Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery

A grey castle surrounded by its grounds and trees
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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".

At the Castle you can admire the extensive fine and decorative art collections, including Swansea, Nantgarw and Wedgwood porcelain. 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; see our 'museum of a museum' including curiosities from around the world - ancient Egyptian grave goods, Greek and Roman artefacts, and Far Eastern decorative arts.

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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

April-September, daily 1000-1730
October-March, Tues-Fri 1000-1600, Sat-Sun 1200-1600

Admission charges


Collection details

Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Music, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

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Arty Parky

  • 31 October 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Get creative and enjoy the great outdoors!
Forage for twigs, leaves, conkers and seeds and help land artist Kate Raggett create a large, outdoor artwork

All participants will get free postcards of the artworks

These are “drop-in” activities - join in at any time throughout the day and stay for as long as you want. The activity is suitable for all ages– young people aged 14 and under should be accompanied by an adult. As events will be taking place outdoors – we advise wearing warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.

The events will take place in most weather (including rain!) however, Head4Arts reserves the right to cancel the event in severe conditions - check our website & social media pages for updates

Cyfle i fod yn greadigol a mwynhau'r awyr agored!
Dewch i chwilio am frigau, dail, concyrs a hadau a helpu'r artist tir Kate Raggett i greu celfwaith awyr agored mawr

Caiff pawb sy'n cymryd rhan gardiau post am ddim o'r celfweithiau

Gweithgareddau "galw heibio" yw'r rhain - gallwch ymuno unrhyw amser yn ystod y dydd ac aros cyhyd ag y dymunwch. Mae'r gweithgaredd yn addas ar gyfer pob oedran - dylai pobl ifanc 14 oed a iau fod yng nghwmni oedolyn. Gan y cynhelir y digwyddiadau yn yr awyr agored, cynghorwn wisgoi dillad cynnes sy'n dal d?r ac esgidiau cryf.

Cynhelir y digwyddiadau yn y rhan fwyaf o amodau tywydd (yn cynnwys glaw!). Fodd bynnag, mae Celf ar y Blaen yn cadw'r hawl i ganslo'r digwyddiad mewn amodau difrifol - edrychwch ar ein gwefan a thudalennau cyfryngau cymdeithasol.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Brecon Road
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8RE




01685 727371


01685 722 146

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