Aberdare Travel Guide

Aberdare Town in Wales

Aberdare is a town in the Cynon Valley area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, at the confluence of the Rivers Dare and Cynon. The population at the 2001 census was 31,705. Aberdare is 4 miles south-west of Merthyr Tydfil, 20 miles north-west of Cardiff and 22 miles east-north-east of Swansea. During the 19th century it became a thriving industrial settlement, which was also notable for the vitality of its cultural life and as an important publishing centre.

Dare Valley Country Park

Expansive parkland with walks & trails

Parkland with lush countryside, marked trails and family quests, plus guided walks and fun days.

Brecon Mountain Railway

Lakeside travel on a vintage steam train

Traditional steam engine journey with observation carriages, plus workshop visits and lake views.

Aberdare Park


Aberdare Park is a well-preserved Victorian public park located in the village of Trecynon, near the town of Aberdare in South Wales.

Cynon Valley Museum Trust

Art museum and museum

Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery situated in the Cynon Valley area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.

Afon Sychryd

Waterfall and river

The Afon Sychryd is a river in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. Although it is a relatively short river, with a total length of 5 kilometres, it is notable for the gorge and two waterfalls through which it flows.

Rhydycar West

Mynydd Merthyr

Mynydd Merthyr is a broad ridge of high ground between Taff Vale and the Cwm Cynon in the Valleys region of South Wales. It forms the boundary between the unitary authorities of Rhondda Cynon

Morlais Castle

13th-century ruins & scenic views

One room, small walls & part of the moat remain of this 13th-century castle with sweeping views.

Cefn Gwyngul

Cefn Gwyngul is a long broad ridge to the east of the Rhondda Fach valley in Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough in South Wales. Its 470m high summit is marked by an ancient cairn known as Carn-

Rhigos Viewpoint

St John’s Church, Dowlais

St John’s Church is a defunct Grade II listed church in the village of Dowlais, near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. The church was built in 1827 for local ironworks manager Sir John Josiah Guest, at

Llyn Fawr


Llyn Fawr is a lake in the Cynon Valley, South Wales, that is best known as the site of an important hoard of weapons and tools from the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age. It lies within Craig

Craig y Llyn

Wooded mountain reaching 600 meters

Reaching 600 meters, this forested mountain is notable for its standing waters & aquatic plant life.

Taff Bargoed


The Taff Bargoed is a river and valley near Pontypridd in South Wales, and lies off the Abercynon roundabout on the A470 road, and is approximately 14 miles from Cardiff. The main settlements