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The area is known as South Wales Valleys and is surrounded by the Brecon Beacon mountains including South Wales tallest mountain Pen y Fan, which stands 886 meters or 2,900 feet above sea level. Rich with moorland grazing area, the park is home to wild Welsh ponies and mountain sheep. Activities here for the outdoorsman include cycling and mountain biking, as well as hiking and horseback riding. Being close to the sea, there is also sailing and windsurfing as well as rock climbing, hang gliding and fishing. The park is also used for military training by the British Army and Special Air Service.
The town itself is as rich in culture as it is surrounded by natural beauty, known for its community choirs as well as playing host to many cultural events throughout the year including music festivals and poetry readings. There is a local historical society, as well as several museum and heritage group and a local library. Plays, concerts and dance are performed by students of the local college as well as members of the community. The college is a subsidiary of University of Glamorgan. It offers day and evening classes for full-tine and part-tine students not only in the performing arts, but in general education, business and computers, and the service industry. The college has some Merthyr Tydfil hotels close by.
There are a few must-sees here including the Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre located within the park. Here there are trained and experienced instructors to aide with the large variety of outdoor activities in the area for the skilled and beginner alike. There is camping here as well as a bunkhouse available for large groups as well as individual family stays.
The Cyfarthfa Castle dates back to 1824 and was built by William Crawshay, known as the regional Ironmaster during the great iron age here. The castle overlooks what was his massive ironworks business during that time period of the iron age. The castle is filled with art exhibits and is open from early April through September.
Joseph Parry's Cottage is a preserved iron workers' cottage from the same period of time for the men working at the Cygarthfa Mines. However, the cottage is named after Wales best known composer who was born there in 1841. Like the castle, the cottage is open from April through September. There is no charge to visit either place.
And close by is the Brecon Castle, built by Bernard de Neufmarch, a Norman invader, to protect the land he stole from the Welsh rulers. The motte and castle are worth a look along with the breathtaking views of the Brecon Beacons. Also take in the Penderyn Distillery. This is one of very few independent distilleries left in the world and the only one in Wales. It gets it's name from the local town it is located in, also at the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. Tours and a tasting room are open to the public.
Merthyr Tydfil also plays host to several sporting events and is known for its rugby and soccer teams. It is also known for having some competitive boxers, both professional and amateur. There is a local cricket club and golf course not far from many of the Merthyr Tydfil hotels.
The town is home to 30,000 residents. Merthyr Tydfil got its name from the legend of a girl named Tydfil, who was daughter to a local ruler, was one of the earliest to study Christianity. She was murdered by Picts and Saxons and was thought to be a martyr after death around 480 EC. Merthyr means martyr in English and when the town was founded and first developed, it was given the name in her honor.
This area used to be large in coal mining and iron industry and the town was once known as the iron capital of the world. During the initial development of these industries, several railroad routes as well as shipping ports, were established connecting it much of the British empire. The town boosted a population of more than 80,000 in the early 20th century. But, the iron industry had begun to slow here late in the 19th century due to its location being inland, and the necessity of iron as well as coal began to decrease after World War I. After World War II, several companies opened up factories in the neighborhood including Hoover and an aviation components manufacturer.
Today tourism is on the rise. It is not far from the Wales capital of Cardiff. There is great dining and some good shopping can be found locally close to many of the Merthyr Tydfil hotels.
To plan a stay in one of the Merthyr Tydfil hotels, look for one of the many different types of lodgings available from bed and breakfast inns to larger motels and hotels. You can find comfortable facilities for the entire family, or for a private get-a-way for two. Most, you will find, are quite affordable. From the older, historic inns to the swank newer hotels, the architecture is an art form itself and should not be missed by visitors to the area.
Some of the Merthyr Tydfil hotels have a pool, spa and fitness facility, as well as an onsite restaurant. The smaller inns generally offer a full-course breakfast included with the room rate. Most facilities now have full internet access. Most Merthyr Tydfil hotels have non-smoking rooms and areas and many have rooms with easy access for the disabled. Pets are allowed in some hotels and motels. And some lodging facilities offer local transportation. You will find all the places offer friendly service with advice for local dining and what to not miss during your visit. For those wishing to have an extended stay there are cabin and apartment rentals also available.
Whether you are from Great Britain, mainland Europe or the Americas, a trip to Wales and this area makes from a great trip or vacation. Merthyr Tydfil hotels are wonderful hosts as are the residents of the city, who welcome visitors any time of the year. The weather is generally mild with an abundance of precipitation, so a raincoat and umbrella are warranted most any time.