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National Showcave Centre of Wales

First discovered in 1912, and opened to the public in 1939, there are now 3 Show Caves, a Dinosaur Park, replica Iron-Age Village, Shire Horse centre and Stone Circles to explore.


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Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary

We are located in the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park area of South Wales.

Formerly a traditional Welsh hill farm, the sanctuary now rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals. especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets.

Visitors are welcome to see the animals and the work we do.


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Welsh Castles

Wales has more fairytale castles than it has fairies to occupy them! From coastal ruins to restored splendour, we have so many to choose from.

Looking for a family day out with a difference? Cadw offers a range of exciting places to explore near you.




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Are you ready to explore? There’s so much to do and enjoy in and around Merthyr Tydfil. Get a glimpse of our past,  experience an adrenaline kick like no other, take in an exhibition or show, stride out on our trails or enjoy some quiet reflection – you can do it all in Merthyr Tydfil.














Take a look at some of our suggestions for a morning, afternoon or day out and about in our town - there’s more to Merthyr than meets the eye.

Get on your bike and sample the rich and varied landscapes of the Taff Trail which runs all the way from Cardiff to Brecon.

Boogie to the sounds of a live band at The Crown Inn or visit the majestic Victorian Redhouse for an exhibition or show.

Test your prowess with a game of snooker or pool at the excellently renovated Scala Snooker Club.

Browse around one of the fabulous exhibitions at Cyfarthfa Castle, Museum & Art Gallery or drop in on one of their special events or workshops.

Follow one of our quirky fun Town Centre Trails to find out about our past and present, and the people who’ve made Merthyr famous.

Grab some popcorn and check out the latest blockbuster movie at Vue Cinema or take advantage of Superbowl UK Merthyr’s state-of-the-art bowling lanes and adrenaline-fuelled laser quest.

Visit the town for one of our fabulous line-up of festivals and events taking place throughout the summer months. You won’t be disappointed.

Step back in time at Joseph Parry's Cottage, the beautifully preserved birthplace of the composer of hymns, operas and famous love song “Myfanwy”. (Open 2pm-5pm on weekends, April to September – check before visiting)

Make a splash at Canolfan Cyfarthfa in the beautiful grounds of Cyfarthfa Park, with its Splash Pad, playground and cafe.

Take the family for a leisurely steam ride through some of the most beautiful local scenery at Brecon Mountain Railway, and enjoy a coffee or a meal in the friendly tearoom.  

Pop into Canolfan Soar, the town's Welsh cultural centre, with its cafe, bookshop and theatre space for a workshop or performance or a cup of coffee!

Scale the heights at the Rock UK Summit Centre with its 18 metre high climbing wall and man-made caving system.

Take a stroll along the Trevithick Trail and follow the route of the first journey by a steam locomotive to pull a load on rails; truly the precursor of the railway age.

Experience an adrenaline rush at BikePark Wales, the mountain bike park built by riders for riders.

Expend some energy at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre with its swimming pool, fitness suite, weights room, squash courts and so much more.

Source: Visit Merthyr Tydfil