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Visitor attractions and information - Aberdare

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Attractions Garwnant Visitor Centre, Forest Enterprise, Cwm Taff, Merthyr Tydfill, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2HT. Tel No: 01685 723060. A t the gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park it is the centre for the Coed Taf Fawr woodlands. Gift shop. Café. Ropes course. Woodland walking trails and a family cycle route. Toddlers play area. Three orienteering routes of varying ability. About 7 miles north of Aberdare.
Garwnant Visitor Centre

Attractions Brecon Mountain Railway, Pant Station, MERTHYR TYDFIL, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2UP. Tel: +44 (0)1685 722988. Travel in one of our all-weather observation coaches behind a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park. On your return to Pant, visit our workshop where old steam locomotives are repaired. Licensed Tearooms. shop. www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk. About 8 miles north east of Aberdare.

Brecon Mountain Railway

Attractions Cyfarthfa Castle, Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan CF47 8RE. Tel: 01685 723112. 1825 Regency Castle set in 160 acres of parkland. Collections - 20th century fine art, ceramics, early Wedgwood, silver, glass, miniatures. Cafe, Shop, Parking, Disabled Access. Castle available for Civil Weddings. About 5 miles east of Aberdare, in Merthyr Tydfil.

Cyfarthfa Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Barry

Attractions Welsh Hawking Centre, Weycock Road, Barry, South Glamorgan, CF62 3AA. Tel: 01446 734687. Normally open daily throughout the year, except Christmas Day. 200 Bird of Prey - Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Buzzards as well as lambs, calves, rabbits and chicks. Picnic Tables, Free Car Park, Gift Shop, Cafe. Location: On the outskirts of Barry.

Welsh Hawking Centre

Attractions Vale Of Glamorgan Railway, Barry Island Railway Station, Barry Island, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF62 5TH. Tel: (01446) 748816. Trains run from Barry Island, to Hood Road for the waterfront, or Woodham Halt for the Heritage Skills centre. Trains also run to Plymouth Road for the engine shed and museum displays. Barry Island Buffet & shop. www.valeofglamorganrailway.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Barry.

Vale Of Glamorgan Railway

Cosmeston Lakes, Country Park & Cosmeston Medieval Village

Attractions Cosmeston Lakes, Country Park & Cosmeston Medieval Village. Over 100 hectares of land and water, being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The village consists of reconstructed 14th Century medieval buildings, gardens. It includes rare breeds and a small museum. About 3 miles east of Barry.

Cosmeston Lakes, Country Park & Cosmeston Medieval Village

Attractions Turner House Gallery, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DM. Tel: 029 2070 8870. Turner House Gallery, built in 1888, displays temporary art exhibitions. About 4 miles east of Barry.

 Turner House Gallery

Attractions Penarth Pier, Briar Bank Studios, 10 Beach Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan. CF64 1JX. Tel: 02920 711462. Proposals are in place to develop the pier into a multi functional building. (2006). www.penarthpier.com. About 4 miles east of Barry.

Barry hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Bridgend

Attractions Coity Castle, Bridgend. Coity Castle has been rescued from its decay, and is now managed by CADW - Welsh Historic Monuments. It dates from the late 12th century. Location: On the outskirts of Bridgend.

 Coity Castle

Attractions Ewenny Priory, Bridgend. A fine example of a fortified monastery. The Parish of Ewenny lies just off the southern edge of Bridgend. www.ewenny.org.uk. Location: On the outskirts, south of Bridgend.

Ewenny Priory

Attractions Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Ton Kenfig, Bridgend CF33 4PT. Tel: 01656 672922. Visiting The Kenfig Nature Reserve is a splendid way to see the Welsh coastal landscape, with free access to the car parks toilets and gift shop. Two bird hides overlook Kenfig Pool. The reserve is open all the year round. Information Centre - please call for details. Wheelchair access to the Information Centre. Bridgend County Council staff manage the reserve. About 6 miles west of Bridgend.
Kenfig National Nature Reserve

Attractions Old Beaupre Castle, Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales. The ruins of a Medieval manor house, modified during the Tudor period. The medieval part of Old Beaupre, dates from about 1300. About 8 miles south east of Bridgend.

