Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall
ABERDULAIS, NEATH PORT TALBOT
The industrial heritage of this area goes back to 1584, when copper was first manufactured. Iron smelting and corn milling followed, with a tin plate works being built around 1830. As well as powering industries for over 400 years, this magnificent waterfall inspired artist J. M. W. Turner in 1795. Today the waters of the River Dulais are used to make Aberdulais Falls self-sufficient in environmentally friendly energy. It has the largest electricity-generating waterwheel in Europe. An exciting exhibition and film show how Aberdulais Falls played an important role in the industrialisation of South Wales. Photo credit: Waterfall - courtesy City & County of Swansea
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Lifts for disabled to view falls, ramp into tearoom
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Jan-Mar, Sat-Sun 11-4; Apr-Oct, daily 10.30-5; Nov-Dec, Fri-Sun 11-4
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About the area
Discover Neath Port Talbot
As its name suggests, the main urban areas in this Welsh county borough are the industrial hubs of Neath and Port Talbot.
With a cityscape dominated by Europe’s largest steelworks, Port Talbot is a town which might not make for a natural tourist destination, but is essential to the local economy. Blast furnaces dominate the skyline. Something about the town must generate its own special stardust, though – actors Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheen all came from here.
Neath, meanwhile, is a busy market and industrial town, with most visitors going to Trade Centre Wales, a huge car supermarket close to the town. If you’re not car shopping, highlights of the town include the 12th-century Benedictine Neath Abbey and a Norman castle.
Northeast of Neath, the village of Aberdulais in the Vale of Neath grew up around the Aberdulais Falls – a series of beautiful waterfalls and now the site of a hydroelectric station. It has a great industrial heritage, being the home of two ironworks, a copper smelting plant, a corn watermill and a tinplate factory.
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