Museums and Heritage Sites

You’ll find plenty of reminders of our ancient past in Neath Port Talbot.

Successive waves of people passed through our region and made their mark on our landscapes. The Celts left stone circles, the Romans built forts and the Normans established monasteries.

 

But ultimately, what has defined our area more than anything else had been here the whole time, right under our feet. The abundance of coal in the region, plus being at the forefront of developing new mining technologies during the Industrial Revolution, ensured that the South Wales Coalfield became one of the largest in the world. Coal was also the fuel used for the blast furnaces of the copper and iron works that expanded rapidly in the region too.

 

So, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that many of our museums and heritage centres are dedicated to telling the stories of the places and people that were once at the very heart of industrialisation.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic some local attractions, events and businesses may not be operating as advertised. Please plan ahead. We recommend that you directly contact the places you are intending to visit before traveling to our destination.

 

Let’s all work together to keep each other safe by following Welsh Government guidelines whilst enjoying what the Dramatic Heart of Wales has to offer.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic some local attractions, events and businesses may not be operating as advertised. Please plan ahead. We recommend that you directly contact the places you are intending to visit before traveling to our destination.

 

Let’s all work together to keep each other safe by following Welsh Government guidelines whilst enjoying what the Dramatic Heart of Wales has to offer.

Neath Abbey

Margam Abbey and Stones Museum

South Wales Miners Museum

1940s Swansea Bay

Pontardawe Heritage and Visitor Centre

Neath Abbey Ironworks

National Trust Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall

Cefn Coed Colliery Museum

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