Old Beaupre Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Cardiff

Attractions National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP. Tel: 029 2039 7951. Museum and art gallery. The art gallery has works by all of the notable Welsh artists. The collection of 20th century art includes works by sculptors Jacob Epstein and Eric Gill and painters including Stanley Spencer and L. S. Lowry. www.museumwales.ac.uk. Location: In the centre of Cardiff.

National Museum Cardiff

Attractions Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB. Tel: 029 2087 8100. Cardiff Castle is one of Wales's leading tourist attractions. Situated in the very heart of the capital, alongside city centre shopping and the magnificent Bute Park. Enchanting fairytale towers. Cardiff Castle is open every day, all year round, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Regrettably, the Castle apartments are not accessible for wheelchair users. www.cardiffcastle.comLocation: In the centre of Cardiff.

 Cardiff Castle

Attractions Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL. Includes the Donald Gordon Theatre. Guided tours of the building run daily and last one hour. Arts and cultural centre. Host to West End and Broadway, musicals to ballet and opera. Brasserie Bar Cafe, Crema - Coffee Shop, Hufen - Ice cream Parlour. Location: In the centre of Cardiff.

Wales Millennium Centre

Attractions Cardiff Road Train. Tel: 029 2051 2729. The road train takes you through the heart of Cardiff Docklands. Cardiff is a working port, and access to the public is allowed ONLY on the Road Train. www.cardiffroadtrain.com. Location: In the centre of Cardiff.

Cardiff Road Train.

Attractions The Cardiff Waterbus. Tel: 07940 142409. The Waterbus operates everyday in Cardiff Bay giving visitors to Cardiff's waterfront a unique view of Cardiff from the water. The Waterbus sails daily between Penarth, Cardiff's waterfront and the City Centre. www.cardiffcats.com. Location: Around Cardiff and also in Penarth.

Attractions Castell Coch near Cardiff. 19th C fairytale - style castle. Exhibition, tour, parking, toilets, cafe, shop. It stands high on the hillside with commanding views of the gorge of the Taff. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk. About 3 miles north west of Cardiff.

Castell Coch

Attractions Better Tours, Milbank, Presteigne, Powys. Tel: 01544260493. Castles of Wales Tour. BETTER TRAVEL is pleased to offer you, the discerning traveller, the opportunity to visit in four days a few of the classical Castles of South, Mid, West and North Wales. With names as famous as Carreg Cennen and Caerphilly, Chepstow, Caernafon, Beaumaris, Conwy or Lamphey Bishops Palace and Carew, these treasured ruins of the dark and middle ages are familiar to both residents and visitors alike. www.better-travel.co.uk. Location: Tour of the Castles of Wales.

Castles of Wales Tour

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Visitor attractions and information - Llantwit Major

Attractions Ewenny Priory, Bridgend. A fine example of a fortified monastery. The Parish of Ewenny lies just off the southern edge of Bridgend. www.ewenny.org.uk. About 6 miles north of Llantwit Major.

Ewenny Priory

Attractions Old Beaupre Castle, Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales. The ruins of a Medieval manor house, modified during the Tudor period. The medieval part of Old Beaupre, dates from about 1300. About 3 miles north of Llantwit Major.

Old Beaupre Castle

Attractions Welsh Hawking Centre, Weycock Road, Barry, South Glamorgan, CF62 3AA. Tel: 01446 734687. Normally open daily throughout the year, except Christmas Day. 200 Bird of Prey - Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Buzzards as well as lambs, calves, rabbits and chicks. Picnic Tables, Free Car Park, Gift Shop, Cafe. Location: About 7 miles east of Llantwit Major.

