Back in the days of the coal and iron boom, the industrialist William Crawshay in 1824 built a large and spectacular mansion (widely known as Cyfarthfa Castle, with justification) outside Merthyr Tydfil. When it was built, Merthyr was the iron and coal capital of the world and Crawshays’s mansion one of the most imposing buildings in town. Today it still dominates the landscape for miles around, but as an interesting reminder of times gone by rather than a powerful statement of family prestige.
The museum holds precious historical items from around the world, not just from across South Wales, and there are certainly some surprises to be found. Then there are the art exhibitions, a tea room serving up tasty refreshments, and the gardens to explore. The lake is particularly pretty. There are several different outdoor activities for children so they’ll never be short of something new to look at, interact with, or play on.
Cyfarthfa is an excellent all-weather attraction, just as suitable for whiling away a damp winter day as it is for a summer picnic. A range of special events are held throughout the year, so check the Park website regularly. There’s often something new and interesting to get involved with either in the grounds, inside the castle, or nearby.
The 160 acre extent of Cyfarthfa Park has something for everyone; with Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, the Splashpad, Playground, Miniature Railway, Sensory Garden, Bowls, Tennis, Fishing and Woodland Walks all available on-site. It’s a great day out or in!
Address: Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil
Postcode: CF47 8RE
Tel number: 01685 727371
Web Address: www.cyfarthfa.com
Opening Hours: Cyfarthfa Park open from 7am until dusk. April-September. 10am-5.30pm (Last Admission 5pm) 7days a week. October-March. Tuesday-Friday. 10am-4pm. Weekends. Noon-4pm.Closed Mondays.
Admission Charges: Free Admission Park & Museum
Parking Charges: None
Group information: Free coach parking. Pre booking for the museum is recommended
Accessibility information: Park is fully accessible. Wheelchair entrance for museum at side with buzzer. Chairlift to basement displays. Induction loop fitted at museum reception. Disabled toilets in museum & at splashpad. Disabled play equipment at splashpad. Sensory garden in Park.