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Rhondda Cynon Taff Tourist Information
Home of the Welsh Valleys

Rhondda Cynon Taff is a pretty county found in South Wales and home to no less than five valleys, these include the Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach Valleys (known simply as 'The Rhondda'), the Ely Valley, the Cynon Valley, and the Taff Valley.

Visitors will find a wide variation of shops to purchase everything from unique gifts and crafts to clothes, antiques and fishing tackle. There is certainly plenty of choice when it comes to finding somewhere to eat, with welcoming pubs that serve mouth-watering homemade food and wonderful individual eateries spread throughout the villages and town's of Aberdare, Ferndale, Llantrisant, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd, Porth, Tonypandy, and Treorchy.

The county of Rhondda Cynon Taff is surrounded by Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly to the East, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to the South, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot to the West and Powys to the North.

Geographically, Rhondda Cynon Taff is ideally positioned for exploring South Wales, and as the Northern end lies partly within the Brecon Beacons National Park it's perfect for checking out the park's beautiful and diverse landscape and wealth of outdoor activities.

There's so much to see and do
There are lots of walking and cycling trails which crisscross the local landscape, as well as opportunities for horse riding in the Dare Valley Country Park. Between the Rivers Rhondda and Taff and the Penderyn and Ystradfellte Reservoirs, anglers can enjoy some good fishing for salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout.

Golfers are also well catered for in Rhondda Cynon Taff with five golf courses available and all located on the eastern side of the county, these include Mountain Ash Golf Club, Aberdare Golf Club, Pontypridd Golf Club, Llantrisant and Pontyclun Golf Club, and last but not least Rhondda Golf Club.

The county has various fun and interesting visitor attractions to suit all ages. Pontypridd is home to Lido Ponty, a Grade II listed lido which houses three heated swimming pools and an adventure play park - It's the only one of its kind in Wales. Also in Pontypridd is Rhondda Heritage Park, it offers visitors an interesting insight into mining and the daily hazards miners encountered whilst carrying out their jobs, there is an above ground tour and an underground tour guided by ex-miners. Located in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park is the only distillery in Wales, here the Penderyn Whisky Distillery Visitor Centre tells of the history of whisky making in Wales and it shows the distillation process, then finally, on to the tasting room to sample Penderyn Single Malt Whisky. In the South East of the county in the village of Nantgarw is Nantgarw China Works Museum, run by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers, they provide information on the history of pottery as well as showing the process of making pottery, there is also a fine collection of Nantgarw China on display in the museum.

In the North of Rhondda Cynon Taff is the 500-acre Dare Valley Country Park, it has a network of countryside walks and trails, an interactive visitor centre, as well as its own camping and caravan site, there is also a wealth of wildlife to be found around the park.

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