Sightseeing tour of the Rhondda Valleys & More
Today's tour takes us to the heart of the Rhondda Valley, visiting:
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|Rhondda Valleys & More
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Please note, refreshments and admissions are not included in the tour price
Today’s tour takes us to the heart of the Rhondda Valley. Our first stop is the village of Treforest, which was once a bustling industrial area, and is today the location of the University of South Wales and is now predominantly a student village. Treforest is also home to ‘The Grogg Shop’. Established in 1965,The World of Groggs is famous worldwide for its unique caricatures of celebrities and characters.
From Treforest we drive uphill to Pontypridd Common, an open space that affords magnificent views across the town and valley. On the common there is a large boulder known as the ‘Rockin Stone’. This stands in the middle of a circle of smaller stones which were constructed by Dr William Price (famed as being the man who pioneered cremation in Great Britain) who performed ceremonies of Druid rites here, along with other believers. From the common, we drop down to the town of Pontypridd, home of the Welsh National Anthem which was penned in this town in 1856 by father and son, Evan James and James James. After visiting the Pontypridd Historical Centre, which is adjacent to the famous Pontypridd bridge, you have free time to explore the town and experience valley life as it is today.
Suitably refreshed we leave Pontypridd and travel to the Rhondda Heritage Park where we learn about the mining communities of the area, gaining a fascinating insight into the culture and character of the valleys. Our drive back to where the tour began takes us through the ancient village of Llantrisant, famous as the home of Dr William Price, who paved the way for the acceptance of cremation in Great Britain. A statue in commemoration of his memory stands in the centre of Llantrisant, known as the Bull Ring.