On this page you can find out more about organisations we work with, are funded by, or other services available in the Cynon Valley to supplement your visit to the Museum.

Things to do while you're here

Penderyn Distillery produces award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits in the foothills of the magnificent Brecon Beacons in South Wales.

Aberdare Park Treat yourself to a day out in a traditional Victorian park, complete with duck and boating lake, cafe and bandstand.

St Elvan’s Church The Cathedral of the Valleys

Dare Valley Country Park  Welcome to 500 acres of countryside, walks, trails and family fun all within a mile of Aberdare.

Cyfartha Castle Park & Museum Covering 65 hectares it occupies a prominent position overlooking the town of Merthyr Tydfil and the historic site of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks. The Park also provides a beautiful backdrop to the Grade I listed Cyfarthfa Castle, former home to the illustrious Crawshay family, and is recognised as being the best example of a 19th century Ironmaster’s residence to have survived in South Wales.

The Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park Follow in the footsteps of the miners who once worked at the Lewis Merthyr Colliery, right here in the heart of the Rhondda Valley – the ‘Home of Coal.’

Pontypridd Museum Pontypridd Museum occupies Tabernacl Chapel, at the north end of the town. The chapel was built in 1861, and still has its pipe-organ and unusually decorative interior, which has recently been restored. It was purchased by Pontypridd Town Council in 1983 and re-opened as the town’s museum in 1986.

The Coliseum Theatre Nestled in a residential street in Aberdare, this striking building has a varied programme that includes comedy, music, drama, light entertainment and family events. Digital cinema also forms an essential part of the programme.

Bike Park Wales BikePark Wales is built for riders, by riders.

For more information about things to do, across Rhondda Cynon Taf, see the Visit RCT website or for information about Wales’ castles and historic buildings, see the CADW website.

Local organisations

Cynon Valley History Society   The Cynon Valley History Society was founded in Aberdare in 1971. Our objectives are to promote, encourage and maintain an active interest in the history of the district in all its aspects; to arrange talks and lectures; to undertake original research and assist in the collection of local material such as manuscripts, books, artefacts and photographs, and to publish titles on local history.

Friends of Aberdare Park  Inspired by a group of like minded residents seeking to improve the facilties in Aberdare Park the ‘Friends of Aberdare Park’ formed in 2015. Over the last two years, we have become a registered charity and have continued to build on our membership.  We are a team of action focused volunteers who have a shared goal of improving the facilities for the residents of our community. 

Cynon Valley Women’s Institute

Aberdare Camera Club We are a small but friendly club who meet on Monday evenings between 7:30 and 9:30pm at the St.Fagans Church Hall, Windsor St, Trecynon. Come along and say “Hi” no matter what your experience level or camera equipment. We would love to see you.

Aberdare Art Society A local group for people interested in creating art. If you want to become a member come along to one of our meetings on Wednesday 7pm. We are open to everyone, all art abilities welcome, any medium and style

Menter Iaith RCT ‘Mentrau Iaith’ are local organisations who support communities to increase and expand the use of the Welsh language. Menter Iaith operate in one county usually, encouraging local enthusiasm to use more of the Welsh language. Menter Iaith advise and support individuals, organisations and businesses and deliver activities and services given the demand to raise the profile and use of the language. 



The Museum recieves no statutory funding to keep the doors open and generates the running costs of the Museum through the shop, cafe, galleries and rooms. The CVMT is grateful for the additional support provided from the following organisations:


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