Bike Park Wales
BikePark Wales is the UK’s first full scale mountain bike park in the heart of the South Wales valleys, built by riders for riders. Built in the Gethin woods, Mountain Bike Wales offers mountain bike trails for all abilities from family to pro lines. The park offers a mini bus service which transports you and your bike up to the top in between rides, providing your legs with a little rest before your next run down.
Bunkhouse Ty Wern is situated on the Taff Trail which is one of the most beautifully scenic cycling and walking routes that Wales has to offer.
Follow the historic Taff Trail from Brecon to Cardiff. The 52 mile (84km) route takes you along some of the most picturesque views of the Welsh valleys and villages along former railway lines, canal paths, tram roads, stunning reservoirs and viaducts.
Cyfarthfa Park & Museum
Built in 1824, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery - described as the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales - was once home to Ironmaster William Crawshay II and his family. It serves as a reminder to the Ironmaster's dominance over the town and the wealth the iron industry brought to the area.
At the castle you can admire the extensive fine and decorative art collections including Swansea, Nantgarw and Wedgwood porcelain and art by Penry Williams - the Welsh Turner, and George Frederick Harris. Stroll through the atmospheric social and industrial history galleries which chart the rise of this once great ironmaking town and learn about Richard Trevithick's Penydarren Locomotive of 1804, the first locomotive to pull a load along rails. Or discover the roots of the Labour movement, from the Merthyr Rising of 1831, and the martyrdom of Dic Penderyn, to the first Labour MP - Keir Hardie.
Pen Y Fan
Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 886 metres above sea-level, it is also the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia.
Joseph Parry's Cottage
4 Chapel Row is a fine example of a typical ironworker's cottage. Built in the 1820's for the workers of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks, the cottage was the birthplace in 1841 of Joseph Parry, Wales best known composer. His much loved 'Myfanwy' is still a favourite of Welsh Male Voice Choirs to this day. The interior of the cottage is set in the 1840's, and shows the living conditions of the ironworkers at the time when he was a young boy.
Brecon Mountain Railway
Travel in one of the all-weather observation coaches behind a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer on one of the most popular railways in Wales.
Big Pit: National Coal Museum
The Big Pit in Blaenavon is one of Wales' best days out. Extremely popular with kids and grown-ups alike, it allows visitors to see what coal mining in the Valleys was really like in the most effective way possible- by letting them descend 300ft down into a real mine, in the company of a former coal miner.
Explore the magnificent Principality Stadium - one of the most impressive icons of modern Wales. Join any of the experienced tour guides and visit highlights such as the Press Conference Suite, and an official ViP hospitality suite. Discover the 2012 Olympic football dressing room and experience the atmosphere before a match in the Dragon’s lair, Wales’ rugby team dressing room. Hear the roar of 74,500 fans as you walk down the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf, and lift the trophy to the skies like a sports star in the President’s Box, an area normally reserved for royalty.
St Fagans: National History Museum
An open-air museum with 40 re-erected buildings that include iron age roundhouses, farmhouses and a medieval church to show you how the people of Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time. St. Fagans is very much a living museum with traditional craftsmen demonstrating in our workshops and mills and a packed programme of events.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Llancaiach Fawr Manor has the advantage of a setting that shows off the best of the Caerphilly countryside. It has rolling hills, lush green grass, peace and quiet, and clear streams. Sometimes lucky visitors even catch sight of red kites cruising far above. The house itself lets people see how the locals lived in the 17th Century, although there are signs of habitation dating back far further. It was built during the turbulent and dangerous Tudor era and is partially fortified.
Garwnant Visitor Centre
Just 5 minutes drive north towards Brecon and you can be at Garwnant Visitor Centre where you can enjoy fresh, local food served in their restaurant and coffee shop or picnic in the forest. There is a childrens play area and low rope course. Here you can also buy your fishing permits to fish in the local reservoir
There are three reservoirs, Beacons Reservoir, Cantref Reservoir and Llwyn On Reservoir situated within a few miles of each other along the main A470 Brecon to Merthyr Tydfil road where you can fly fish for brown trout and rainbow trout. Fishing permits can be bought from Garwnant visitor centre.
Visiting Penderyn Distillery has become one of the most popular things to do in South Wales and is a genuine Welsh tourist attraction. The centre is just 15 minutes drive away from Bunkhouse Ty Wern and well worth the visit
Rock UK Summit Centre
Formerly known as the Welsh International Climbing Centre, it is built on the site of the former Trelewis drift mine which closed in 1989. The Taff Bargoed Development Trust then redeveloped the site into a climbing centre in 1997 turning it into an international climbing centre. The climbing walls are up to 18 metres high with over 180 climbing routes in the main climbing centre plus an additional bouldering area. The centre also has a world class man-made caving system with a waterfall inside it.