The Valleys

Things to see and do

Featured attractions
GuardianGuardianTake a peek
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art GalleryCyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art GalleryTake a peek
Caerphilly CastleCaerphilly CastleTake a peek
Big Pit: National Coal MuseumBig Pit: National Coal MuseumTake a peek
Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor CentreParc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor CentreTake a peek
Explorers Wanted

The Valleys has more than enough to fill the longest of weekend breaks!

It’s one of the many unexpected things about The Valleys. Did you know, for example, that we’re home to one of Europe’s biggest and best medieval castles (it’s smack in the middle of Caerphilly – you can’t miss it)? Or the scenic Brecon Mountain Railway a narrow-gauge railway where you get on in Merthyr Tydfil and get off in the heart of the Brecon Beacons? Or our very own World Heritage Site at Blaenavon, an equivalent of the Taj Mahal and Great Wall of China?

All this together with numerous heritage sites, green country parks and great stories means that there is something new to explore each weekend!


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Dark Skies Discovery Sites - Red Lion Pub

Church Rd, Penderyn, Hirwaun,

The site provides spectacular views of the night sky and is located next to the Red Lion Pub.

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Ty Ebbw Fach

Ty Ebbw Fach, Chapel Road, Six Bells, Abertillery

Ty Ebbw Fach is the visitor centre at Six Bells servicing Guardian, Parc Arrael Griffin and The Ebbw Fach Trail. The building has meeting space, t...

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St. Illtyd's Motte

St. Illtyd, Aberbeeg, Abertillery,

Just to the west of St. Illtyd's Church stands a large, steep-sided, flat-topped mound. This is a well preserved castle motte. This probably dates to...

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Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve

Garn Road , Garn-yr-erw, Blaenavon,

Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve used to be an area covered in spoil tips and old colliery workings but following an extensive land reclamation scheme...

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Aberbargoed Grasslands National Nature Reserve


Home to a large population of the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly. Rushes, Meadow Thistle, Lousewort and Devils Bit Scabious all thrive in these damp...

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Aneurin Bevan Memorial Stones

Beaufort Road, Tredegar,

The stones mark the spot where Aneurin Bevan, Labour MP and architect of the National Health Service, addressed his constituents and the world. The h...

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The Workers Gallery and Workshops

99 Ynyshir Rd, Ynyshir, Porth,

The Workers Art & Design Gallery is run by resident artists Gayle Rogers & Chris Williams.

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Bedford Park

Cefn Cribwr, Kenfig Hill, Porthcawl

Based around the former 1780's Ironworks established by John Bedford, the park is an interesting mix of industrial archaelogy, rare plants a...

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Merthyr Mawr Village and Sand Dunes

Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend

Merthyr Mawr Village is a cluster of tiny thatched cottages that appear untouched by time. The village has been the location for a number of maj...

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Pontypool Museum

Park Buildings, Pontypool

Set in a Georgian stable block, Pontypool Museum is an Accredited Museum managed by Torfaen Museum Trust.

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