"A Typical Valleys Town" Aberdare by Myfanwe

Aberdare Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 24 photos

Aberdare is a small town in the Cynon Valley, just 24 Miles North West of Cardiff. The town developed in the early nineteenth Century specifically for the Iron and Coal Industries. Nowadays, since the decline of the Mines and Ironworks, the Town has become a peaceful place to live with a pleasant town centre surrounded by some beautiful Countryside.

There are some lovely old buildings in and around the town centre. Sadly many are in decline but there are signs that some are being restored. St Elvan Church in the centre of town is over 200 years old.

The composer of the Welsh National Anthem lived in the Cynon Valley until his death and his remains are buried in Aberdare Cemetary.

The former members of the Rock Band, Stereophonics were from Cwmaman, a village near Aberdare and the Actor Ioan Gruffudd was from Llwydcoed near the town.

There are some lovely walking trails around Aberdare. A good place to start is the Dare Valley Country Park which is situated about 2 Miles away from the Town Centre.

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  • Pros:The Dare Valley Country Park...
  • Cons:Take a brolly with you, the weather can change in a second..
  • Last visit to Aberdare: Aug 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 29, 2010
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    Oct 11, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    I worked here in the early 70s . Great it has made it onto VT. Well done Vicki!


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