NEATH, NEATH PORT TALBOT
The ruins of Neath Abbey, founded around 1130 as a Cistercian abbey and gatehouse, are quite substantial and pretty impressive. Heavy rainfall in recent years has damaged much of the abbey’s stonework and repairs are currently under way, restricting access in certain parts. Call or check the website for more details before visiting. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Toilets only during spring and summer months
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-4 (last admission 3.30). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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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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