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.
The Old Bridge, Pontypridd
|Nearby Attractions (within approximately 5 miles)||
A Welsh Coal Mining Experience - Rhondda Heritage Park
|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 TourismEnquiry@rctcbc.gov.uk.|