Big Pit Mining Museum, Blaenavon. Definitely a site not to miss.
Here you can go deep under ground and experience at first hand what life was like for the coal miner and the pit ponies.
You will be taken down a 90 metre shaft in a miners cage and guided around the underground workings by an ex-collier.
Their commentary and stories are riveting and funny… and its all free! Get there early to avoid a queue Tel: 01495 790311
Blaenavon lies at the edge of the “South Wales Coalfield”. The working mines have long since disappeared but Blaenavon and the surrounding district has capitalised on the heritage… Visit “Stack Square” and get the feel of how people lived hereabouts 200 years ago when this was a hive of dramatic industrial activity.
Visit Pwll Du & the Keepers Pond and see the very places where iron was dug from the earth, where limestone was quarried, where a network of tramroads meandered around the hillsides and eventually connected with canal far below …its all there to be seen …take a walk in some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll ever visit.
25 minutes drive
Brecon Mountain Railway, three miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. Travel in all-weather observation coaches behind a vintage steam locomotive past Taf Fechan Reservoir in the headwaters of the Taff valley.
See the very heart of the National Park in comfort on one of the most popular railways in Wales. The 7 mile round trip takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in the National Park.
Less than 30 minute drive through fantastic scenery where you can take some lovely deviations and walks.
Llanthony Abbey, in the heart of the Black Mountains.
A wonderful afternoon’s drive via Abergavenny, up the Grwynne Valley? and on over the Gospel Pass to Hay on Wye.
This is the area featured in Bruce Chatwin’s famous novel and film “On the Black Hill”
Built close to the England – Wales border it saw fierce combat and bloodshed. It is undoubtedly the finest medieval fortress in Britain and is well worth a visit. Tel: 01291 690228
Less than half an hours drive
Caerleon Roman Fortress, near Newport. NP18 1AE
Tel. 01633 422518
This historic site – or Isca as it was known in Roman times was one of only three permanent fortresses in Roman Britain. It has remains of an amphitheatre, which had a capacity of 6000 and is said to be Britain’s most revealing Roman site.
The barrack blocks accommodating 5,500 soldiers are the only ones of their kind in Europe. Close by is the Caerwent Roman Town – Tel. 01443 336000 – also managed by Cadw (The Welsh Assembly Government’s historic environment service).
Less than half an hour’s drive.
There are several waterfalls to be seen after a 15 – 20 minute walk from the caves.
The most spectacular is Scwd yr Eira, where you can walk behind the waterfall itself; a very dramatic setting with the River Hepste thundering over your head into a deep plunge pool. Sturdy footwear is advisable as the path can be uneven and slippery.
Less than 40 min drive
Dan-yr-Ogof – The National Showcaves of Wales. Truly spectacular; visit three separate cave systems, an iron age farm, dinosaur park, shire horse centre, dry ski slope and much more.
Tel: 01639 730284 and a host of other attractions… the kids will love the dinosaurs. A 40 minute drive
The quaint little town of Hay on Wye – the largest collection of second hand book shops in the World. 35 minute drive. Well worth a visit.