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Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil

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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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  • A lovely water pad and play area for all ages of children. Plenty of walks through the woods . We had a ride on the little railway and walked around the lake. No charge to park.  more »
  • Have visited quite a few times recently for dog walk ; lovely forest walk plenty of paths nice walk around lake and free parking. Have visited museum which was good also have friend with children who ...  more »
  • Great day out! The castle and history of Merthyr is fascinating and all attractions such as the massive park and splash pad are all free! I have just one issue and that is that the splash pad water is...  more »
  • Wonderful historic castle set in well maintained grounds that have plenty to amuse the whole family. Of particular note is the refurbished park with kids splash zone and modern cafe. Or stoll around manicured flower beds, saunter by the lake, take a ride on the miniature railway or play sports on the football and tennis courts. A great family location with most attractions free of charge.
  • Grounds were open, but museum and café closed when it was supposed to be open. Very disappointing.
  • Nice castle, nice park and a modest museum for only a £2 entry (kids free).
  • Good museum covering a very interesting history of the area. Lovely gardens.
  • Great place to chill back with kids Great splash park and modern play park. 😃