museums and attractions

Attractions in Wales

Wales was once home to a huge range of industrial activities – coal mining, iron working, slate quarries and the products were moved by railway or canal. It's all here – scenic narrow gauge railways, including the newly-opened Welsh Highland Railway, the National Slate Museum, Big Pit Mining Museum, Blaenavon Ironworks plus lots more. The scenery is great too!

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across Wales.

Robert Owen Museum

The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB.
Tel: 01686 625 544.

  • Part disabled access

Houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to the life of Robert Owen. In his late twenties, Owen became a partner and manager…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

The Old Station, Tintern

The Old Station, Tintern, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, NP16 7NX.
Tel: 01291 689 566.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Set in 10 acres of riverside meadow with stunning views. The old Victorian waiting room is home to a multi-award winning tea room. A small museum display…

Railways / Railway Museum

Rhiw Valley Light Railway

Lower House Farm, Manafon, Nr Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8BJ.
Tel: 0000.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments

The railway is built to 15in. gauge and runs for approximately ¾ mile around Lower House Farm alongside the River Rhiw. Founded in 1970 by Jack Woodroffe,…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Carew Cheriton Control Tower

Carew Airfield, Carew, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, SA70 8SX.
Tel: 0000.

  • Parking

Take a trip back in time and visit our unique restored WWII control tower, discover what it was like hiding in an air raid shelter in a bombing raid and…

Transport / Aircraft

Copper Kingdom

The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch Port, Anglesey/Sir Fon, LL68 9HE.
Tel: 01407 830 298.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Award winning heritage centre based in Amlwch Port, and houses a number of interactive displays which help describe the history of copper mining in the…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Sail Loft

The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch Port, Anglesey/Sir Fon, LL68 9HE.
Tel: 01407 830 298.

  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The museum contains a range of displays and artefacts associated with the maritime history of Amlwch Port. It has an unusual sloping floor which it is…

Transport / Maritime

Swansea Museum Collections Centre

Liberty Stadium (opposite), Cross Valley Link Road, Landore, Swansea, SA1 2JT.
Tel: 01792 653 763.

  • Parking

Collection is housed on the former Hafod/Morfa Copper Works site in Landore in a building which dates back to about 1830. In the mid-19th century this…

Transport / Road

Aber Valley Heritage Museum

Gwern Avenue, Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Cardiff, CF83 4HA.
Tel: 02920 830 445.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The Universal Colliery in Senghenydd was the scene of the largest mining disaster in British history, when in 1913, 440 men and boys (including one rescue…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Llangollen Wharf

Wharf Hill, Llangollen, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, LL20 8TA.
Tel: 01978 860 702.

  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Horse-drawn boats trips available on the picturesque Llangollen Canal from Llangollen Wharf.

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Llangollen Canal, Trevor, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, LL20 7YG.
Tel: 01978 292 015.

Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, it is 307m (1,007ft) long, 3-4m (11ft) wide and 1.6m (5.25ft) deep. It is a navigable aqueduct that carries…

Open Access

Chirk Aqueduct

Off Castle Road, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5BS.
Tel: 0000.

21m (70ft) high and 220m (710ft) long aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley and which marks the border between Wales and…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways / Open Access

Newport Transporter Bridge

Stephenson Street, Newport, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, NP20 2JG.
Tel: 01633 656 656.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The bridge is one of only six operational transporter bridges left world wide from a total of twenty constructed. It opened in 1906 and has dominated the…

Transport / Road

Parc Tondu Victorian Ironworks

The Engine House, Parc Tondu, Maesteg Road, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 9TF.
Tel: 01656 722 315.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The best preserved Victorian Ironworks in Wales. Now developed into a heritage park for those wishing to learn more about the importance of the iron making…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Dylife Lead Mines

Off B4518, Dylife, Powys, .
Tel: 00.

A large complex with a spectacular waterwheel installed called Rhod Goch or Red Wheel, it had a diameter of 63ft and a width of 31/2ft it was one of the…

Open Access

Pont y Cafnau

Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, .
Tel: 01685 727 474.

Located just below the confluence of the Afon Taf Fawr and the Afon Taf Fechan rivers, it is now used as a public footpath. This cast iron aqueduct (1793),…

Open Access

Melingriffith Water Pump

Ty Mawr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF14 2BH.
Tel: 029 2044 5900.

A ‘water lift engine’, the only one left in the world. Installed in the 1790s to a design by Jessop & Rennie, it lifted water from the tailrace exiting…

Open Access

Cyfarthfa Iron & Steelworks

Off Swansea Road, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, .
Tel: 01685 727 371.

The impressive remains that can still be seen are of the six massive blast furnaces. A large brick arch, which is still standing, was built to bridge the…

Open Access

Penderyn Quarry Line

Penyard Road, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, .
Tel: 01874 623 366.

The line dates from the mid-1780s when a horse-drawn tramway was built on a gentle gradient. The horses hauled trams from the quarry to the blast furnaces…

Open Access

Tawe River Navigation Heritage Trail

Oystermouth Road, Swansea, Swansea, .
Tel: 00.

Starts at the ‘National Waterfront Museum’, which is best arrived at by using the Park & Ride service to the city centre. With so much to see among…

Open Access

Trevithick Trail

From Merthyr Tydfil, to Abercynon, Merthyr Tydfil, .
Tel: 01685 727 474.

Explore the ‘Trevithick Trail’ that includes the ‘Trevithick Tunnel’, and enjoy a walk through history surrounded by nature’s beauty as it nestles…

Open Access

Talgarth Mill

The Mill House, The Square, Talgarth, Powys, LD3 0BW.
Tel: 01874 711 352.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Renovated working Flour Mill in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Open for tours, flour sales and milling courses. There is a cafe and bakery on site providing…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Heath Park Miniature Railways & Tramway

Heath Park, King George V Drive, Heath, Cardiff, CF14 4EN.
Tel: 02920 755 731.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Miniature train rides (steam, diesel and electric) and tram rides in delightful parkland on the outskirts of the capital city.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Rhyl Miniature Railway

Marine Lake, Wellington Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, LL18 1AQ.
Tel: 01352 759 109.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Britain's oldest miniature railway, opened in 1911, and is located at Marine Lake, only a short walk from the new iconic pedestrian bridge Pont y Ddraig.…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Margam Park Train

Margam Country Park, Margam, Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ.
Tel: 01639 881 635.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

2ft gauge. Diesel loco.

Railways / Heritage Railways

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