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Merthyr Tydfil – The Town the Romans helped to Develop!
Records indicate that people started living in Merthyr Tydfil around 1000 BC (The Celts). Although others visited the area, it wasn’t until the arrival of the Romans that any real development occurred. The Romans built an auxiliary fortress at Penydarren and whilst their presence was strongly resisted initially, trade between the two developed later.
After the departure of the Romans, the area saw an influx of Saxons, followed by the Normans around the 11th century. Yet, a permanent settlement in Merthyr Tydfil did not really appear until the latter part of the Middle Ages. During the peak of its industrial period, Merthyr Tydfil was one of the most populated towns in Wales.
One of Merthyr Tydfil’s more unusual claims to fame was the accidental discovery, while testing a new treatment for angina, of the drug’s ability to produce an interesting side effect to enhance blood circulation.
Reasons to visit Merthyr Tydfil
With a good percentage of the Borough lying within the Brecon Beacons National Park, Merthyr Tydfil offers some beautiful scenery.
One of the many attractions is the Cyfarthfa Castle and Park. The castle was built in 1824 at a cost of £30,000 (you couldn’t buy a flat for that money nowadays). The Brecon Mountain Railway is ideal for the family, where you can enjoy the scenery and the pleasure of a steam vintage locomotive at the same time.
There are also many museums, parks and places for sporting activities, such as: Cricket, Boxing, Football, Golf and Rugby.
Entertainment and Dining in Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil has quality restaurants, lots of pubs and fast food places to cater for every need. The Nant Ddu Lodge is well known for its traditional and creative dishes and is a hotel as well.
Much of the entertainment at night revolves around pubs, and the Theatre Royal only offers bingo at the moment.
Accommodation in Merthyr Tydfil
There are B&Bs and Guest Houses, Self Catering holiday cottages, Caravan and Camping sites and Hotels. There are at least 8 good hotels in Merthyr Tydfil, such as the Premier Inn and the Nant Ddu Lodge (previously mentioned).