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  • 04/12/2022 9:35 am local time

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Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8PA, UK

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    Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery is home to a fantastic collection of artefacts spanning 2,000 years of Merthyr's history.

    Enjoy the elegant surroundings of this interesting museum and once family home, set in beautiful parkland, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

    The museum is a testament to the spirit of the working man, Merthyr's spirit and the story which makes Merthyr so important in history for Wales and Britain as a whole.

    The ‘Ironmaster’ William Crawshay commissioned Cyfarthfa Castle in 1824.  This grand, castellated mansion overlooked his immensely successful ironworks and has been called “the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales”.

    The museum houses the first steam whistle, the first voting ballot box and dresses by Laura Ashley and Julien McDonald.  The surroundings, Cyfarthfa Castle, home to William Crawshay II and family, serve as a reminder to the Ironmasters 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.  This includes 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.  Learn about Richard Trevithick's Penydarren Locomotive of 1804, the first locomotive to pull a load along rails.

    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.

    Finally, see our curiosities from around the world including Ancient Egyptian grave goods.

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    • Monday

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    • Tuesday

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    • Wednesday

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    • Thursday

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    • Friday

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    • Saturday

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    • Sunday

      Closed

    • 04/12/2022 9:35 am local time

    Location

    Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8PA, UK

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