Originally a small market town, Neath grew into a large manufacturing base for iron, steel and tinplate during the industrial revolution. The town currently has a population of around 50,000, and although it lacks any specific tourist attractions, its location near the stunning Swansea and Neath Valleys make it a convenient, if not overly inspiring, base for touring these places.
Neath Castle. . Insubstantial ruins, but worth a look if in the area.
Neath Abbey. Built in 1130, it was once described as the fairest abbey in all of Wales, but now only ruins remain.
Victoria Gardens in the center of town - a traditional Victorian-style park.
Gnoll Country Park
South Wales Miners Museum, Afan Forest Park, Cynonville. Tel:+44 1639 850-564. . This museum located in the country-side near Neath provides a look at life in a South Wales colliery. Exhibits include working machinery and records of lives of local miners. Open: April-Sep 9:30AM-5PM (until 6PM at weekends). Oct-March 10:30Am-4PM (9:30AM-5PM at weekends). Admission: Adult £1.20