Another week starts and we have another day out! We visited Merthyr Tydfil and we had a great day. Every time we drive to Cardiff we pass Cyfartha Castle in Merthyr and we say that we must stop and visit it one day…so we’ve done it!
Built in 1825, this grand mansion, set in 160 acres of parkland, has been called ‘the most impressive monument of the industrial Iron Age in Southern Wales.’ It now houses a superb museum and art gallery, providing a fascinating glimpse into 3000 years of history.
At the Castle you can admire the extensive fine and decorative art collections, including Swansea, Nantgarw and Wedgwood porcelain. Stroll through the atmospheric social and industrial history galleries, which chart the rise of this once great iron making town; learn about Richard Trevithick’s Penydarren Locomotive of 1804, the first locomotive to pull a load along rails; 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; see our ‘museum of a museum’ including curiosities from around the world – ancient Egyptian grave goods, Greek and Roman artifacts, and Far Eastern decorative arts.
Enjoy the elegant surroundings of this interesting museum and once family home, set in beautiful parkland, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. ( Copied from Merthyr Tydil website)
We arrived at the castle just in time to listen to a talk about Turner and Penry Williams (a Merthyr artist) – this was very interesting and enjoyable to wander round and look at some Turner paintings on loan from the Tate.
The museum was traditional and full of interest..we spent ages looking at all the exhibits which ranged from models of locomotives to Kyffin Williams paintings..so much to see and enjoy.
After leaving the museum we walked around the grounds and through the lovely woodlands- all this was free- no entry charge to Welsh museums- what a bargain!
We later visited Brecon Mountain Railway but missed the last train by minutes so we’ll have to go back another time which will be no trouble at all as Merthyr is only about 45 minutes journey away. Next time we’ll walk some of the Taff Trail and see other sights around Merthyr but next time we’ll give ourselves plenty of time to catch the Brecon train!