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Visiting Wales - Visit the Rhondda Heritage Park, near Pontypridd. Rhondda area is highly recommended, as having a fantastic landscape, geat history and beautiful towns and vilages within the Rhondda valleys. The Rhondda Heritage Park South Wales is a tourist attraction which offers an insight into the life of the coal mining community that existed in the area until June 1983.
Opening times are from 10.30 am. Within the visitor centre (entrance building) of the old mining area you will find in the upper floor a lovely cafe. A Cafe Late, freshly prepared just £1.50. But you may order also a full meal.
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Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod, Rhondda, South Wales, as seen from the hills. The coal mine had a deep of about 900 feet / 300 meters. There are tree shafts.
The Visitor Centre includes an indoor 'village street', artefact exhibition galleries, the temporary exhibition gallery. The gift shop offers a variety of souvenirs, memorabilia of the coal mine and Wales at large.
Getting there is quiet easy, when using a navigation system. In front of the entrance building, you`ll find an large and free car park. The car park might be used to discover more of the area later on. There are underground tours at £3.75 each person. A family of 4 = £10.75. Groups, children and concessionaires have further reduced fees. Underground tours are available 11:30am and 1:30pm daily (advisable to pre-book via - see at bottom of page). The tour times vary, the length of each tour is about 1 hour, and includes the outside and underground tour.  If you don`t want to spend money, all buildings outside can be seen and partly visited free of charge. (But, what a shame, to not participate!)
Rhondda Heritage Park includes historic buildings linked to the coal industry including a explosives magazine and winding house. You can see artifacts and exhibition displays that provide an understanding of the daily life of a coal miner. 
The visitors centre offers also a free access to parts of the museum, beside free admission to parts of the outside area. 
You are free to take pictures. Please keep in mind, when going underground, it will get pretty dark down there, please wear good shoes. 

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Anyone, good by feet should visit Rhondda Heritage Park, and enjoy a time of "Back in Time". Highly recommended for families, children school classes. Children will find outside a nice kids playground.  The children's play area, 'Trefor & Bertie's Energy Zone'.  (for children up to 13 years. Age two and over £2.00 (Late Admission after 2pm £1.00). 
Exploring the energy cycle in a unique, fun and educational way. Take some lunch with you, if you like to safe on food and drink. Just make sure, taking your litter with you. - Read More and see more pictures on our Rhondda Heritage Park tourism page. Have fun! - Remo -
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Rhondda Heritage Park - Underground Tour. Please be aware, that you wont have this bright light. It`s pretty dark down there, as to give you an realistic mining experience.
Enjoy traditional Welsh markets or shop til you drop at larger stores, nearby town centres have it all.

Pontypridd (low cost carparks within and around the town) and Aberdare (low cost car parks) have bustling markets and there old-fashioned main streets in Treorchy, Tonypandy and Porth. (Port offers free parking within the "high street" and close by car parks.)
Llantrisant offers crafts and culture, and there’s a warm welcome in the cafes and small shops streets of Mountain Ash and Ferndale, all of them set in dramatic countryside with fantastic walks and tourist attractions only minutes away.

Aberdare
Unlike other valley towns, Aberdare spreads across a broad vale with an open aspect. Home to over 35,000 people and known as the Queen of the Valleys, Aberdare is a busy shopping town which combines an eventful history with a grand scenic setting.

Ferndale
At 300 metres above sea-level, Ferndale in the Rhondda Fach is the highest town in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Llantrisant
In 1346 the archers of Llantrisant serving under Edward Prince of Wales rendered invaluable service to the English King in his wars against the French.
Mountain Ash
Like other valley communities, Mountain Ash owes its existence to the coal boom of the nineteenth century, becoming a sizeable town within a very short period of time.

Pontypridd

Nestling at the foot of steep, wooded slopes where the River Rhondda joins the River Taff, Pontypridd is a bustling, traditional market town, a place of curiosities and characters which also happens to be home to the 16,000 students of the University of Glamorgan.

Porth
In Welsh, Porth means "gateway", and standing at the confluence of the rivers Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach, Porth is at one and the same time the gateway to the Rhondda and the narrow portal which gives access for the two historic valleys to the great world outside.

Tonypandy
The name of Tonypandy, which actually means the "pasture of the fulling mill" has gone down in history as the place where striking miners, faced with starvation wages, rioted in 1910, leading Winston Churchill, then Home Secretary, to send in the Army.

Treorchy
The name of Treorchy is indelibly linked the World over with the famous Treorchy Male Voice Choir, and indeed this town, the only one in the Rhondda ever to host the National Eisteddfod, can truly claim to be the cultural capital of Fawr and Fach, with the award winning Parc & Dare Brass band, a Choral Society and the Park and Dare Theatre all based in the town.
Important note; The underground tour has been recreated, as it used to be and is just 3 - 5 metres down.
Please note; all pictures (c) copyright. If you would like to buy any of our images, please contact us!
Opening Hours:
We're open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Cafe opening - 11.00am - 3.00pm
Rhondda Heritage Park
Coed Cae Road
Trehafod,
01443 682036
www.rhonddaheritagepark.com/ (new window)
My rating: 
5***** for an fantastic day out!
- Remo -
 


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