Cefn Coed Colliery Museum
CRYNANT, NEATH PORT TALBOT
The museum is on the site of a former working colliery, and tells the story of mining in the Dulais Valley. A steam winding engine has been kept and is now operated by electricity, and there is also a simulated underground mining gallery, boilerhouse, compressor house, and exhibition area. Outdoor exhibits include a stationary colliery locomotive. Exhibitions relating to the coal mining industry are held on a regular basis. The museum is now home to the Dulais Valley Historical Model Railway Society who, with the help from the Heritage Lottery Fund have created an ever increasing layout depicting the Neath-Brecon railway through the valley. See the refurbished Hunslett engine on its own track and one of the last remaining gas powered trams in the world.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Access to some exhibition areas restricted by steps & stairs
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open May-Sep, Thu-Tue (closed Wed) 10.30-5 (last entry 4.30); Oct-Apr, groups welcome by prior arrangement
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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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