Gelligaer & Merthyr Common

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It's a designated Cadw Historic Landscape

Despite at first glance appearing deserted there is more to Gelligaer than meets the eye – its complex history of fact and legend has left interesting Roman and Medieval remains. Among its gems are the interesting Roman and Medieval remains, a megalithic burial mound at Carn Bugail, the Cen Gelligaer Stone and the remnants of Capel Gwladys, the mother of Tydfil the Martyr from which Merthyr Tydfil gets its name.

Gelligaer & Merthyr Common Gelligaer & Merthyr Common  Capel Gwladys

Gelligaer and Merthyr Common is an upland landscape in South East Wales, divided between the county boroughs of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly.  The Common is a living and working landscape, steeped in history.

It is designated Cadw Historic Landscape due to evidence of continued land use and activity from prehistory to the recent past.


  • Gelligaer & Merthyr Common
  • Gelligaer & Merthyr Common
  • Gelligaer & Merthyr Common
  • Gelligaer & Merthyr Common
  • Gelligaer & Merthyr Common
  • Gelligaer & Merthyr Common
  • Gelligaer & Merthyr Common

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