National Trust Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall Neath
Aberdulais, Neath, , SA10 8EU
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What we offer
Aberdulais Tin Works and 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.
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.
What makes us a great choice?
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.
Accreditation and Awards
No - not Nationally, although some local parts of the National Trust are accredited.
What is typically included?
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 and technology, environmental studies, and art and design.
Current key stages could include all the above plus water and weather systems, engineering, hydro power and the industrial revolution.
Group Sizes Catered 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.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
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.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
No problems with photo, video and audio, but we would kindly request credit to National Trust.
Risk Assessment Details
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.
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.
Weather dependant - sensible shoes.
First Aid Information
We have qualified first aiders on site.
Tea-room available (hot and cold food would need to be pre-ordered. Snacks and drinks can be purchased at any point)
Picnic tables and lawn area - Function room if wet
Shop which sells a range of goods including pocket-money items
Victorian games - hopscotch, maypole
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Fully accessible for wheelchairs/p>ushchairs - lifts, ramps etc
Opening Hours & Information
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.