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Postcode: CF44 | code search
Population: 4000
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Hirwaun in Rhondda Cynon Taff lies at the northwest end of the Cynon Valley, to the south of The Brecon Beacons national park. Just four miles from Aberdare, this historic, coalfield town has a long industrial history. From the C18th, this was the site of a renowned ironworks whose demand for fuel led to expansion in the mining industry. Indeed Hirwaun was the site of Tower colliery the last deep coal mine worked in Wales. Bought by the workers, it continued operation until early 2008. Hirwaun has strong associations with socialism - during the Merthyr rising in 1831, a sheet dipped in sheep’s blood was raised on Hirwaun common – the symbolic, first, red flag. Today, many visitors come to this area to explore the diversity of the Fforest Fawr geopark which covers the western side of the national park and contains mountains, moorland, woods and meadows. During May & June, to coincide with Europe’s Geoparks fortnight, all sorts of events are scheduled here; catering for those who just want to experience the natural beauty to those educationalists who use this as an outdoor classroom. 2008 also sees the 150th anniversary celebrations of the founding of St Lleurwg's church in Hirwaun.

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Ty Newydd Country Hotel (1.01 miles)

The Ty Newydd Country Hotel is set at the end of a lengthy drive off the A4059 on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The house was originally built by the coal baron, ... More | visit website
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Beili Helyg Guest House (2.69 miles)

Beili Helyg Guest House
Welcome to the Beili Helyg Guest House, we provide luxurious and very comfortable 4* Bed & Breakfast accommodation and self guided walks in Wales. The guest rooms are in renovated 18th Century stone farm buildings in ... More | visit website
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Premier Inn Aberdare (4.73 miles)

Premier Inn Aberdare

Ideally located within easy reach of the M4. For shops and local amenities Aberdare town centre is only 3 miles away. Local attractions include Michael Sobell sports centre and Brecon beacons. Conveniently located for Aberdare ... More | visit website

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Llwyn Onn Guest House (4.97 miles)

Llwyn Onn Guest House

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Llwyn Onn Guest House is in an idyllic setting overlooking the Llwyn Onn reservoir in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. It has been converted to accommodation of a high ... More

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Castle Hotel (5.68 miles)

Castle Hotel
A warm welcome awaits you at The 3 star Castle Hotel. Ideally located in the historic industrial town of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. Offering a comfortable and contemporary design, the four storey hotel boasts ... More | visit website
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Tregenna Hotel (5.72 miles)

Tregenna Hotel

A family run hotel offering the very best in accommodation, food and service. Tregenna has a highly regarded restaurant locally, and is regularly booked out on Saturday & Sunday lunch.
Every effort is made to ... More | visit website

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Travelodge Merthyr Tydfil (5.74 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Premier Inn Merthyr Tydfil (6.24 miles)

Conveniently situated opposite Pentrebach train station, this Premier Inn is located on the outskirts of Brecon Beacons National Park. Cardiff city centre is just a 25 minute drive away. Our Merthyr Tydfil Premier Inn has everything ... More | visit website
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Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel (6.39 miles)

Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel

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There aren't many places that can offer the Nant Ddu Lodge's blend of easy informality and standards of excellence.
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Bessemer Hotel (6.71 miles)

Bessemer Hotel

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Perfectly situated within the Valley and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the hotel’s position allows easy access to many of the sites of interest in the area. A ... More

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