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Aberdare, the 13th largest town in Wales with a population of around 32,000, is situated in the Cynon Valley 3.5 miles south-west of Merthyr Tydfil and 20 miles north-west of Cardiff. Little more than a village at the end of the 18th century, it grew rapidly during the first half of the 19th century due to the presence of coal and iron ore and became a thriving industrial settlement, which was also notable for the vitality of its cultural life and as an important publishing centre. The first decade of the 20th century saw a further sharp increase in population, largely as a result of the steam coal trade, but has since declined owing to the loss of most of the heavy industry.

Aberdare railway station is the terminus of a branch of the Merthyr line; all trains run to/from Cardiff Central.




Rhondda Cynon Taf,
CF44 7DG


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Map reference: SO 001025  Lat: 51.71318 Long: -3.44602

A470 north from the M4 then A4059.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Aderdare station