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".
Admire the extensive fine and decorative art collections. Stroll through the atmospheric social and industrial history galleries, which chart the rise of this once great ironmaking town.
Set in beautiful parkland, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Free Admission. Ample Parking. Shop. Tearoom. Disabled access with doorbell via side doorway. Toilets. Group bookings accepted. Guided tours ‘by appointment’.
1st – April – 30th September
Daily: 10am – 5.30pm (Last Admission 5pm)
1st October – 31st March
Tuesday – Friday 10am -4pm
Weekends: Noon – 4pm
For more information on the Museum, please see the Visit Merthyr Tydfil website.
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 Parry was a young boy.
The upstairs galleries house an exhibition about Parry's life and work, and a small section giving further background to Merthyr Tydfil's industrial past.
Free Admission. Parking. Shop. Disabled Access to ground floor with copies of upstairs exhibition available on request. Group bookings accepted. Guided tours ‘by appointment’.
1st April – 30th September. Weekends only. 2pm – 5pm. (Available at other times by pre-booked appointment)
For more information on Joseph Parry's Cottage, please see the Visit Merthyr Tydfil website.
The museum provides a number of facilities and services, some of which are listed below: