Rhondda Heritage Park – The Welsh Mining Experience Wales
Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Road, ,, Trehafod, 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.
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.
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