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Things to do in the Brecon Beacons National Park

If you enjoy making the most of the great outdoors, you’ll love the Brecon Beacons.

Our National Park is a great place to get active. This is not a fenced-off preserve – it’s a living, working landscape which will bring out your adventurous side.

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BikePark Wales is the UK’s first full scale mountain bike park in the heart of the South Wales valleys, built by riders for riders.  We believe in making mountain biking accessible to everyone from extreme to serene.

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


Zip World Tower

Home to Phoenix and the Tower Coaster, Zip World Tower is the 4th Zip World site to open, and is the 1st to be situated in south Wales. Nestled in the Rhigos mountain range, and boasting stunning panoramic views, this adventure hub is situated at the old Tower Colliery coal mining site, and had created a new lease of life for this historic and widely-loved base.

Phoenix is the world’s fastest seated zip line, with 4 parallel lines in 2 separate zip zones. This zip line will see you flying across the Welsh countryside. The Tower Coaster is the only of its kind in Europe, boasting a side-by-side kart, making it possible for two people to ride at once.

Enjoy the beautiful facilities and refreshments at Tower’s Adventure Terminal, where you can check-in, kit-up, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the wonderfully restored Colliery site, where old meets new.


BikePark Wales

We believe in making mountain biking accessible to everyone from extreme to serene. Whether you are completely new to mountain biking or a seasoned downhill pro, BikePark at Gethin Woods, Wales will offer you an incredible biking experience unlike anything you have experienced in the UK before.

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