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Bike Park Wales
BikePark Wales is the UK’s first full scale mountain bike park in the heart of the South Wales valleys, built by riders for riders. We believe in making mountain biking accessible to everyone from extreme to serene.
BikePark Wales was born from a passion to create the best mountain bike facility in the UK, the UK's first full scale bike park to rival the best in the World. The BikePark Wales team have slaved day and night for 5 years to create this incredible facility. BikePark Wales is built for riders, by riders.
For intermediate mountain bikers through to seasoned downhill pro's, BikePark Wales will offer you an incredible biking experience unlike anything you have experienced in the UK before. We even have a 1KM green run for beginners and can offer coaching sessions for riders at any level.
The concept is simple, picture a ski resort, remove the snow and replace the pistes with an array of sweeping flowy bike trails meandering to the bottom of the mountain and you are close. Add a bunch of adrenalin and big sprinkle of fun and you are pretty much there. BikePark Wales is an exhilarating way to spend your day in the Welsh mountains.
Our series of lift assisted trails for riders of all abilities offer the ultimate riding experience. With a mix of incredible all weather roller coaster trails and some of the best natural Singletrack the UK has to offer, we challenge you to control the silly grin on your face at the bottom of each run.
Uplift: Our fleet of mini buses will transport you quickly, safely and comfortably to 491m, the top of our mountain, Myndd Gethin. You will be dropped off at the very top of the hill right next to the start of our trails. All that remains to do is select your route and whoop and holler your way back to the bottom of the mountain in time to catch the next lift up.
Built in 1824, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery - described as the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales - was once home to Ironmaster William Crawshay II and his family. It serves as a reminder to the Ironmaster's dominance over the town and the wealth the iron industry brought to the area.
Now home to a fantastic collection of artefacts spanning 2000 years of Merthyr's history, the Museum houses the first steam whistle, the first voting ballot box and dresses by Laura Ashley and Julien McDonald.
At the castle you can admire the extensive fine and decorative art collections including Swansea, Nantgarw and Wedgwood porcelain and art by Penry Williams - the Welsh Turner, and George Frederick Harris. Stroll through the atmospheric social and industrial history galleries which chart the rise of this once great ironmaking town and learn about Richard Trevithick's Penydarren Locomotive of 1804, the first locomotive to pull a load along rails. Or discover the roots of the Labour movement, from the Merthyr Rising of 1831, and the martyrdom of Dic Penderyn, to the first Labour MP - Keir Hardie.
You can keep up to date with developments at Cyfarthfa by visiting www.cyfarthfa.com.
MORLAIS CASTLE GOLF CLUB
Built in 1270 by Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Lord of Glamorgan, the remains of what once was Morlais Castle, runs along the right hand side of the third fairway and overlooks the border between Brecon and Glamorgan.
A challenging moorland golf course set in the surroundings of the foothills of the Brecon Beacons with some magnificent scenic views. Situated some 24 miles north of Cardiff. Morlais Castle Golf Club is enjoyable for both low and high handicapped golfers.
Spectacular views across the Brecon Beacons National Park, the course is one of two halves. The first nine holes are built around the old quarry while the back nine are set on rolling moorland. A modern clubhouse and indoor practice area coupled with the warmest of welcomes completes the Morlais experience.
One hundred years has seen many changes at Morlais Castle Golf Club. We now have a course and clubhouse of which we can be proud and the facilities that they offer to members and guests. Morlais Castle Golf Club has always held a reputation for being friendly to all who seeks its company both on the course and in the clubhouse.
Recently opened Trago Merthyr Tydfil. It has over 200,000 square feet of retail space, plus warehousing, internal roads and car parking. Products include Carpets, Furniture, Fitted Kitchens, Clothing & Footwear, a Garden Centre, Books, Sports & Leisure Departments, Lighting, DIY, Bathrooms, Pets & Equestrian, Gifts, Soft Furnishings, Haberdashery, Household Appliances, Housewares, Health & Beauty, Household Cleaning...and much more!
Brecon Mountain Railway
The Brecon Mountain Railway is one of 'The Great Little Trains of Wales'. The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles. All are narrow gauge steam railways and some have a history spanning well over 100 years. All of them have in common the charm of old-time steam trains with plenty of polished paintwork and brass.
If you are visiting the Brecon Beacons area, for travel or for tourism, The Brecon Mountain Railway is one of the most interesting things to do in South Wales. A heritage railway, running through the Brecon Beacons, it is based on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway, which opened originally in 1859 and closed in 1964. The dramatic South Wales landscape and impressively restored steam locomotives make a visit to The Brecon Mountain Railway a great day out in South Wales for families and especially children.