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The Childhood Trail

The ‘Childhood Trail’ will take you around the town of Taibach where Richard lived throughout his childhood and teenage years.

Passing the houses where he lived and the shops, park and library in which he frequented, you will get the sense of his local roots in which he was very proud. An unpublished poem written by Richard is featured within a dedicated flowerbed in Talbot Memorial Park.

Trail Facts

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 1.5 miles / 2.5km
Start: Talbot Memorial Park
Allow: 40 minutes for the complete walk

Please note there are no public car parks near Talbot Memorial Park.  Street parking is available in the surrounding streets; please do not block driveways or lane entrances.

Points of Interest

  • Richard Burton Memorial Flowerbed in Talbot Memorial Park.
  • Taibach Library.
  • Filco supermarket, previously Taibach Co-operative Wholesale Society.
  • Smyrna Baptist Chapel, previously Noddfa Welsh Congregational Chapel.
  • Taibach Rugby Club.
  • Gibeon Welsh Congregational Chapel.
  • Eastern Primary school.
  • Caradoc Street.
  • Connaught Street.
  • Dyffryn Lower Comprehensive School.

Trails Leaflet

The Richard Burton trails leaflet contains maps and directions on how to follow the two Richard Burton trails.

How to Join the Trail

Directions to Talbot Memorial Park

Exit the M4 (J40), on the roundabout follow the direction of Port Talbot.  Take the first turning left; you are now on Park Lane (North of Talbot Memorial Park) where street parking is available.  From there, you can then take the first right onto Theodore Road, follow the road to the end where further street parking is available.

Public Transport

Buses go to Talbot Memorial Park.  For public transport information call 0871 200 22 33 or visit

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