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Land of Bards And Singers


A FREE exhibition celebrating the Land of Bards and Singers is open at Rhondda Heritage Park, the Museum of Welsh Mining, until the end of March.

It is just one of the many attractions at the ever--popular family tourist attraction in the heart of the Rhondda Valley.

The mid-late 19th Century brought many changes to the world-famous Valleys of South Wales, the intensification of coal mining led to a population growth never before witnessed.

There was a phenomenal population boom, from 23,950 people in 1871 to around 152,781 people in 1911.

Communities sprang up around the coal mines, with men, women and even children having to suffer the dangers of working underground. Drawn together by these perils, they found comfort in their language and a shared religious faith.

The choral singing that arose from the traditional Welsh chapels went on to become a defining symbol of the close-knit Welsh communities, resulting in many choirs and singing groups being formed.

In true gladiatorial combat, choirs would compete in eisteddfodau across Wales, a man’s pride was at stake and the rivalry between choirs could be fierce. It is little wonder then that Wales would gain its reputation as the Land of Bards and Singers.


  • Café
  • Full disabled access
  • Parking (free)
  • Picnic Site
  • Toilets

Public Transport Directions

By Train: From Cardiff Central Station to Trehafod (home of Rhondda Heritage Park) the service runs every half an hour ( Mon – Sat).

By Bus: Details of the number 132 and X32 buses can be found on the Stagecoach website.

Road Directions

By Road: Signposted from junction 32 of the M4 to the A470 Pontypridd. Rhondda Heritage Park is located between Pontypridd and Porth. Ample free coach and car parking available on site. Reserved disabled parking.

By Cycle: Using the National Cycle Network the Park is only 4km/2.5 miles from Pontypridd Town Centre using the section Pontypridd to Porth.