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Open Doors - Welsh Mining Experience

About

This site was the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery which was established in the mid 1870s by W T Lewis (later Lord Merthyr).

The present buildings are grouped around three shafts sunk c1880 and c1890. The site closed in 1983 and subsequently has been redeveloped as a Welsh Mining Experience.

The site contains one of the most complete groups of colliery buildings remaining in Wales: 'Listed grade II* as a rare surviving pitbank complete with cover building and particularly rare tippler, for having the oldest headframe remaining in Wales, and for group value in this important colliery complex.'

This event will give families the chance to take part and play in a wide range of traditional games. There'll be some of the old favourites - draughts, dominoes, connect four, card games, marbles, pitching pennies, and many more. Some of the best loved and almost forgotten games are not only terrific fun but are also challenging and involve concentration, strategy and are great fun for all ages. Whether you want to revisit your childhood, or would like younger family members to experience some traditional fun, you are invited to play.

Take the A470 to Pontypridd. At Pontypridd take the A4058 Rhondda Valleys and turn left when you reach Trehafod (brown signs).

Arriva train service to Trehafod Station.

Stagecoach bus service to Trehafod.

Facilities

  • Café
  • Full disabled access
  • Free
  • Parking (free)
  • Toilets