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Studios at Glenthorne
Five minutes drive from the centre of the historic town of Merthyr Tydfil is Glenthorne self catering Studio or b&b, a lovely Victorian house formally a convent and now a family home. Glenthorne offers serviced self catering studios with the option of a delicious continental breakfast with eggs from our own free-range chickens.
Ideally situated for cyclists(Bike Park Wales is less than a 10 minute drive) and walkers with both the Taff Trail and the Brecon Beacons close by.
The studios offer a stylish ensuite, along with a modern kitchen including a washing machine and drying and ironing facilities.
We have washing and secure parking available for cycles.
Only 5 minutes walk away is the 160 acre Cyfarthfa Park, along with the castle, art gallery and museum.
About Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil is an official Heritage Town with a plethora of historical sites and a rich social and cultural history. Underneath the Football Ground at Penydarren Park are the remains of a 1st Century Roman Auxiliary Fort, but the oldest intact historical site open to visitors is the ruins of the 13th Century Norman Morlais Castle. These ruins comprise the last remaining room of the Castle a rib-vaulted basement room as well as remains of the outer wall, towers, and moat. The ruins sit above the 18-hole Morlais Castle Golf Course, giving golfers a wonderful view. The Castle provides a great vantage point over the Merthyr Tydfil area, providing great views for walkers and golfers.
The majority of Merthyrs heritage sites date from the Industrial Revolution era. Small scale coal mining and iron working industries had existed in Merthyr since the Tudor period, but the Industrial Revolution transformed the area completely. Four enormous Ironworks were built in Merthyr in quick succession in the 18th Century: The Dowlais Ironworks opened in 1759; The Plymouth Ironworks (named after the Earl of Plymouth who owned the land) opened in 1763, The Cyfarthfa Ironworks in 1765, and the Penydarren Ironworks in 1784. Six of the original blast furnaces of the giant Cyfarthfa Ironworks still stand today, and are accessible to visitors, providing an enticing link to the past for those interested in local and industrial history. Another remnant of the Cyfarthfa works is Pont-y-Cafnau (the Bridge of Troughs), which is the oldest iron railway bridge in the world. This isnt Merthyrs only world first: The worlds first steam locomotive Cornishman Richard Trevithicks Iron Horse - took its first journey in Merthyr, carrying 10 tons of iron for almost 10 miles from the Penydarren Ironworks to Abercynon. Trevithicks Tunnel, the oldest railway tunnel in the world, is open to tourists and is located in the Pentrebach area of Merthyr.
Living conditions in Merthyr during the Industrial Revolution era were atrocious, leading Thomas Carlyle to describe the people of Merthyr as such "unguided, hard-worked, fierce, and miserable-looking sons of Adam I never saw before. Ah me! It is like a vision of Hell, and will never leave me, that of these poor creatures broiling, all in sweat and dirt, amid their furnaces, pits, and rolling mills." Meanwhile, the Ironmasters lived in a luxury divorced from the lives of the ordinary people of Merthyr: Cyfarthfa Castle, built by the Crawshay family in 1824, is a massive mansion situated in 128 acres of parkland within the town boundaries of Merthyr Tydfil. These days, the Castle houses a museum and art gallery, with a fantastic collection which traces 2000 years of Merthyrs history. The living conditions of the industrial era led to a long period of strong political activism in Merthyr, starting with the Merthyr Rising of 1831 in which local hero Dic Penderyn became famous as a working class martyr. The Reform Act of 1832 was partly a response to the Merthyr Rising, but dissatisfaction with the Act led to the birth of the Chartist movement, and the movement was especially strong in Merthyr as well as nearby Newport. Given its history of radical politics, it is unsurprising that the first Labour MP Keir Hardie represented Merthyr Tydfil.
Merthyr Tydfil is in a great location for exploring South Wales, being only 20 miles from Cardiff and all of its attractions, 30 miles from Newport, and 30 miles from Swansea and the Gower peninsula, the first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. It is 18 miles from Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon, but Merthyr sits on the doorstep of the gorgeous Brecon Beacons National Park. The Taff Trail, a 55 mile walking and cycling path stretching from Brecon to Cardiff Bay, passes through the centre of Merthyr, but if you are a cyclist who likes a little more excitement, then Bike Park Wales at Gethin Woods just outside Merthyr is the place for you. Bike Park Wales opened in 2013 and is the first mountain bike park in the UK, with both gentle and extreme routes for you to choose from.
There are many tourist sites worth visiting in the area: The historic market town of Abergavenny; the Norman 13th Century Caerphilly Castle, the first concentric castle and second largest castle in Britain; St. Fagans open-air National History Museum; The Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenafon, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site; The National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, at the site of one of only three permanently manned Roman forts in Roman Britain; or any one of dozens of castles, country parks, lakes, or outdoor activity centres! Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world, as well as 45 blue flag beaches, and thousands of acres of unspoiled natural beauty, so there is no shortage of things to do!
We look forward to meeting you!