.

Aberdare Park Located in Trecynon just outside the town centre of Aberdare, this Victorian park is great place to visit. For the adults and older children there is plenty to do and see, There are two bowling greens, tennis courts and in the summer local bands can perform in the bandstand. For the ultimate adrenalin rush visit the park wher during July the park hosts the Aberdare Park Road Motorcycle Races. For the keen horticulturalist there is plenty to see with many fine mature specimen trees. The spring and summer bedding displays provide splashes of vivid colour. Aberdare Park opening time 7.00am until 30 minutes after sunset. Times are displayed in the park. Ynysangharad War Memorial Park Located in Pontypridd. This wonderful expanse of parkland, trees and flowerbeds features the commemorative statue to Evan & James James composers of the national anthem and has a number of War Memorials. Also, a large paddling pool, play area, pitch and putt, crazy golf, bowling greens and tennis courts and hosts a wide range of events.

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USEFUL INFORMATION The main Tourist Information Centre for Rhondda Cynon Taf is in Pontypridd Museum. Both Rhondda Heritage Park and Dare Valley Country Park have extensive Tourist Information Resources and there are nformation Kiosks and Tourist Information Points throughout the area. • Pontypridd Museum • Rhondda Heritage Park

• Dare Valley Country Park

Information Kiosks are available at the following attractions. The Kiosks store a wealth of local information on the history and heritage of the local area. • Rhondda Heritage Park • Dare Valley Country Park

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Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery Park & Dare Theatre

Traffic and travel information Rhondda Cynon Taf is very easy to get to. We are in South Wales, ideally placed between the Brecon Beacons and the capital city of Cardiff. For up to date traffic information in the South Wales area www.traffic-wales.com

Bus Enquiries

Rail Enquiries

For up to date bus information www.traveline-cymru.org.uk

For up to date rail information, please use the link below www.nationalrail.co.uk www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk

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Accommodation

Hotels Dare Valley Country Park  01685 874672  Aberdare CF44 7RG  darevalleycountrypark@rctcbc.gov.uk  www.darevalleycountrypark.co.uk

A great place to stay and explore – the Country Park is spread over 500 acres of beautiful countryside just a mile from Aberdare Town.

Llechwen Hall  01443 742050  Llanfabon, Pontypridd CF37 4HP  reservations@llechwenhall.co.uk  www.llechwenhall.co.uk

Llechwen Hall Hotel is a historic country house set in 6 acres of hilltop land with panoramic views. With 20 well appointed rooms, including fourposters & executive rooms and a Rosette awarded restaurant steeped in history and character, Llechwen Hall is the perfect dining and accommodation experience for a peaceful retreat.

Heritage Park Hotel  01443 687057  Coed Cae Road, Trehafod,

A 3 Star Hotel which reflects it's traditional surroundings of the famous & beautiful Rhondda Valley with a warm and inviting welcome.

near Pontypridd CF37 2NP

Guest Accommodation

Country House Hotel

 reservations@heritageparkhotel.co.uk  www.heritageparkhotel.co.uk Miskin Manor Country Hotel  01443 224204  Pendoylan Rd, Groesfaen, Llantrisant CF72 8ND  reservations@miskin-manor.co.uk  www.miskin-manor.co.uk

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A 43 bedded Grade II listed Hotel set in 22 Acres of Wonderful Gardens and Woodland, with our separate Health Club offering all the up to date facilities that has just had a major refurbishment located just off Junction 34 of M4. The Hotel Caters for: Conferences; Weddings and Private Parties.

The accommodation grading is correct as of 28th May 2010, for up to date information please visit our website.

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Hotels Premier Inn, Aberdare  0870 850 6388  Riverside Retail Park,

Tirfounders Field, Cwmbach CF44 0AH

 www.premierinn.com Premier Inn, Llantrisant  0870 111 2814  Gwaun Elai, Magden Park, Llantrisant CF72 8LL

 www.premierinn.com

Spacious, clean, comfortable rooms and friendly service make you feel right at home. The hotels offer a range of facilities for you and your family: modern rooms, good quality restaurants, free kids’ packs and offers.

