Why Visit the Merthyr Valley and its surrounding areas?
We have a wealth of history here, industrial and cultural.
Merthyr Tydfil , Wales’ most historic industrial town, was once the largest Iron manufacturing centre in the world.
Also where the 1st steam driven engine (Richard Trevithick), pulled a 10 tonne load of iron with 70 passengers along rails, for a total of 9 miles Merthyr to Abercynon.
Cyfarthfa Castle which is now a museum, was the former home of the ironmasters – the Guest family.
The Merthyr Riots – uprising against the ironmaster giants who kept the workforce in poverty, poor housing and sanitation. Dick Penderyn was hung following these events, supposedly for attacking a police officer. He was innocent of the charge.
A prolific welsh composer and fine musician.
Renowned for writing the lyrics and music to “MAFANWY“
His story is immortalised in Jack Jones’ novel “Off To Philadelphia In The Morning”.
Llancaiach Fawr: a semi-fortified Manor, having walls 4 foot thick, is now said to be haunted.
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