Port Talbot

Port Talbot border sunset

Port Talbot is an industrial town in South Wales. It is located in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, part of the traditional county of Glamorgan and has a population of around 35,000.

Get in

By car

Port Talbot is located close to the M4 Motorway

By train

All trains on the London (Paddington) main line to Swansea make a stop in Port Talbot.

Get around

The town has a reliable bus service.


Port Talbot Centre

In the past Port Talbot was not a tourist destination but that is changing rapidly as it now has one of the most popular visitor attractions in Wales - the world renowned Afan Forest Park which is one of the top centres for mountain biking in the world. Port Talbot town itself is a major industrial centre, and the few historic buildings of interest were obliterated in the 60s and 70s to make way for the motorway and other road networks. However, the sea front offers a long beautiful sandy beach (Aberavon) offering views over Swansea Bay. It has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for cleanliness and water quality. Just outside the town is the beautiful Margam country park, the former home of the Talbot Family - the family who introduced the steel making industry to the town and built the harbour to allow import of iron ore. It is now a popular tourist attraction with weddings and functions held at the Orangery. Behind the town is the picturesque pine-clad Afan valley which is home to the second most popular visitor attraction in Wales - the Afan Forest Mountain Bike centre which attracted 650,000 visitors in 2009.


Informal Lido, Port Talbot steelworks



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