Spacious, clean, comfortable rooms and friendly service make you feel right at home. The hotels offer a range of facilities for you and your family: modern rooms, good quality restaurants, free kids’ packs and offers.

Ty Newydd Country Hotel  01685 813433  Penderyn Road, Hirwaun, Aberdare CF44 9SX  relax@tynewyddcountryhotel.co.uk  www.tynewyddcountryhotel.co.uk

A Neo-Georgian Country Hotel set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Close to Welsh Whisky Distillery.

Beili Helyg  01685 813609  Cwm Cadlan, Penderyn, Aberdare CF44 0YJ  willow.walks@hotmail.co.uk  www.walkingwalesholidays.co.uk

Excellent walking from the door. Spacious 4* ensuite accommodation in recently sympathetically renovated 18th century barns, with beautifully restored antique furniture. Guests have own separate access so you can come and go as you wish, dining room & lounge. Secure cycle lock up and drying facilities.

Central Guest House  07815 916581  Stow Hill, Treforest, Pontypridd CF37 1RZ  centralhousewales@gmail.com  www.centralguesthouse.co.uk Falcon Hotel  01685 873758  1 Incline Row, Cwmaman, Aberdare CF44 6LU  office@thefalcon.co.uk  www.thefalcon.co.uk

The proprietors, John and Denise Scanlon are locals with immense knowledge of the area. They offer a warm Welsh welcome and a hearty breakfast which is locally sourced.

Fifth Avenue House  01685 819914  Lower Halt Road, Aberdare CF44 9UP  bookings@fifthavenuehouse.co.uk  www.fifthavenuehouse.co.uk Miskin Hotel  01443 430058  Miskin Road, Trealaw CF40 2QN

A modern, family-run small Hotel offering contemporary and high quality accommodation with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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The Falcon Inn is a family inn, where a warm welcome is always expressed to both adults and children alike by your hosts Elwyn and Sheila. Inn

The Miskin Hotel is a small family run Public House with guest rooms situated near Tonypandy in the heart of the Rhondda Valleys. The Miskin offers customers a warm and friendly atmosphere and a welcoming experience.

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B&B Maesyronnen  01639 722343  Ystradfellte, Aberdare CF44 9JE

Homely accommodation available at large bungalow in rural village well known for caves and waterfalls. Ample parking area.

Henderwen Hotel  01443 771679  Henderwen Rd, Blaencwm, Treorchy CF42 5DR  mail@hendrewenhotel.com  www.hendrewenhotel.com The Stables at Brook House  01443 228526  Rhiwseason Rd, Cross Inn, Llantrisant CF72 8NZ  info@thestablesllantrisant.co.uk  www.thestablesllantrisant.co.uk

We are situated in a small village called Blaen Cwm at the top of the picturesque Rhondda Valley in South Wales.

Ty Draw Bed & Breakfast  01443 778028  Blaencwm, Treorchy CF42 5DW  tydrawfarm@yahoo.com  www.tydrawfarm.com Ty Lily Mia Guest House  07877 687949  Station Rd, Trealaw CF40 2PL  alun@rhonddaguesthouse.co.uk  www.rhonddaguesthouse.co.uk

Recently renovated farmhouse providing ensuite Bed and Breakfast. Suitable for walkers, and mountain bikers, or for just a relaxing quiet break from it all.

Tyn Y Wern Country House  01443 790551  Ynysybwl, Pontypridd CF37 3LY  tynywern2002@yahoo.co.uk  www.tyn-y-wern.co.uk

Tastefully furnished with antiques and modern furniture. Lounge available. Most food is obtained from organic sources.

Inn

The Stables is located in the shadow of the historic town of Llantrisant in a lovely rural setting, this immaculate self contained accommodation is only 5 minutes away from J34 of the M4 and all local facilities.

