It’s home to the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty and the Welsh Mining Experience, two of the most popular attractions in South Wales.
These award-winning experiences are practically within walking distance of each other and surrounded by beautiful country parks, open spaces, mountain walks and more to explore.
Lido Ponty is open every day of the summer holidays – book your swim online up to seven days in advance.
Enjoy three, heated open air pools, including inflatable activities and a shallow splash pool for toddlers.
Don’t rush off at the end of your swim, take time to visit the exhibition upstairs and explore the Lido Play adventure playground.
The wider surroundings of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park are stunning, with acres of open space to explore and plenty of space for a picnic.
Just a few miles north of Pontypridd is the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park.
Built on the site of the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, this award-winning experience brings the epic international story of coal mining in the Rhondda to life – told by the same men who once worked hundreds of metres underground.
Join them as they share their personal experiences and memories as guides on the Black Gold Underground Tour. Be fitted for your miners’ helmet and dare to ride DRAM! The cinematic experience.
Take time to explore the interactive exhibitions detailing traditions, clothing and lifestyles of mining communities. Enjoy the on-site café and gift shop and make sure you check out the Chocolate House and Craft of Hearts to see what activities they have on.
Welsh Mining Experience is on the doorstep of the stunning Barry Sidings Countryside Park and you can walk through the park and into Pontypridd if you choose.
It has lakes, an adventure playground, an exceptional on-site café, bike hire, pump tracks and mountain trails.
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