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Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil

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4.6/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Cyfarthfa Castle a castellated mansion, the former home of the Crawshay family, historical ironmasters of Cyfarthfa Ironworks in Park, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. The house commanded a perfect view of the valley and the works, which ‘at night, offer a truly magnificent scene, resembling the fabled Pandemonium, but on which the eye may gaze with pleasure’. Cyfarthfa loosely translates from the Welsh for ‘place of barking’. The reason is hunting dogs were regularly heard in this area of the town, hunting polecats and weasels among others.Despite appearing superficially to be a fortified building it is a house built in the style of a large mansion with a large kitchen, bake house and dairy; a billiard room, library and a range of stunningly decorated reception rooms. As well as a brew house, icehouse and extensive storage cellars, containing over 15,000 individual bottles of wines and spirits such as Sherry, Champagne, Whiskey, Brandy, Madeira Wine, and over 7,500 bottles of port alone, were all stored here. Adjoining the building were also stable blocks and coach houses. The castle stands in 158acre of parkland, now called Cyfarthfa Park and maintained by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.HistoryIt was designed in 1824 by the architect Robert Lugar for William Crawshay II, and built at a cost of approximately £30,000 using locally quarried stone. The Crawshays lived in the house until 1889; the noise and pollution made Cyfarthfa house unattractive to William; he preferred a site that overlooked the works rather than one that sat within it.
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  • Had a lovely picnic bathing in the sun on the bank infant of the castle. Very relaxing, very tidy and clean around the park! 
  • Interesting museum, good cafe, good gift shop, very helpful staff...all in lovely grounds with a woundeful playground for children 
  • Really liked this Castle (more of a Country House), very interesting museum in the cellar and not too expensive, but the grounds are lovely if you like walking and don't mind the hills. Highly recomme...  read more »
  • It's such a pleasure to go around and right on my doorstep
  • I went to school here, its a lovely looking place with colourful gardens and park areas for children, there is even a lake where people can go fishing. I have happy memories of cyfarthfa castle and recommend a visit.
  • Great castle. Superb outdoor splash area for the children. Very clean and well kept!! Love the place!!
  • Not the biggest museum, but certainly enough to interest the casual visitor
  • Went to school there and loved the experience, made some good friends.Wish it was still a school.
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