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Visitor attractions and information - Merthyr Tydfil

Attractions Garwnant Visitor Centre, Forest Enterprise, Cwm Taff, Merthyr Tydfill, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2HT. Tel No: 01685 723060. A t the gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park it is the centre for the Coed Taf Fawr woodlands. Gift shop. Café. Ropes course. Woodland walking trails and a family cycle route. Toddlers play area. Three orienteering routes of varying ability. About 5 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil.
Garwnant Visitor Centre

Attractions Brecon Mountain Railway, Pant Station, MERTHYR TYDFIL, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2UP. Tel: +44 (0)1685 722988. Travel in one of our all-weather observation coaches behind a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park. On your return to Pant, visit our workshop where old steam locomotives are repaired. Licensed Tearooms. shop. www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk. About 3 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil.

Brecon Mountain Railway

Attractions Cyfarthfa Castle, Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan CF47 8RE. Tel: 01685 723112. 1825 Regency Castle set in 160 acres of parkland. Collections - 20th century fine art, ceramics, early Wedgwood, silver, glass, miniatures. Cafe, Shop, Parking, Disabled Access. Castle available for Civil Weddings. Location: In the centre of Merthyr Tydfil.

Cyfarthfa Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Neath

Neath Museum & Art Gallery

Attractions Neath Museum & Art Gallery, Gwyn Hall, Neath. Tel: 01639 645726. Archeology and natural history of Neath. Paintings and changing exhibits. Accessible to all. Lift to upper gallery. Location: In the centre of Neath.

Neath Museum & Art Gallery

Attractions Neath Abbey. In the care of CADW. Tel: 029 20 500200. Neath Abbey, a Cistercian monastery, was founded in 1130. Substantial ruins. Disabled access. Location: In the centre of Neath.

Neath Abbey

Attractions Afan Forest Park. For those who enjoy the quiet countryside life or outdoor sport. Covers an area of 11,000 hectares. Popular destination for walking, cycling, orienteering, camping, world class mountain bike trails and educational visits. There are several paths with good surfaces and easy gradients that many families and disabled people can enjoy. About 4 miles east of Neath.

 Afan Forest Park

Attractions Glantawe Riverside Park, Off the A4067 Pontardawe, Nr Neath. Tel: 01639763333. Recreation area on the site of a reclaimed tinplate works. About 5 miles north of Neath.

Glantawe Riverside Park

Attractions Aberdulais Falls, Aberdulais, nr Neath, Neath & Port Talbot, SA10 8EU. Tel: 01639 636674. Famous waterfalls and fascinating industrial site. The largest waterwheel currently used in Europe to generate electricity. Turbine house providing access to an interactive display, fish pass and observation window. Audio tours and quiz trail for the family. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Location: On the outskirts, north of Neath.
Aberdulais Falls

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Visitor attractions and information - Penarth

Attractions Welsh Hawking Centre, Weycock Road, Barry, South Glamorgan, CF62 3AA. Tel: 01446 734687. Normally open daily throughout the year, except Christmas Day. 200 Bird of Prey - Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Buzzards as well as lambs, calves, rabbits and chicks. Picnic Tables, Free Car Park, Gift Shop, Cafe. About 6 miles west of Penarth.
Welsh Hawking Centre

Attractions Vale Of Glamorgan Railway, Barry Island Railway Station, Barry Island, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF62 5TH. Tel: (01446) 748816. Trains run from Barry Island, to Hood Road for the waterfront, or Woodham Halt for the Heritage Skills centre. Trains also run to Plymouth Road for the engine shed and museum displays. Barry Island Buffet & shop. www.valeofglamorganrailway.co.uk. Location: About 4 miles west of Penarth

Vale Of Glamorgan Railway

Attractions Cosmeston Lakes, Country Park & Cosmeston Medieval Village. Over 100 hectares of land and water, being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The village consists of reconstructed 14th Century medieval buildings, gardens. It includes rare breeds and a small museum. About 2 miles south of Penarth .

Cosmeston Lakes, Country Park & Cosmeston Medieval Village

Attractions Turner House Gallery, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DM. Tel: 029 2070 8870. Turner House Gallery, built in 1888, displays temporary art exhibitions. Location: In the centre of Penarth.

