Rhondda Cynon Taff is a county borough in the south of Wales, whose name reflects the rivers Rhondda, Cynon and Taff. The district is one of many in Wales that developed as a result of coal mining and in the 19th century there were more than 60 mines in the Rhondda.
Following the closure of deep mines, large open-cast coal mines were created, but as a result of the recession in coal and steel industries, industrial and commercial regeneration was sought (with the support of the Welsh Development Agency. One of the recent investments include a film studio, headed by Sir Richard Attenborough, which has been given the name of “Valleywood” by locals.
In the past the coal industry badly polluted the rivers and destroyed all the fish life, but this has greatly improved over the years.
This may not be the most popular destination in Wales, but things are improving and positive changes are taking place. Just recently a concert was held at the War Memorial Park in Pontypridd, which saw performances from The Wanted, Starboy Nathan, Twenty Twenty and a certain big star for the future, Dionne Bromfield, whose godmother (Amy Winehouse) died recently.
There are still plenty of things to do in Rhondda Cynon Taff, such as visiting the theatre or cinema, dancing, golf, swimming, parks, museums, walking, cycling and fishing. There are also plenty of quality restaurants, such as the Jamil Indian Restaurant if you are looking for romantic Indian meal or the Trattoria if what you are looking for is a real Italian restaurant in Wales. There are also several cafes and takeaways which cater for all tastes.
There are more than 15 hotels available, plus guest houses, bed and breakfast, self catering and areas for camping. One of the best known hotels is the Blueberry Hotel, located in the heart of the Market Town.
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