Town Centre Trails
Explore Merthyr Tydfil with Us
Enjoy our series of short town centre trails. Between March and December, we are launching 10 themed walks and we think there is something everyone can enjoy. From the role of women in Merthyr’s rich history to a photography trail, from radical Merthyr to sporting Merthyr and from a children’s trail to a food & drink trail, you’re sure to find something that takes your interest.
All our walking tours are intended to take no more than an hour or at most an hour and a quarter to complete. You can download them here and enjoy the people and places that have made and continue to make Merthyr Tydfil the town and community it is today.
A Petticoat Trail
Find out about the role women have played in the town's rich history. Starting and finishing with St Tydfil herself, the tour includes a couple of redoubtable shopkeepers, a connection to Queen Victoria, some formidable women protesters, links to the coal trade and much more.
A Vision Trail
Take some amazing photos in and around Merthyr Tydfil town centre using just your mobile phone. Follow in the footsteps of local photographer, Richard Jones, see some of the stunning photos he has taken and try a few of your own. Don’t forget to post yours on the We Love Merthyr Facebook page or on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MerthyrTownTrails.
In the Footsteps of Dic Penderyn
Follow in the footsteps of Dic Penderyn, visiting the places where the leaders of the 1831 Merthyr Rising would have met to make their plans and the scenes of several flashpoints during the rebellion. Ask yourself the question – was Dic Penderyn a hero, villain or victim of the rising or indeed a martyr of the Welsh working class?
Off The Rails
Discover all about Merthyr Tydfil and the development of the railways, starting with the town’s role in the very first journey by a steam powered locomotive on rails. It all began with a wager between two powerful Merthyr iron masters, leading to Richard Trevithick’s steam locomotive and ultimately the golden age of steam.