Margam Country Park
PORT TALBOT, NEATH PORT TALBOT
The heart of the estate is the 19th-century mansion house commissioned by Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803-1890), Liberal MP for Glamorgan for 60 years; and built by Thomas Hooper (1776-1856) in 1830-35. Set in 1,000 acres of glorious parkland, Margam offers beauty, history, wildlife and a wide range of family attractions. There is the 18th-century orangery and Grade II listed Citrus House, along with monastic ruins that were part of a Cistercian abbey that dated back to 1147. Children will enjoy the magical village with its miniature houses, adventure castle and play areas, as well as an adventure playground with tunnels, elevated walkway, aerial runway and rope bridge. Go Ape! is also part of the experience, as well as a more leisurely narrow gauge railway and a farm trail with Glamorgan cattle and rare breeds. Deer, including the endangered Pere David, can be seen roaming freely in the parkland.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Some areas of park rough terrain
- Facilities: Electric Tramper & wheelchairs available for free loan
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, please check website for full details
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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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