An exciting new simulator ride is set to open at Rhondda Heritage Park in 2017, enhancing the already popular Black Gold Experience.

As part of the Council’s major investment in the tourist attraction, the brand-new family ride will transport visitors through the ‘underground tunnels’ at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery with the use of modern, state-of-the-art technology.

This announcement is the latest attraction to be added to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council as part of its on-going £0.5M revamp. 

Also now open at Rhondda Heritage Park is Caffe Bracchi, celebrating the Italian communities who came to set up business in the South Wales Valleys at the turn of the 20th Century. Many of these Italian cafes and fish and chip shops still exist to this day. 

A new public exhibition commemorating the once-thriving coal industry and the Rhondda Valley is also now open. 

Thousands of people have been flocking to Rhondda Heritage Park during the festive season to pick up their seasonal gifts and trees and to take a trip to Santa’s Toy Mine. 

Cllr Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Prosperity, Wellbeing and Communities, said: “We welcome the news that a simulator ride is making a return to Rhondda Heritage Park.

“It will not only enhance the visitor experience for all of our visitors from around the world but will also add to the excitement of the magical journey of our Black Gold Experience.

“This is being made possible thanks to almost half-a-million pound investment from the Council and we are delighted to be improving what is already a very popular family tourist attraction in the heart of our County Borough.

“The Rhondda Valley is synonymous around the world with the coal industry and Rhondda Heritage Park is the place to visit to recognise our industrial past while at the same time celebrating the future.”

Further details on the exciting new simulator ride will be announced in the New Year.