Rhondda Cynon Taf
Nestled in the centre of Southern Wales is perhaps the most
famous valley in the world. Once upon a time, the Rhondda Valley
produced the coal that powered the world.
How times change, the pits and heaps have long gone to be replaced
by glorious countryside and great mountain-top views.
There are still reminders of the area's past, not least at the
Rhondda Heritage Park, where in the company of an ex miner you
embark on an Underground Experience tour. Find out what life was
like for the men (and boys) who worked in the mines.
Up above the valley, the views from the mountain tops are
spectacular. There are many walks and routes to follow, not least
from the Dare Valley Country Park. Who knows, they might lead to
historic sites or hidden waterfalls.
The valley actually stretches all the way up to the Brecon
Beacons. And it is here, in the foothills of the mountains
that you will find the tiny village of Penderyn, home to the only
whisky distillery in Wales.
They started production here in 2000 and the first bottle was
released on St David's Day in 2004. It was the first whisky to be
(legally!) produced in Wales since the 19th century. The distillery
is situated on a natural spring and it uses this water, to produce
The visitor centre opened in 2008 and gives visitors a tour
explaining how the distilling process works. Even better, at the
end of the tour you get the chance to sample the whisky (or vodka,
gin or cream liquor that they also produce).
A major new attraction to the region is The Royal Mint
Experience. The mint makes coins and commemorative medals for
around 60 different countries throughout the world, making it the
leading export mint in the world
The Royal Mint Experience gives members of the public a chance to
get behind the scenes and see for themselves the people and
processes that put the pounds and pennies in their pockets.
Download the group travel guide for Rhondda Cynon Taf here.
Alternatively, for more information visit the the Discover RCT website.