Traveling from Cwmbran to the market town of Pontypridd by train, the journey takes around one hour. Why not relax in comfort, connect to our free onboard Wifi, and catch up with your social media accounts, chart toppers or the latest episode of your favourite soap, while speeding through the glorious Welsh countryside?
Lying just to the north of Cardiff, Pontypridd is bordered by the river valleys of the Taff and Rhondda, which offer some stunning scenery to explore. The River Taff is crossed by the steep arched Old Bridge, a stone construction, once the longest bridge of its type in the world, dating from the 1750s. A second bridge soon joined it, being more suitable for the ponies that were used to haul the coal and iron ore mined in the region.
Pontypridd grew rapidly in both size and wealth during the Industrial Revolution, with employment and trade opportunities encouraging people and money into the area. However, these days the town has gained global fame for a different reason. The Welsh singing sensation Sir Tom Jones OBE was born and grew up in Pontypridd. Thomas John Woodward, as he was known then, was born in June 1940, and his recognisable baritone rumble has taken him around the globe, winning the hearts of millions of fans. Selling more than 100 million records, and gaining recognition for his acting talents, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, he was given a Knighthood in 2005.
As a young boy, one of Tom Jones’ favourite pastimes was swimming and he would often be found at the Pontypridd Lido. This is a much loved piece of the town’s history, and many families still visit for an afternoon by the pool; for the tourist, too, it’s a great chance to experience the joys of lido life. The pool is set within the glorious Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. Perfect for a relaxing stroll, with some beautiful spots that just beg for a picnic to be laid out, the park is also home to an exciting water obstacle course, an innovative footgolf pitch, and other family friendly activities.
Just outside the town of Pontypridd is the Welsh Mining Experience. Set in the Rhondda Heritage Park, this is a great opportunity to experience life as it was for many during the Industrial Revolution. Mining was dark, dirty and dangerous work, and this hands-on, interactive attraction allows you to tour the original mines in safety, and learn about life below ground. Educational and exciting for kids and adults alike, it’s a great way to end your day in Pontypridd.
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