Cyfarthfa Park & Museum
Built in 1824, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery -
described as the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron
Age in South Wales - was once home to Ironmaster William Crawshay
II and his family. It serves as a reminder to the
Ironmaster's dominance over the town and the wealth the iron
industry brought to the area.
Now home to a fantastic collection of artefacts spanning 2000
years of Merthyr's history, the Museum houses the first steam
whistle, the first voting ballot box and dresses by Laura Ashley
and Julien McDonald.
At the castle you can admire the extensive fine and decorative
art collections including Swansea, Nantgarw and Wedgwood porcelain
and art by Penry Williams - the Welsh Turner, and George Frederick
Harris. Stroll through the atmospheric social and industrial
history galleries which chart the rise of this once great
ironmaking town and learn about Richard Trevithick's Penydarren
Locomotive of 1804, the first locomotive to pull a load along
rails. Or discover the roots of the Labour movement, from the
Merthyr Rising of 1831, and the martyrdom of Dic Penderyn, to the
first Labour MP - Keir Hardie.
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