Ty Lily Mia is situated on the outskirts of Tonypandy in the heart of the Rhondda Valley. It is easily accessible from M4 and A470, with a 2 minute walk from Dinas Train Station and local bus routes. This 4 room newly built guesthouse is ideally situated for you to explore the area.

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Blaen-nant-y-groes Farm Cottages  01685 881457  Cwmbach, Aberdare. CF44 0EA  cottages@bnygfarm.com  www.bnygfarm.com

Situated in 15 private acres, our renovated stone dwellings comprise one 2-bedroom & one 1-bedroom cottage and two twin bedded studios. Underfloor heating from flagstones and floorboards combined with double-glazed hardwood windows mean the woodburning stoves are a luxury.Brecon Beacons 15 mins, Cardiff 30 mins, Swansea & Gower 45 mins.

Ceffyl Cottage  01443 400163  Plas-Y-Ceffyl, Cefn Lane, Pontypridd CF37 3AL  ceffylcottage@btinternet.com  www.ceffylcottage.co.uk

Described as “a real Gem in the valleys” by regular visitors. A tranquil location, traditional with a modern interior. Adjacent to the owner’s home you can experience a true Welsh Welcome. With 35 years experience in hospitality we know how important it is to make your stay a memorable one.


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Self Catering Llwynau Farm Self Catering Lodges  01443 229021  Castellau, Llantisant CF72 8LP  llwynaufarmlodges@hotmail.com  www.llwynaufarmpinelodges.co.uk

Benefiting from easy access to the M4 Junction 34, these self catering pine cottages are centrally situated for Cardiff, the Rhondda Valleys and coast. Short breaks available.

The Stables Self Catering at Brook House  01443 228526  Rhiwseason Rd, Cross Inn, Llantrisant CF72 8NZ  info@thestablesllantrisant.co.uk  www.thestablesllantrisant.co.uk Tyn Y Wern Country House Lodges  01443 790551  Ynysybwl, Pontypridd CF37 3LY  tynywern2002@yahoo.co.uk  www.tyn-y-wern.co.uk

The Stables is located in the shadow of the historic town of Llantrisant in a lovely rural setting, this immaculate self contained accommodation is only 5 minutes away from J34 of the M4 and all local facilities.

Vale Holiday Homes  01446 774144  Llwyn Nwydog Farm, Talygarn,

Six stone cottages have been attractively and sympathetically converted to an exceptionally high standard from the 19th century and earlier farm buildings adjoining the owners' 16th century farmhouse.

Pontyclun CF72 9JU

 info@valeholidayhomes.co.uk  www.valeholidayhomes.co.uk

Two well equipped lodges with decking balcony in a serene countryside setting.

Camping, Caravanning & Hostels Cynon Valley Cottage & Bunkhouse  01403 264641  Halt Rd, Rhigos, Aberdare, CF44 9UW  info@cyat.org  www.cyat.org

The Centre is suitable for all types of groups such as the structured school party busy with field studies, the 'action-packed' activity group keen to develop their interests in outdoor pursuits and the more leisurely holiday party who wish to relax and enjoy the local amenities.

Dare Valley Country Park  01685 874672  Aberdare CF44 7RG  www.darevalleycountrypark.co.uk  darevalleycountrypark@rctcbc.gov.uk

A great place to stay and explore – the Country Park is spread over 500 acres of beautiful countryside just a mile from Aberdare Town.

Glamorgan Court  01443 482002  University of Glamorgan, Treforest

Our newly refurbished flats combine good quality accommodation and value for money. They provide the perfect base for exploring Cardiff and the surrounding area. Accommodation is provided in houses / self contained flats with facilities such as a kitchen/diner, lounge and double, twin and single rooms with a mix of standard and ensuite.

Grid Ref SN92507

Pontypridd CF37 1DL

 events@glam.ac.uk  www.glamorganconferenceservices.co.uk

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in this publication, the publishers can accept no liability whatsoever for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, or for any matter in any way connected with or arising out of the publication of the information. Published by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Copyright Š 2010 Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC www.destinationrct.co.uk

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Tourism Guide - Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales, UK  

Tourism Guide - Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales, UK

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