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Pontypridd is at the start of the Rhondda Valleys, and was built around the bridge that spanned the River Taff. The current "Old Bridge" dates back to 1756; it took 4 attempts to successfully make what was, for a time, the longest single span bridge in the world.

The town saw millions of tonnes of coal pass through on its way to the coastal port - so busy was the railway that the station platform was the longest in the world. 

The town is also famous for its connection to the Welsh National Anthem (there's a memorial to composers Evan James and James James the composers in Ynysangharad Park) and Sir Tom Jones is the voice of the town.

Town Attractions

Pontypridd Museum

The Groggs Shop and Museum

Pontypridd Common with the Rocking Stones and druid circle

Barry Sidings Country Park

The Old Bridge, Pontypridd

Ynysangharad War Memorial Park

The National Lido Wales, Lido Ponty

Pontypridd Market Quarter

Nearby Attractions (within approximately 5 miles)

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience - Rhondda Heritage Park

Nantgarw China Museum

The Taff Trail

Taff Valley Quad Bike and Adventure Centre

Events Ynysangharad War Memorial Park hosts numerous outdoor, summer events each year, including the two-day Big Welsh Bite in August.

Rhondda Heritage Park Hotel, Porth

The Blueberry Hotel, Pontypridd

Llechwen Hall Hotel, Llanfabon, Nr Pontypridd

Cafes and Restaurants

Around the town there are numerous cafe's and restaurants. The Trattoria is a well known Italian restaurant, and The Bunch of Grapes is a well known gastropub where amazing Welsh produce are used wherever possible.

Pontypridd Indoor Market, now known as The Market Quarter, is a great place to pick up fresh ingredients, Welsh Cakes or to try freshly made street food, for example authentic Chinese cuisine from northern China at the award winning Janet's Northern Chinese


The Taff Trail - that runs from Brecon to Cardiff, following the route taken by the coal and iron on its way to the port. Often follows the route of the canal and early tramroads.

A walk around Pontypridd Common - includes the Rocking Stone and the story of Dr. William Price.

Pontypridd Heritage Trail - explore this fascinating town.

Pontypridd Circular Walk - a 12 mile walk on the hills that surround Pontypridd.

Length of Stay Pontypridd is great for a 2 hour to half day stop, with lots to explore. 
Coach Parking Coach Drop Off: Ynysangharad Park, Bridge Street, Pontypridd CF37 4PE
Coach Parking: Sardis Road Car Park, Sardis Road, Pontypridd CF37 1HA
Toilets  There are public toilets at Pontypridd Bus Station and at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.
Tourist Information and contact for more information Tourist Information is available at the Museum. For more assistance contact the RCT Tourism Team on
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