Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil is a town and County Borough in South Wales in the historic county of Glamorgan on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.


Merthyr Tydfil is often referred to simply as Merthyr.

Merthyr Tydfil has a long history and the town was a major centre of coal mining and steel manufacturing and the location of the invention of the steam locomotive, and in the 19th century had a population that exceeded both Swansea and Cardiff. In the latter half of the 20th century it suffered from serious industrial decline but more recently has started to undergo regeneration reflecting its location as a dormitory town for Cardiff and Swansea and the potential for tourism based on its history and location near the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Get in

By car

Merthyr Tydfil can be reached by A470 located 22 miles north of the M4 Junction 32 which is located just north of Cardiff. The A470 connects with the "Heads of the Valley road" which connects Swansea with the M5. The road is good quality dual carriageway between Merthyr and Cardiff.

By train

Merthyr has its own railway station and there is a twice hourly service between Merthyr and Cardiff Central Station.



Merthyr Tydfil makes an excellent base camp for those wishing to see the Brecon Beacons with easier access to transport links and services.


There is a retail park in Merthyr with a wide variety of shops and food outlets. The town centre is mainly pedestrianised and there are some sandwich shops and small cafes with restaurants opening in the evenings.


The town has a variety or restaurants and takeaways mainly located around the town centre or in one of the retail or leisure parks. It mainly offers the usual chains but there are a number of good restaurants offering e.g. Indian food in the evenings.

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