Rhondda Heritage Park – The Welsh Mining Experience Wales
Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Road, ,, Trehafod, Wales, CF37 2NP
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What makes us a great choice?
With Rhondda Heritage Park being such a unique venue we have the ability to enable students to learn on site whilst giving a greater understanding of subjects by integrating an educational visit into the study of the subject in school. When visits are integrated with the curriculum the sense of cohesion and of belonging is enhanced and as our Educational Officer is able to adapt workshops to suit your individual needs it gives more scope for a successful visit and development of your students.
What is typically included?
Black Gold Tour
Your educational visit will start with the Black Gold Tour – this will take your group on a journey through life in a coal mine by following in the footsteps of our tour guides, who were once real-life miners.
Your experience starts in the recently refurbished and interactive Engine Houses andyou go on into the Lamp Room where you will learn all about the dangerous gases associated with working underground. Your guide will explain the importance of the lamp safety check. Learn about the evolution of underground safety, from the life-saving role of the canary to the invention and introduction of the flame safety lamp.
Continue then into the coal seams and experience life as a coal miner.
Curriculum Links:, Numeracy, History and Science.The Visitor Centre
Home to our indoor reconstruction of a period village street displaying the domestic and commercial life of the South Wales Valleys.
Browse around the authentic village shops which have been reconstructed using locally-sourced original shop facades. Admire the prominent architectural features, and once inside, discover how traditional ironmongers, butchers, printers and cobblers used to look.
Compare and evaluate how shopping for our essential goods has changed over the years and consider what differences this has made to village life.
To ensure you get the most out of your visit, we provide worksheets for you have fun investigating and take back to the classroom.
Worksheets can be sent to you prior to arrival or alternatively you can collect them from our Reception Desk upon arrival for just £5.25 per class.
Grandma’s Wash Day
Curriculum Links: Literacy, Numeracy, History,
A fun-filled activity which is sure to engage the children. They will be able to experience first-hand how Great-Grandma would have tackled the washing in years gone by.
This is a hands-on workshop ideal for Reception Classes and Key Stage 1 pupils.
Discover what wash days were really like in the days before the automatic machine, tumble dryer and electric iron. Learn all about how the advances in technology have changed our everyday domestic practices.
Activity time approximately 45 minutes. Additional price £1 per child.
Children will be able to:
Wash clothes using a scrubbing board, carbolic soap and a washing dolly.
Squeeze water out of the clothes using a mangle.
Hang clothes on a washing line using wooden dolly pegs
Tram Road Guided Walk
Curriculum Links: Literacy, Numeracy, History, Science.
Travel back in time and discover the evolution of industrial transportation and how it was adapted as a form of public transport on Market Day.
Walk down our Tram Road, discover where it started and what remains to this day. Examine the changes in the landscape and explore the nearby surroundings of Barry Sidings.
Along the walk discover how nature has reclaimed what was once taken and shaped by the once-thriving coal industry. This walk is also the perfect opportunity to bring your camera along.
Activity time approximately one hour. Additional price £1 per child.
Additional Activities On Offer
Curriculum Links: Literacy, Numeracy, Geography, History, Science, ICT
Make the most of your visit to Rhondda Heritage Park by also taking part in the following educational activities. There is no time restraint on these activities. They can be completed at a pace to suit individual requirements.
Make and astrolabe and measure the height of our Chimney Stack and other buildings.
In this numeracy-based activity, children will learn how to measure a tall building using a protractor and a 45 Degree angle.
Participants will also make their very-own astrolabe to take home and will have the use of our trundle wheels to carry out their calculations. Activity recording sheet and graph paper also provided.
Cost £10.50 per class
Make a miner’s helmet and safety lamp
This craft-based exercise involves the use of shapes and symmetry. When assembled, each child will have their very-own unique helmet and lamp to take home with them.
Cost £10.50 per class.
Children will need to use their investigatory skills and explore the museum thoroughly to find information and hidden objects. This offers a great opportunity to evaluate how progress has changed the way we live.
Worksheets and pencils provided. Worksheets can be sent out for printing prior to arrival, or alternatively they can be collected from our Reception Desk upon arrival.
Cost £5.25 per class.
Mining arts/artefacts box
A box filled with educational delights and mining memorabilia such as a pair of boots, a stick of dynamite and a selection of original mining photographs through the ages. Children will be able to examine and discuss the contents of the box and artistically make a record of the items by using the medium of charcoal.
