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Visit the People's Park

Sat on the south eastern tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, rural Pontypool is a great spot for a scenic getaway. One of its major local attractions is Pontypool Park, known locally as the People's Park. Its 150 acres are home to Italian gardens, a shell grotto and the Gorsedd Stone Circle, which was erected in 1923 for the National Eisteddfod. There's also a dry ski slope, tennis courts and a pitch and putt. Footpaths at the northern edge of the park lead to the vast Beacons.

Explore Big Pit National Coal Museum

Pontypool has a proud industrial heritage of iron and steel production and coal mining. An award-winning museum in Nearby Blaenavon, Big Pit National Coal Museum is a fascinating place for a day out. Here you can find out how the Welsh mining industry evolved, and see how the life and work of a miner changed from 1850 to 2000. Learn about the uses of coal, the impact of trade unions, and mining disasters and rescue.

Discover nature at Garn Lakes

Once an old colliery, Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve is now the perfect place for spending the day outdoors. This beautiful area is also a big draw for bird watchers looking to spot Willow Warblers and Common Sandpipers. Planning a trip to Pontypool? The Travelodge Newport Central Hotel is a 20-minute drive away and close to Newport cathedral and castle. Another option is the Travelodge Caerphilly Hotel, close to the Caerphilly town centre, which is a 30-minute drive away.