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Things To Do In Merthyr

16 year old’s perception of things to do around Dolygaer - with useful information on local groceries shop, services etc.


By G Pinch


Merthyr Tydfil is a large town in Wales, located 23-25 miles from the Capital City, Cardiff. It was best known for ‘Dowlais Iron Works’ in the early 50s to the late 60s, however time has changed and so has Merthyr Tydfil.


To get to the retail park from Dolygaer you must, head across the metal gate and drive into Pontsticill (a village close by). If you keep following the road it will take you past a estate called Trefechan. If you keep going through there you will come to a crossing. Turn left and make your way to Cefn Coed. As you go through cefn, you will see a turning to the A470. If you follow that road for about 2 minutes you’ll come to a roundabout. If you take the 1st exit, it will take you back down the A470 where you will see another roundabout. Take the 3rd exit and head down there. Again you will come to a roundabout and if you take the 1st exit you have reached your destination.


There are many things to do in Merthyr, such as Cyfarthfa retail park. The retail park has many well known stores such as :

  • JD sports

  • New look

  • Debenhams                                                                                                

  • River Island

  • Outfit

  • Costa coffee and more. As you leave to take the roundabout there is also pets at home and B&Q close together. Also as you exit the Retail park, you can take the second exit and head up to ‘Swansea Road’, where you’ll see a large discount retailers called ‘Trago Mills’. Trago was opened in early April, 2018. Inside the store you will see they have a range of items from furniture to clothing. The store’s opens from 9:00am-8:00pm on weekdays, and 9:00am-6:00pm on weekends .


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You can also drive down the A470 and it will take you to the Merthyr Leisure centre. Merthyr Leisure center has a range of restaurants such as:

  • Nandos

  • Oriental gardens

  • Harvester

  • F&B’s and many more. Also in the same area there is a bowling alley called ‘Super bowl’. They also have an arcade inside and a laser tag area. For younger children they have a small climbing area. Next to ‘Super Bowl’ is the cinema called ‘VUE’. ‘VUE’ cinema is open 10am-3am. Personally, having the restaurants and activities close together is a brilliant idea. Also, there’s a sports centre called Rhydycar. Rhydycar has a range of activities such as swimming, badminton, yoga and so on. Next to Rhydycar is a skate park, where all the young people ‘hang out’.  


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As you leave Rhydycar, you can take the 3rd exit and it will take you either along the one way system or to Tesco. This will then lead you to the town centre. The town centre is rather small. They have many small and large named stores there such as:

  • Wilko’s

  • Poundland

  • Pandora and more. The town centre stores are smaller size stores, however there is a lot less people around which can be convenient.

The town centre hosts numerous events around Merthyr at certain times throughout the year such as The circus which comes to Cyfarthfa Park every year or the fairs which go to the town centre and Cyfarthfa park. At the top of the town they hold a food festival and a chilli festival along with other festivals.


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If you then want to get groceries, the closest store from our establishment is Asda. As you exit Dolygaer and go across the metal bridge and head towards the village. Take the first left you see and it will take you across the dam where you turn right and take that road up to the ‘Y Pant Cad Ifor’. You then turn right and head up pant road. You keep taking that road until you see a crossing, you turn left and then the first right which brings you out onto the A465, you go up the A465 up to a roundabout where you take the first exit up to asda. You then take the first exit on the roundabout into Asda. Asda also has the nearest petrol station. To get back to here, you exit asda and take the third exit down to the roundabout. You then take the 4th exit across the heads of the valley road. You then take the road up to pant road and drive back to the ‘Y Pant Cad Ifor’, turning left. You then drive down the road, across the dam and head back up to Dolygaer. Asda as well as Tesco will deliver to the Dolygaer centre.

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