Rhondda Heritage Park, based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, is regularly voted one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales by tourists and provides a fun and interesting day out for the whole family to enjoy together. First port of call is The Visitor Centre which houses the Art Gallery, Level One Cafe, Gift Shop, and an indoor Period reconstructed Village Street displaying the commercial and domestic life of the valleys. Admission to this area is free except on special event days, which you can watch out for using the link. The Black Gold Tour Features a fully guided tour with ex miner guides that take about 45 minutes, and involves multimedia presentations, a tour of the pit head buildings and a trip underground to experience the life of a coal miner at ‘pit bottom’! Tours are available at 11:15 and 13:30 daily. They’re pretty popular especially during the school holidays so it is a good idea to book your tour before you visit. Rhondda Heritage Park is also home to the Energy Zone Children’s Play Area, which is a great and aptly named place to for the kids to burn off some of that bottled energy and have loads of fun! Features include a Zip wire, swings, a sand pit, slides, and a Toddlers Play Area.
The Valleys is a very complex story of both industry, family and passion and all of those stories are being told here at the Rhonda Heritage Centre. The minute I stepped foot through the doors of the parks main entrance, I knew I was going to enjoy my visit here, such is the magic of this place. You actually get to step back in time and take a journey, just to see for yourself what life would of been like, not only for the miners themselves, but for the lives of their families also. I loved the street scene and all the hard work that has gone into making sure you experience every attention to detail. Then the pinnacle of the visit in my estimation, is the underground mine tour. An experienced tour guide will be guiding you through the very tunnels that were trod thousands of times by thousands of brave souls.