Turner House Gallery

Attractions Penarth Pier, Briar Bank Studios, 10 Beach Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan. CF64 1JX. Tel: 02920 711462. Proposals are in place to develop the pier into a multi functional building. (2006). www.penarthpier.com. Location: In the centre of Penarth.

Attractions The Cardiff Waterbus. Tel: 07940 142409. The Waterbus operates everyday in Cardiff Bay giving visitors to Cardiff's waterfront a unique view of Cardiff from the water. The Waterbus sails daily between Penarth, Cardiff's waterfront and the City Centre. www.cardiffcats.com. Location: Around Cardiff and also in Penarth.

The Cardiff Waterbus

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Visitor attractions and information - Pencoed

Attractions Coity Castle, Bridgend. Coity Castle has been rescued from its decay, and is now managed by CADW - Welsh Historic Monuments. It dates from the late 12th century. Location: About 3 miles west of Pencoed.

Coity Castle

Attractions Ewenny Priory, Bridgend. A fine example of a fortified monastery. The Parish of Ewenny lies just off the southern edge of Bridgend. www.ewenny.org.uk. Location: About 4 miles south west of Pencoed.

Ewenny Priory

Attractions Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Ton Kenfig, Bridgend CF33 4PT. Tel: 01656 672922. Visiting The Kenfig Nature Reserve is a splendid way to see the Welsh coastal landscape, with free access to the car parks toilets and gift shop. Two bird hides overlook Kenfig Pool. The reserve is open all the year round. Information Centre - please call for details. Wheelchair access to the Information Centre. Bridgend County Council staff manage the reserve. About 8 miles west of Pencoed.
Kenfig National Nature Reserve

Attractions Old Beaupre Castle, Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales. The ruins of a Medieval manor house, modified during the Tudor period. The medieval part of Old Beaupre, dates from about 1300. About 8 miles south of Pencoed.

Old Beaupre Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Pontypridd

Rhondda Heritage Park

Attractions Rhondda Heritage Park, Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF37 7NP. Tel: 01443 682036. 'Shift in Time' Guided Tour, Black Gold Multi Media Exhibition, Artefacts Museum, Energy Zone Adventure Playground, Conference Facilities, an Art Gallery and a Restaurant. Rhondda Heritage Park is also accessible for disabled visitors - with assistance. www.rhonddaheritagepark.com. About 2 miles west of Pontypridd.
Rhondda Heritage Park

Attractions Model House Craft & Design Centre, Bull Ring, Llantrisant. Tel 01443 237758. We opened as a craft and design centre in 1989 and now receive about 35,000 visitors a year. Along with an exhibition section in the Gallery which shows a varied and changing programme of contemporary craft . Model House also has studios where you can purchase work directly from the artists. www.craftgallerywales.com. About 5 miles south of Pontypridd.

Model House Craft & Design Centre

Attractions Castell Coch near Cardiff. 19th C fairytale - style castle. Exhibition, tour, parking, toilets, cafe, shop. It stands high on the hillside with commanding views of the gorge of the Taff. www.cadw.wales.gov.ukAbout 6 miles south of Pontypridd.

Castell Coch

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Visitor attractions and information - Port Talbot

Attractions Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Ton Kenfig, Bridgend CF33 4PT. Tel: 01656 672922. Visiting The Kenfig Nature Reserve is a splendid way to see the Welsh coastal landscape, with free access to the car parks toilets and gift shop. Two bird hides overlook Kenfig Pool. The reserve is open all the year round. Information Centre - please call for details. Wheelchair access to the Information Centre. Bridgend County Council staff manage the reserve. About 7 miles south east of Port Talbot.
Kenfig National Nature Reserve

Attractions Neath Museum & Art Gallery, Gwyn Hall, Neath. Tel: 01639 645726. Archeology and natural history of Neath. Paintings and changing exhibits. Accessible to all. Lift to upper gallery. About 5 miles north of Port Talbot.