Teachers will also be provided with an information pack containing information of all the objects, along with some additional research material to assist with the topic.
Coast £10.50 per classLoan Boxes
We have a variety of loan boxes to help teaching staff deliver a meaningful and relevant educational experience. Our loan boxes can help provide the basis for implementing further skills across the curriculum.
The themes of our loan boxes are Second World War; The Romans; The Tudors; Victorian Toys.
Cost £37 per half term.
Group Sizes Catered For
Rhondda Heritage Park caters for groups of any size. However tours are taken out with a maximum of 25 per time. This is due to the size of the cage taking the group underground. Groups of more than 25 will leave at 30 minute intervals.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Worksheets can be sent to you prior to arrival or alternatively you can collect them from our Reception Desk on the day of your visit.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Yes we encourage this and we have forms that can be signed to allow us to use the images should the School wish to advocate their visit.
Risk Assessment Details
Risk assessments are provided in advance of the booking. These can be sent via email or post. If teachers/group leaders wish to make a familiarisation visit prior to their tour this can be arranged free of charge.
Education Officer Information
Kathrin Lewis, Telephone 01443 682036, Email Kathrin.Lewis@rctcbc.gov.uk
School Children/Teachers £3.95
Teacher 1:10 Free
Your group can pay a deposit and be invoiced for the balance of the trip after your visit – this way you will only pay for actual numbers on the day.
just suitable footwear
First Aid Information
First Aid can be provided on site by fully trained staff.
Caffe Bracchi, situated on the ground floor sells a variety of hot and cold food for visitors to Park. The café will cater specifically for School groups and will arrange packed lunches or meal deals on request. These can be catered specifically to your needs. This is ideal if you have children with a restricted diet. If you wish to bring your own packed lunch a designated area can be arranged for your group.
Our gift shop stocks everything from local interest books and cards to the more unique items synonymous with the Rhondda Valleys. Packed with traditional toys, jewellery, ceramics, traditional Welsh costumes and rugby jerseys, as well as a multitude of gifts and toys specifically chosen for children of all ages.
Energy Zone Play Area
When the children have had their fill of education for the day they can blow off some steam in this seasonal attraction. Situated inside a safe and friendly environment, the Energy Zone is fully equipped with swings, slides, a climbing frame and much more. There is even a toddlers’ play area and a sand pit!
This facility is suitable for children up to the age of 13 and the entry cost is covered with the general admission price you will have already paid
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Rhondda Heritage Park is fully accessible for disabled persons in the Visitor Centre and on the surface tour. However due to the topographical nature underground it is unsafe to take wheelchairs.
Opening Hours & Information
Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm
Jo Kelly An absolute must to educate about this crucial past of history and politics. Thank you Graham. Fab tour and great sense of humour. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Graham Walkden Very educational and enjoyable tour. The children gained a lot of knowledge from it. We shouldn’t forget the blood, sweat and tears of brave men who fuelled the industrial revolution
Claire Ass Merf Fab day out tour was excellent, the play park and extra activities like Grandma’s washday and helmet making an added bonus.
Romilly Primary We have found this trip interesting. We have discovered lots of information to take back to School. It was awesome
Paul and Linda Newman What an informative experience so important not to lose the knowledge and history. Graham is an excellent tour guide and he really brought the “underground” experience and history to life. This should be a national education experience compulsory to every British child, Thanks very much
Coed-y-Dderwen School Excellent tour with very detailed explanation. All children enjoyed. They were left speechless, thanks
The Unicorn School Wonderful- thank you v much – very welcoming.
3rd Oxford Scout Group Graham was a brilliant guide – thank you for loads of information and a good time! Especially underground tunnels
Abby-lee Rees Should keep doing tours it was great fun – from Uni students
New for 2018 – a fully immersive simulated tour ride back to the colliery surface. This will be educational but bring a fun element to the end of the tour for children and adults alike! (cost for this will be included in your ticket price).
New for September 2017 - Get hands on with history. Our collection and archive total more than 10,000 items from Victorian toasting forks and 1950s wedding dresses to 1980s strike banners. By prior arrangement, your educational visit could benefit from a 30 minute object handling session, just ask to be put in touch with our collections department when making your booking. Cost £1 per child