Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
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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 Museum, 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, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Historic house or home, Industrial heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

April-September, Mon - Fri 1000-1730, Sat-Sun 12.00-17.30
October-March, Tues-Fri 1000-1600, Sat-Sun 1200-1600

Admission charges

Adults - £2.00
Over 60s and Students - £1.00
Children (under 16) - Free


  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association
Getting there

Use Postcode CF47 8PA for satnavs.

Just off the A470

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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Cyfarthfa Castle

Make your own Victorian Toy Theatre!

  • 29 — 30 May 2018 11am-4pm

The Victorians loved the theatre and Victorian children often bought or made their own to play with in the house. Come along and make your very own toy theatre. Drop-in workshop so no need to book, waiting times can vary. Runs from 11:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-4:00pm. (Child friendly event)

Most family workshops are free unless a cost a specified, but standard entrance fees apply for over 16’s for all workshops.

For information on entrance fees and opening times or to book, contact us or visit our website: Phone: 01685 727371

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £2.00 entry
Children (16 and under) FREE
Concessions £1.00


Getting there

Use Postcode CF47 8PA for satnavs.

Just off the A470

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




01685 727371

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