Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall - National Trust

Neath SA10 8EU


Famous waterfall and fascinating industrial site with tin workers' exhibition Set in a steep gorge, this place demonstrates the power of water and its impact on industry. Our film 'Reflections on Tin' traces its 400-year history, from 1584, including a visit by the famous artist JMW Turner. An early water-powered tin works was the last industry here. Today the waters of the River Dulais are used to make Aberdulais Falls self-sufficient in environmentally friendly energy.

Cefn Coed Colliery Museum

Blaenant Colliery Site, Neath Road, Crynant
Neath SA10 8SN


Located near the village of Crynant in the Dulais Valley five miles north of Neath, Cefn Coed Colliery Museum tells the story of coal mining at Cefn Coed pit, once the deepest anthracite coal mine in the world. Cefn Coed was one of the most dangerous coalmines in Wales, gaining the nickname 'The Slaughterhouse'.

Cowbridge & District Museum

Town Hall Cells, Town Hall
Cowbridge CF71 7DD


A former house of correction, this historic building still retains many interesting features. The Mayor's Parlour contains the well which was used to supply male prisoners with water. The Council Chamber has a facsimile of the 1421 Charter, an oil painting of the Cowbridge Seal used from 1762 to 1887, a copy of the Grant of Arms of 1888 and boards listing past Mayors, Town Clerks and Honorary Freemen.

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Brecon Road
Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8RE


The 'Ironmaster' William Crawshay commissioned Cyfarthfa Castle in 1824. This grand castellated mansion overlooked his immensely successful ironworks and has been called, 'the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales'. At the castle you can admire the extensive fine and decorative art collections, including Swansea, Nantgarw and Wedgwood porcelain.

Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery

Depot Road, Gadlys
Aberdare CF44 8DL


Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery opened in 2001 and is situated on the outskirts of Aberdare in the South Wales valleys. Developed with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum and gallery are situated on the site of the 19th century Gadlys Ironworks. Discover two hundred years of the valley's history - take an interactive journey through the 'Footprints through Time' gallery to see how the lives of the people of the Cynon Valley have changed.

Egypt Centre

Swansea University, Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP


The Egypt Centre houses an important collection of Egyptian antiquities. The museum, officially opened in September 1998, has a collection of over 3,000 Egyptian antiquities once owned by the manufacturing pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936).

Joseph Parry's Cottage & Museum

4 Chapel Row, Georgetown
Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1BN


4 Chapel Row is a fine example of a typical ironworker's cottage. Built in the 1820s for the workers of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks, the cottage was the birthplace in 1841 of Joseph Parry, Wales best known composer.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Plas Llancaiach Fawr, Nelson
Treharris CF46 6ER


The peaceful, rural setting of Llancaiach Fawr Manor gives no clue to the turmoil of its early years nor to the exciting living history it now portrays. Built in 1530 for Dafydd ap Richard it was designed to be easily defended during the turbulent reigns of Tudor kings and queens. By the start of the Stuart dynasty the Prichards had prospered and the house was extended in 1628 to demonstrate their status.

Nantgarw China Works Museum

Tyla Gwyn
Nantgarw CF15 7TB


The museum is housed in Nantgarw House where a collection of Nantgarw China is on display. While visiting the museum you can find out where this now world famous porcelain was made.

National Waterfront Museum

Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter
Swansea SA1 3RD


The National Waterfront Museum tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years. The Industrial Revolution in Wales had a tremendous effect on People, Communities and Lives as well as that of the rest of the World. Visitors can soak up the history with a breathtaking mix of old and new in the city's rapidly developing maritime quarter.

Pontypridd Museum & Art Gallery

Bridge Street
Pontypridd CF37 4PE


Housed in a converted chapel built in 1861, the centre tells the story of the town and its people. A new audio-visual programme explains the origins of the chapels and traces the influence of Welsh Dissent at home and overseas.

Porthcawl Museum

Old Police Station, John Street
Porthcawl CF36 5DT


Porthcawl Museum is located in the Old Police Station, which was used as a working police station from 1877 to its closure in 1974. Our collections include social, maritime and military history (particularly that of the 49th Recce Regiment, formed in Porthcawl in 1942), Victorian costumes and artefacts, railway history (of the DLPR, dating from 1825, and the GWR).

Rhondda Heritage Park

Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Road
Trehafod CF37 2NP


The Rhondda Heritage Park based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, is one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales and provides a fun and interesting day out for individuals, groups, school children and students. The Black Gold Tour features a fully guided tour with ex-miner guides and involves multimedia presentations, a tour of the pit head buildings and a trip 'underground' to experience the life of a coal miner.

Royal Mint Museum

Pontyclun CF72 8YT


The Royal Mint Museum's aims are to advance the education of the public in the history of coins and medals, and the history of the Royal Mint.

South Wales Miners' Museum

Afan Forest Park, Cynonville
Port Talbot SA13 3HG


Visit the museum and find yourself being taken on a historical journey back in time. The Museum portrays the working life of a miner and the hardship adults and children had to endure. The Museum is made up of both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Outdoor exhibits include a the Blacksmith Shop, Lamp Room and an Engine House.

South Wales Police Museum

Police Headquarters, Cowbridge Road
Bridgend CF31 3SU


We tell the story of policing in South Wales from the Celts right through to the present day and hold one of the largest collections of police memorabilia outside London. Virtual tour includes the Edwardian charge room and our resident inmate Isaac Martin in his cell. See a glimpse of some of the fascinating objects on display in their original setting.

Swansea Museum

Museum Square, Victoria Road, Maritime Quarter
Swansea SA1 1SN


Swansea Museum is the oldest museum in Wales. The collections contain all kinds of objects from the past of Swansea, Wales and the rest of the world. We have everything from an Egyptian mummy to a Welsh Kitchen, displayed in six galleries.

Winding House

Cross Street
New Tredegar NP24 6EG


The Winding House is the museum for Caerphilly County Borough. Inside the striking new building you can unearth the hidden history of Caerphilly County Borough, explore our latest exhibition, research your family's past, take part in one of our many events, discover the Victorian Winding Engine, eat, drink and shop.