Attractions Neath Abbey. In the care of CADW. Tel: 029 20 500200. Neath Abbey, a Cistercian monastery, was founded in 1130. Substantial ruins. Disabled access. About 5 miles north of Port Talbot.

Neath Abbey

Attractions Afan Forest Park. For those who enjoy the quiet countryside life or outdoor sport. Covers an area of 11,000 hectares. Popular destination for walking, cycling, orienteering, camping, world class mountain bike trails and educational visits. There are several paths with good surfaces and easy gradients that many families and disabled people can enjoy. About 7 miles east of Port Talbot.

 Afan Forest Park

Attractions Aberdulais Falls, Aberdulais, nr Neath, Neath & Port Talbot, SA10 8EU. Tel: 01639 636674. Famous waterfalls and fascinating industrial site. The largest waterwheel currently used in Europe to generate electricity. Turbine house providing access to an interactive display, fish pass and observation window. Audio tours and quiz trail for the family National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Location: About 7 miles north of Port Talbot.

Aberdulais Falls

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Visitor attractions and information - Swansea

Attractions Egypt Centre, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP. Tel: 01792 295960. There are over 4500 items in the collection. Most of them were collected by the pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome. Shop selling a range of statues, recycled glass, papyrus from Egypt, and exclusive jewellery, in the foyer of the museum. www.swan.ac.uk. Location: In the centre of Swansea.

Egypt Centre

Attractions Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea, SA1 3QJ. Tel: 01792 475715. The Grand Theatre in Swansea has a wide variety of shows and exhibitions for everyone to enjoy. See website for Guide to What's On in the Grand Theatre this season. www.dylanthomas.org. Location: In the centre of Swansea.

Swansea Grand Theatre

Attractions National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 1SN. Tel: 01792 638950. The new museum is fully open to the public with free admission and is full of new technology to make Wales' history come alive. A visit to the National Waterfront Museum will be unlike any visit you've ever made to any other museum. www.dylanthomas.org. Location: In the centre of Swansea.

 National Waterfront Museum

Dylan Thomas Centre

Attractions Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea, SA1 1RR. Tel: 01792 463980. This splendid building was named after Swansea's most famous poet, and has a permanent exhibition on Dylan Thomas and his life, as well as a shop stuffed with books, posters and memorabilia. Excellent restaurant. wheelchair accessible lifts and toilets on all floors of the Centre. www.dylanthomas.org. Location: In the centre of Swansea.
Dylan Thomas Centre

Attractions Swansea Vale Railway, Upper Bank Works, Pentrechwyth, Swansea, SA1 7DB. Tel: 01792 461000. A nostalgic reminder of this once busy and Historic railway. From SWANSEA Pick up the A4217. to Llansamlet, continue for 2 miles pass Colliers Arms on the left, under the railway bridge, and take next left. www.swanseavalerailway.co.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Swansea.

Swansea Vale Railway

Attractions The National Wetland Centre Wales. Located on the Ramsar site of the Burry Inlet, WWT's innovative centre at Llanelli is at the frontend of wetland conservation in Wales. Its newest feature is the Millennium Wetland complex, home to wildlife as diverse as dragonfly and Little Egret. www.wwt.org.uk. The National Wetland Centre Wales is situated 1 mile east of Llanelli and 5 miles north west of Swansea.
The National Wetland Centre Wales

Attractions The Heart of Wales Railway Line is part of the main rail network. Travellers will be impressed by the rugged beauty, tranquil villages and picturesque Victorian spa towns along the 121 miles between Swansea and Shrewsbury. There are many wayside stations and halts where you can get off and explore the villages, quiet valleys, forests and hills. Train enquiries and ticket sales line - Tel: 01597 822053. At the southernmost point of the Heart of Wales Line, Swansea Station provides connections with Cardiff, Birmingham and London Paddington. www.howlta.org.uk.

The Heart of Wales Railway Line

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