Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Aberdulais, Neath, SA10 8EU

Contact: 016 396 36674



Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall Neath has always harnessed the power of the waterfall to drive the different industries that thrived here. Originating back to 1584 with the production of the coin of the realm, closely followed by wool and then iron, through to the Victorian Tinworks whose remains are still visible today. Nowadays the waterfall powers the waterwheel to generate electricity, making Aberdulais self-sufficient in green energy.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We can offer many different tailored tour guides to suit your needs, and to fit in with the various subjects within the national curriculum. (Industrial revolution, engineering, hydro power to name but a few). All the staff and volunteers are happy and willing to help and engage with school groups whatever the age range.

We have Victorian costumes for adults and children alike and can offer Victorian style classrooms.

Additional activities available onsite including a maypole and Victorian games such as hoopla and skittles.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

We can tailor a visit to cover any topic or subject that the teacher is running at the time.
Our site is truly diverse and covers many different subjects including geography, history, mathematics, science, design & technology, environmental studies, and art & design.

Current key stages could include all the above plus water & weather systems, engineering, hydro power and the industrial revolution.

Do you have a YouTube Video link regarding your venue?

Property event video on YouTube –

Are you currently on Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter –

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

No – not Nationally, although some local parts of the National Trust are accredited.

What size groups do they cater for?

We can cater for up to 50 approx in one session, but we are happy to run a number of sessions throughout the day. Early opening of the site can be pre-arranged to suit.

Please provide advance notice if a guided tour is required.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We have an education pack specifically designed for teachers giving them info about Aberdulais, but it is quite dated and currently in a working progress to modernize it. Teachers are more than welcome to visit the site beforehand and to chat to staff and discuss how we can best suit the needs of the school.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

No problems with photo, video and audio, but we would kindly request credit to National Trust.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers are welcome to come down and risk assess site if they wish. Property risk assessments are done.

Teachers are responsible during their visit for supervision of pupils.

What does it cost?

If the school is part of the National Trust’s education membership scheme, then the entrance to Aberdulais is free for children and teachers alike.

For 2016 membership starts from just £42 per year. Please feel free to contact the property for more information about annual school membership – 01639 636674.

Alternatively, child rate is £2.30 per child with teachers/assistants coming in free of charge.

Is specific clothing required?

Weather dependant – sensible shoes.

Do you have first aid on site?

We have qualified first aiders on site.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?


Tea-room available (hot and cold food would need to be pre-ordered. Snacks and drinks can be purchased at any point)

Picnic tables & lawn area - Function room if wet

Shop which sells a range of goods including “pocket-money” items

Victorian games - hopscotch, maypole

Victorian costumes 

Are there disabled facilities?

Fully accessible for wheelchairs/pushchairs – lifts, ramps etc

Disabled toilets. 

What are your opening days and hours?

Open daily until Sunday 30th October

From 4th Nov – 18th Dec we are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

21 March–4 Sept 10:30-5

5 Sept–30 Oct 11-4

4 Nov-18 Dec 11-4

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

For large groups we can often accommodate special opening times, with prior agreement – call to discuss your requirements.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

The site is a National Trust property and as such is open daily to the public.
Aberdulais is a compact site, approx 400metres all round.

A film entitled “Reflections through Tin” plays in our Turbine House, and is a 10 minute film explaining all about the site, how it developed through the ice age right up until now, and includes stories and exerts from children and adults who lived and worked at Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall.

In summary, Aberdulais will endeavor to cater to your requirements, and tailor tours and classes to your needs.

Wherever possible, please ensure to give us enough notice to organize your requirements.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Crafts Duke of Edinburgh Award Environment Centres Green Awareness Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Observation Wheels Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Residential School Trips Science & Technology Tourism Organisations Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December