From Abergavenny to Pontypridd takes around one-and-a-half hours, allowing you to relax in perfect comfort as you speed through the Welsh countryside.
From Abergavenny to Pontypridd takes around one-and-a-half hours, allowing you to relax in perfect comfort as you speed through the Welsh countryside. Connect to our free onboard Wifi and catch up with work - if you really must, or enjoy the music of Pontypridd’s number one son - the great Tom Jones! Known by locals as Ponty and lying 12 miles north of Cardiff, Pontypridd is between the stunning Rhondda and Taff valleys, where these rivers merge to make one great river flowing onwards to the sea. Closely tied to the coal and iron industries, in the 19th century, the town was thriving and became known as ‘the Wild West’. Now, Ponty is home to numerous family-friendly activities, making it a popular destination for tourists.
Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE, better known as the superstar Tom Jones, has come a long way from those early days but has never forgotten his Welsh roots. Born in Pontypridd in 1940, his recognisable "full-throated, robust baritone" has taken him across the pond to Las Vegas, and all around the globe, earning him sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide, and numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Grammy and Brit Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 and given a knighthood in 2005.
With impressive collections, Pontypridd Museum tells the story of the region, from its Neolithic past to the modern town. With a year-round programme of events and shows, this museum-cum-art-gallery has something to suit every taste. But for something altogether cuter, the Pit Pony Sanctuary is well worth a visit. Providing a caring, safe home to needy neddies, this charity encourages visitors to mix with the ponies, so get hands-on with these fortunate animals. They even offer sponsorship, complete with free gifts and posters of your chosen equine chum - perfect for a pony mad child, or adult!
For the full-on retail experience, Pontypridd Market showcases local artists and craft workshops, and if you’re after something unusual for a gift, you’ll certainly find it here. Hand-tooled leather, studio pottery, and silver jewellery vie for your attention with beautifully cosy knitwear, and delicious delicacies, such as clotted cream fudge and Welsh shortbread.
Treat yourself for the journey home to Abergavenny, sinking into the comfortable seats. Our downloadable app allows access to all our special offers, including discounts on group travelcards and the flexible Anytime tickets.