Top 10 things to do in Pontypridd
So, what does the valleys market town really have to offer? Read our top 10 picks.
1) Pontypridd Indoor Market
Thanks to recent developments, Ponty’s famous market is slowly regaining it’s vibrance. With an award-winning Chinese restaurant and an iconic welsh cake stall, there’s no better way to embrace the town.
2) Pontypridd Museum
With a collection of over 16,000 objects, immerse yourself in the history of how a quiet Valleys community was transformed to a thriving industrial town at the heart of the South Wales coalfield.
3) Ynysangharad War Memorial Park
Home to the National Lido of Wales, the famous statue of Evan James and James James and the industrial themed play area, the iconic park is at the heart of the town. It is the perfect spot for picnics, hosts weekly park runs and always has dogs playing in the fields.
4) Lido Ponty (National Lido of Wales)
With 3 heated swimming pools and fantastic facilities, Lido Ponty is the perfect day out for social or dedicated swimmers. Look out for the original turnstiles and cubicles, a state-of-the-art Visitors’ Centre or enjoy a bite to eat in the newly built cafe.
5) The Tom Jones Walk
Take a walk through Treforest to see where it all started. Head to Laura Street to see where the singing sensation was brought up and discovered his talent!
6) Pontypridd Common
Aside from a scenic walk, here you’ll find the historic Rockingstones which have been used for public gatherings and local bardic ceremonies since 1814. The iconic roundhouses are a sight to behold too!
7) World of Groggs
The famous red-bricked Grogg Shop is a must visit. A unique family business, famous for hand sculpted figurines of rugby and screen legends and other quirky Welsh souvenirs!
8) Rhondda Heritage Park
Based on the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery site, the simulated Black Gold Experience Underground Tour will tell the history of life underground. You can also take a virtual ride which has some surprises in store.
9) The Prince's
You haven’t been to Ponty without visiting the iconic Princes Café which has stood for over 70 years! Their custard slices are the best in town and the nostalgic tearoom is the perfect spot to enjoy a slice of classic corned beef pasty or a Chelsea bun!
10) The Bunch of Grapes
Dating back to the 19th century, this pub and restaurant is renowned for its Welsh-influenced dishes sourced seasonally and locally from Welsh producers and their selection of beers from independent breweries. In recent years, it has become an award-winning gastropub and is a hot spot for locals and travellers alike.